Oh! What A Lovely War (R2) in October
Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Oh! What A Lovely War for 30th October 2006 priced at £15.99. Richard Attenborough’s directorial debut will be released on DVD for the first time after a 37 year wait on Monday 30th October 2006, just 13 days before Remembrance Sunday. It’s the first time that this masterpiece of 1960’s British cinema has been seen on any home entertainment format.
Lovingly restored for DVD, Oh! What A Lovely War, boasts an all-star cast that includes John Mills, John Gielgud, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Corin Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, Susannah York, Dirk Bogarde, Jack Hawkins, Edward Fox and Maggie Smith. The film received a staggering nine BAFTA nominations and marched away with five awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Laurence Olivier.
Oh! What A Lovely War re-interprets real First World War events as a musical, featuring show-stopping set-pieces juxtaposed with the brutality of life in the trenches. Using simple but extremely effective cinematic techniques, the film follows the fortunes of the fictitious Smith Family as they draw us through the historic battles of World War One, both on the front and at home.
For this very special DVD release, Lord Attenborough has recorded his first feature-length Audio Commentary. Also included on the disc are three original documentaries, Welcome To World War One, The Smith Family Album and Keep The Home Fires Burning. All include never previously seen interviews with Lord Attenborough, Corin Redgrave, Ann Skinner, Angela Thorne, Edward Fox and Susannah York, with footage from the movie and stills from the Paramount Archive. The combined running time of the documentaries is approximately 73 minutes.