Jack Gold's film about life and death in a shabby London hospital interweaves the story of the real hospital with a fantasy one which exists in the soap-opera world of 'Nurse Norton's Affair', where everything is fully funded and patients are miraculously cured. A darkly funny satire on the state of the nation and also a deeply prescient comment on TV's ability to turn tragedy into entertainment, The National Health sits somewhere between the bawdy antics of the Carry On films and the angry satire of Lindsay Anderson’s Britannia Hospital, but emerges as a starkly prophetic film, more relevant now than ever. Available for the first time ever in the UK. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: High Definition remaster Original mono audio New audio commentary with star Jim Dale New interview with playwright and author Peter Nichols (2017, tbc mins) Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film World premiere on Blu-ray UK DVD premiere Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies
A showcase for some of the most unexpected and surprising turns in the great director’s prolific career: The Whole Town’s Talking is a screwball comedy about a law-abiding man (played by Edward G Robinson) who happens to be the doppelganger of Public Enemy No. 1, ‘Killer’ Mannion; The Long Gray Line is a Ford military picture with a difference, focusing its attentions away from the battlefield and onto the fifty-year career of an Irish immigrant who rises through the ranks at West Point; The Last Hurrah is a star-studded political drama boasting the talents of Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Pat O’Brien, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp, and John Carradine, and; Gideon’s Day takes us on a twenty-four journey in the life of Jack Hawkins’ titular London-based detective. All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Long Gray Line making its world Blu-ray premiere. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units. Extras: THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING 4K restoration Original mono audio Introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz (2014) Cymbaline (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ‘The Whole Town’s Talking’ (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian Sheldon Hall on ‘The Whole Town’s Talking’ (2020): new appreciation by the film historian Pamela Hutchinson on Jean Arthur (2020): a look at the life and career of the acclaimed actor Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Farran Smith Nehme, an extract from the W R Burnett’s Jail Breaker, Edward G Robinson on The Whole Town’s Talking, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray THE LONG GRAY LINE 4k restoration Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Diana Drumm, Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme Living and Dead (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ‘The Long Gray Line’ (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian The Red, White and Blue Line (1955): rare promotional film, featuring the principal cast of The Long Gray Line Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Nick Pinkerton, archival interviews with John Ford, Maureen O’Hara on The Long Gray Line, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Anthony Nield on The Red, White and Blue Line, and film credits World premiere on Blu-ray GIDEON’S DAY 4K restoration Original mono audio Alternative feature presentation with the US Gideon of Scotland Yard titles Audio commentary with film historian Charles Barr (2020) Milk and Sugar (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ‘Gideon’s Day’ (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian John Ford’s London (2020): new appreciation by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London Interview with Elaine Schreyeck (2020): the continuity supervisor recollects her work on the set John Ford and Lindsay Anderson at the NFT (1957): rare silent footage of Ford visiting London’s National Film Theatre during the production of Gideon’s Day Original UK theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, an interview with producer Michael Killanin, Jack Hawkins on Gideon’s Day, Lindsay Anderson on John Ford, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray THE LAST HURRAH 2K restoration Original mono audio True Blue (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ‘The Last Hurrah’ (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Imogen Sarah Smith, John Ford on Spencer Tracy and The Last Hurrah, screenwriter Frank S Nugent on John Ford, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Extras subject to chang
Based on the acclaimed, ‘unfilmable’ novel by William Wharton, about a boy who dreams of flying, Alan Parker’s elliptical, ethereal film is just as vividly poetic as its source. Birdy is story of two unlikely boyhood friends, the confident and popular Al (Nicolas Cage – Wild at Heart, Leaving Las Vegas) and Birdy (Matthew Modine – Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things), awkward, withdrawn, and obsessed with birds. The advent of the war in Vietnam shatters their youth, and they both return irrevocably changed – one physically traumatised, the other emotionally fractured. This unique and affecting film from director Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Angel Heart), features skilful, highly committed central performances from young stars Modine and Cage (who allegedly had teeth removed for his gruelling role), and a wonderful score by Peter Gabriel. Birdy is a great unsung gem of 1980s cinema, and is presented here in a brand-new, director-approved 2K restoration. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: 2K restoration supervised and approved by director Alan Parker Original stereo audio New and exclusive audio commentary with Parker and the BFI’s Justin Johnson The Abstraction of War (2019, 25 mins): actor Matthew Modine fondly remembers the experience of working with the cast and crew of Birdy Learning to Fly (2019, 14 mins): screenwriters Jack Behr and Sandy Kroopf reflect on the challenges of adapting an ‘unfilmable’ novel Peter Gabriel on Making the Music for ‘Birdy’ (2000, 7 mins): archival interview with the acclaimed composer Bird Watching (2019, 17 mins): a personal appreciation of the work of author William Wharton by filmmaker Keith Gordon No Hard Feelings (1976, 55 mins): Parker’s early film, which follows a troubled young man in wartime London Original theatrical trailer Image galleries: promotional and publicity material, and a selection of rare items from Matthew Modine’s personal collection New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 48-page booklet with a new essay by Frank Collins, an extensive account of the making of the film by Alan Parker, an overview of critical responses, Jeff Billington on No Hard Feelings, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 5,000 copies
