STUDIOCANAL Announce A Brand New 4K Restoration Of Joseph Losey’s British Anti-War Classic KING AND COUNTRY
A British anti-war classic directed by Joseph Losey
Starring Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay
Available in the UK for the first time ever on BLU-RAY & DIGITAL and on a new DVD on 6TH NOVEMBER
STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a brand new 4k restoration of British anti-war classic KING AND COUNTRY (1964) from esteemed American director Joseph Losey (THE SERVANT), available in time for Remembrance Day on Blu-Ray & Digital for the first time ever in the UK, plus a new DVD on 6th November, through the Vintage Classics brand. The new restoration of KING AND COUNTRY recently premiered at Venice Film Festival to great acclaim.
Returning for another stellar collaboration with director Joseph Losey is revered British actor Dirk Bogarde (THE SERVANT), seen here as Captain Hargreaves, a tough army lawyer assigned to defend army volunteer-turned-deserter Private Hamp, played by the brilliant Tom Courtenay (BILLY LIAR), whose remarkable performance earned him Best Actor at the 1964 Venice Film Festival Awards alongside a BAFTA nomination. Leo McKern (THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE) and Barry Foster (TWISTED NERVE) also star.
Set during WWI, KING AND COUNTRY is an emotionally powerful film that explores the effects of war on the human psyche. Based on the John Wilson play Hamp which itself originated from the 1955 novel Return To The Wood by James Lansdale Hodson, the film marked the third of multiple director-actor collaborations between Losey and Bogarde, which also included 1954 thriller THE SLEEPING TIGER, the ground-breaking 1963 drama THE SERVANT and ACCIDENT (1967), also now available from the Vintage Classics collection.
Produced from the original camera negative held at the BFI, the stunning new restoration will also include a brand new interview with Tom Courtenay alongside an archive interview with Dirk Bogarde and a gallery of ‘Behind the Scenes’ film stills.
During World War I, a young soldier, Hamp (Courtenay) deserts his post, attempting to escape the relentless guns and mud and walk home. Captain Hargreaves (Bogarde), an aristocratic British Army lawyer, must defend Hamp before the army tribunal, for whom the crime of desertion carries the threat of execution. Initially, Hargreaves approaches Hamp's case with disdain; however, upon learning that Hamp volunteered for duty on a dare, that he is the sole survivor of his unit and that his wife has been unfaithful in his absence, his efforts on Hamp's behalf become more impassioned and earnest. In the face of cold army bureaucracy, Hargreaves's arguments fall on deaf ears as Hamp becomes a victim of morale-boosting on the eve of the troop's deployment into an impending bloody battle.
- New Tom Courtenay on King & Country
- Archive Interview with Dirk Bogarde (1964)
- Behind the Scenes stills gallery
87 mins approx (Blu-Ray) / 83 mins approx (DVD)
English Language/ Cert: 12 / Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired
© 1964 British Home Entertainment Plc
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The stunning roster of incomparable VINTAGE CLASSICS titles includes outstanding thrillers, heart-rending masterworks, horror favourites, war dramas, Ealing comedies, and plenty of lesser-known gems. The collection boasts some of the greatest and beloved stars of British cinema including Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Diana Dors, Richard Attenborough, Julie Christie, Hayley Mills and Jenny Agutter, directed by auteurs such as David Lynch, John Schlesinger, Carol Reed, Roger Corman, Nic Roeg and Joseph Losey. 2023’s slate saw the addition of The Wicker Man (1973) and Richard Lester’s swash-bucklers The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974) all in 4k, three titles by the incomparable Muriel Box: The Passionate Stranger (1957), The Truth About Women (1957) and Rattle of A Simple Man (1964), Losey and Bogarde together for the heart-breaking anti-war film King & Country (1964), and a brand new 4k restoration of Zoltan Korda’s seminal adaptation of Cry, the Beloved Country (1952). Coming to the brand in 2024 are Michael Powell’s horror masterpiece Peeping Tom (1960), Powell & Pressburger’s The Small Back Room (1949) and Oh Rosalinda…!! (1955), Jack Clayton’s Room at the Top (1958), and many more!
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