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This Sporting Life on Blu-Ray from Network

RICHARD Harris (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Field) gives a career-best performance as the brutally competitive miner in This Sporting Life (12) released on Blu-ray for the first time on 9 June 2014 courtesy of Network Distributing, RRP £14.99.

Strongly supported by Rachel Roberts (Murder on the Orient Express) as his bitter landlady, they both received Oscar nominations for their performances, with Roberts winning the BAFTA for Best British Actress. David Storey's compelling script was also BAFTA nominated, while director Lindsay Anderson was nominated for the Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for his unflinching look at working-class life set in the bleak landscape of Northern England. This Sporting Life is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Miner Frank Machin lodges with a widow, Mrs. Hammond. His competitive nature and powerful physique cause him to join the local rugby team and, as his career progresses, so too his brutal nature distances him from those around him. Success – and perhaps a new sense of insecurity – seems to make Frank harsher and cruder.

Special features:
• Original theatrical trailer
• Four image galleries, including extensive promotional and behind-the-scenes shots
• Promotional material PDFs
• Commemorative booklet PDF by film historian David Rolinson
• Instant play facility

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