The Cruise of the Dazzler is an early adventure novel for boys by Jack London, set in his home city of San Francisco. In the novel, Joe Bronson, instead of studying for a school exam, goes out kite-flying with his school friends; on their way back he gets involved in fights with gang members in a poor part of the city. After he fails the exam the next day, he walks out of school and takes a ferry across the bay to Oakland. Looking at the boats on the wharf, he imagines the exciting life on a boat.His father, a businessman, has a liberal attitude to his son; but, critical of his recent behavior and poor school report, tells him that he might send him to a military academy. Joe runs away and joins the crew of a sloop he sees in San Francisco Bay. He finds the captain is involved in criminal activities. The nautical activities on board a sailing boat are authentically described, and there are convincing descriptions of boats enduring stormy weather at sea. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/009859/bk_edel_009859_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Essays in Biography is a play on words conveying Carl Rollyson's attempt to explore the nature of biography in pieces about the history of the genre and in portrayals of biographers (Plutarch, Leon Edel, and W. A. Swanberg), literary figures (Lillian Hellman, Jack London), philosophers and critics (Leo Strauss and Hippolyte Taine), political figures (Winston Churchill and Napoleon), and artists (Rembrandt and Rubens). An essay in biography, Rollyson argues, is an effort to comprehend a life that is inherently incomplete and subject to revision. Many of the facts about a biographical subject's life that are blandly presented in reference books have been discovered by biographers at great cost to their reputations. With the history of biography as a censored genre in mind, he encourages consumers of biography to be critical of the biographies they come across - no matter whether those biographies are book-length narratives or short encyclopedia entries. Many of the pairings in Essays in Biography are meant to evoke Plutarch's presentation of "parallel lives". The biographical essay, Rollyson concludes, is a unique form of knowledge, one that modern critics have devalued by trying to separate the creator from his creation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Russell Stamets. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044424/bk_acx0_044424_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This Audible Exclusive recording of Angela Carter's iconic novel, Nights at the Circus, is brought to you by celebrated actress and voice artist, Adjoa Andoh. It is described by Carter herself as a 'psychedelic Dickens.' A compelling and thought provoking novel which heralds a new age, we're introduced to the unique and mesmerizing character of Sophi Fevvers and her illustrious wings.... About the book Said to be part woman, part swan, Sophi Fevvers stars in Colonel Kearney's Circus, beloved and admired by audiences all around Europe. Courted by the Prince of Wales himself and fawned on by American journalist, Jack Walser, Sophi defies expectation by embarking on a journey of self-discovery, and taking the listener on an intoxicating trip around London, St Petersburg and Siberia. One of Carter's most empowered female protagonists, Fevvers heralds a 'new Age in which no women will be bound down to the ground,' making this a timeless and wholly inspiring literary masterpiece. About the author Angela Carter was born in 1940, in Sussex. She grew up in the shabbily respectable south London district of Balham, the second child of an eccentric journalist father and a neurotic housewife mother. She studied English at Bristol University before travelling extensively, teaching and writing numerous best-selling novels. They have all received considerable critical acclaim and remain firm favourites of modern English literature. Angela was a devout feminist throughout her life, wrote for Spare Rib magazine and voted Labour. Her novels are wholly reflective of her world views and continue to inspire new generations of men and women worldwide. About the narrator Adjoa Andoh is a British film, television, stage and radio actress, best-known for her roles in Invictus, Doctor Who, Liar and National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereus 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adjoa Andoh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031840/bk_adbl_031840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pandora’s Box: A Tragedy in Three Acts by Frank Wedekind. Play translated by Samuel A. Eliot Jnr. Prologue translated by Leanne Yau and Alan Weyman and rendered into verse by Charlotte Duckett. Presented by The Online Stage. This play is the sequel to "Earth Spirit", in which the adventurous and manipulative Lulu marries and rids herself of three husbands, only to be arrested for the murder of the third. In "Pandora’s Box", Lulu escapes from prison only to be forced in the life of a courtesan. Reduced to desperate poverty, she meets her end at the hands of murderous customer in London. In Wedekind’s sordid morality tale, all Lulu’s main associates suffer premature and unnatural deaths, except for the degenerate Schigolch, who is one of the most unpleasant characters in the European drama. In Wedekind's dark world, virtue is a practical improbability and vice, although often punished, continues to thrive. In the prologue, which has been specially translated for this production, Wedekind pillories the forces of censorship and critical approval, against which he contended almost continuously throughout his writing career. Full cast of narrators includes: The Enterprising Publisher - John Burlinson The Ordinary Reader - K.G.Cross The Bashful Author - Joseph Tabler The Attorney General - Alan Weyman Play Rodrigo Quast - Ron Altman Lulu - Charlotte Duckett Countess Geschwitz - Leanne Yau Schigolch Marty Kryz Alva Schön - Brett Downey Count Casti Piani - John Burlinson Detective and Jack - Garrison Moore Heilmann and Dr. Hilti – Joseph Tabler Puntschu and Kungu Poti- Alan Weyman Alfred Hugenberg and Kadidia - Chyanne Donnell Bianetta and Magelone - K.G.Cross Ludmilla Steinherz and Bob - P.J. Morgan Stage directions read by Denis Daly. Audio edited by De 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Altman, Charlotte Duckett, Marty Kryz, Brett Downey, John Burlinson, Alan Weyman, Leanne Yau. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/002419/bk_mike_002419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.