We love to unearth lesser-known classics here at Blueprint Review so we were excited to hear about Studiocanal’s forthcoming restorations of two of Joseph Losey’s films, The Go-Between and The Criminal, on Blu-Ray and DVD. This time around though, rather than simply review the titles, we thought we’d offer up copies as competition prizes to our loyal readers and Studiocanal have kindly offered us 2 Blu-ray copies of both films to give away.

Details on how to enter the competition are at the bottom of this page, but in the meantime, here’s some information about the films:

THE GO-BETWEEN

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce the release of a new 4k restoration of the multi-award-winning British classic THE GO-BETWEEN on September 16. Available to own on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download, audiences will at last be able to revisit the film looking better than ever as part of the Vintage Classics collection. Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray packages will also include an exclusive booklet and set of art cards.

Featuring an outstanding cast that boasts Julie Christie (Far From the Madding Crowd, Don’t Look Now), Alan Bates (Women in Love, Far From the Madding Crowd), Dominic Guard (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Margaret Leighton (The Good Die Young), Edward Fox (A Bridge too Far, Gandhi) and Michael Redgrave (The Lady Vanishes, The Browning Version), fans will also be given the opportunity to experience the film on the big screen via a special premiere taking place in Norwich (TBC).

Directed by Joseph Losey (The Criminal, Accident), this breath-taking adaptation of L.P. Hartley’s novel brought to the screen by the celebrated screenwriter Harold Pinter was an instant hit on its original release in 1971. Winning both audience and critical acclaim, as well as a raft of awards (including 4 BAFTAs and the prestigious Palme d’Or), the visceral story of an Edwardian romance set during one seemingly endless Norfolk Summer, continues to endure with a contemporary audience. The film was acknowledged by Ian McEwan as a strong inspiration for his modern classic, Atonement.

For the 2019 restoration of THE GO-BETWEEN, STUDIOCANAL returned to the original camera negative where possible and, only when confronted by severe damage that could not be repaired, alternative sources were used. These elements were scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit. The project involved over 200 hours of manual frame by frame fixes and resulted in the creation of a new 4k DCP, and a new HD version, which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases. 

Set over the course of the sweltering Norfolk summer of 1900, Marian (Julie Christie) is set to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox), a well-bred viscount and her perfect match. Marian’s young brother, Marcus (Richard Gibson), invites his classmate Leo (Dominic Guard) to stay at the grand house for the holiday. Quickly, Leo becomes besotted with the vivacious Marian and, innocent of romantic and sexual matters, unwittingly becomes a pawn in the forbidden romance between her and eminently unsuitable local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates).

As the oppressive heat intensifies so too does Leon’s burgeoning adolescent questioning of love, attraction and the rules of the upper class that he doesn’t really belong to. Both a beautifully subtle critique of the English class system and a visual masterpiece that perfectly captures the timeless beauty of an English Edwardian summer

DVD / Blu-Ray Extras
NEW Interview with Dominic Guard
Anglia local news 31/07/1970 – featuring location report and i/vs with Julie Christie, Joseph Losey & Margaret Leighton
Behind the scenes stills gallery
Original Trailer
Interview with Josh Losey
Interview with Patricia Losey
Michael Billington on Harold Pinter
Interview with Gerry Fisher
Interview with John Heyman
Horlicks Television advert directed by Joseph Losey

THE CRIMINAL

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce that a newly restored version of director Joseph Losey’s (The Go-Between, Accident) gritty crime drama about the British penal system, THE CRIMINAL, will be released on September 16 on DVD, Digital Download and, for the very first time, on Blu-Ray looking better than ever as part of the Vintage Classics collection.

Featuring a great British cast including Stanley Baker (Zulu, The Guns of Navarone), Sam Wanamaker (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Death on the Nile), Grégoire Aslan (Cleopatra, The Return of The Pink Panther), Margit Saad (Playback, The Saint) and Jill Bennett (For your Eyes Only, Moulin Rouge), THE CRIMINAL was deemed shocking upon its original release for its unashamedly graphic violence but was highly acclaimed for the beautiful stark black and white cinematography by Oscar winner Robert Krasker and cool score by jazz legend John Dankworth. THE CRIMINAL is an intelligent and naturalistic precursor to the British gangster film genre that continues to enjoy success to this day.

For the 2019 restoration of THE CRIMINAL, STUDIOCANAL returned to the original camera negative wherever possible and, only when confronted by severe damage that could not be repaired, alternative sources were used. These elements were scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit. The project involved over 200 hours of manual frame by frame fixes and resulted in the creation of a new DCP, and a new HD version, which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases. 

Ex-con Johnny (Stanley Baker) used his time in prison wisely – to plan the biggest robbery of his career. The robbery goes smoothly and Johnny goes to bury the money in a field until the heat is off, as agreed with friend and racketeer Mike Carter (Sam Wanamaker) and the rest of the gang. In a moment of weakness, Johnny pockets five hundred-odd pounds from the haul. Coupled with a tip-off from his ex-girlfriend (Jill Bennett) this proves to be his undoing and Johnny is soon back in prison. The rest of the gang try in vain to get the location of the money out of him without success until Mike hits upon the idea of a break-out using Johnny’s new love Suzanne (Margit Saad) as bait.

DVD / Blu-Ray Extras
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
Stills gallery

BOTH TITLES WILL BE RELEASED ON DVD, BLU-RAY & DOWNLOAD ON SEPTEMBER 16

Entering the Competition

To enter you simply need to share the competition on social media AND email us your details.

To use Twitter to share the competition, follow us @blueprintrev and copy and paste the following into a Tweet:

#competition @blueprintrev @StudiocanalUK Win #JosephLosey films on Blu-ray http://blueprintreview.co.uk/2019/09/competition-win-joseph-losey-blu-rays

Or you can share the page on Facebook by pasting the link or using the appropriate share icons below (don’t forget to ‘Like’ us too): www.facebook.com/bpreview

Once you’ve shared/tweeted the competition, you need to email us (subject – Joseph Losey Blu-ray Competition’) with your name, Twitter/Facebook handle (whichever you used to share the competition) and postal address to: info@blueprintreview.co.uk

2 winners will be picked at random when the competition has closed. The competition is only open to residents of the UK – one entry per person and Blueprint: Review contributors are not eligible. The competition ends on 23rd September 2019 at 12pm. The winner will be contacted by email soon after that date.

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