Exclusive Look At New Classic British Cinema Titles From Studiocanal Archives 11Jan2013


As publicised before Christmas, from April 2013 the first wave of a flood of classic British films acquired from Studiocanal’s archives will be making their way into film lovers’ homes, with many unseen since their initial theatrical screening.

With each month featuring a clutch of rarities and lost gems, April features the DVD debut of the highly-anticipated film version of Man at the Top. Joe Lampton ingratiates his way to the top but, as in this exclusive preview of the new restoration, he finds himself on the wrong side of the hunt:

The current line-up is as follows, though may be subject to change:

April:
Ealing Rarities volume one:
– ESCAPE (1930)
– CHEER UP! (1936)
– PENNY PARADISE (1940)
– WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1954)
THE HOUSE IN NIGHTMARE PARK (1973)
FLYING FIFTY-FIVE (1939 – Edgar Wallace)
SPANISH FLY (1976)
MAN AT THE TOP (1973)
ON THE FIDDLE (1961)

May:
Ealing Rarities volume two:
– MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1935)
– BRIEF ECSTASY (1938)
– THE BIG BLOCKADE (1942)
– THE FOUR JUST MEN (1939)
HANDGUN (1983)
PERFECT FRIDAY (1971)
KONGA (1961)
THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF (1970)
KEEP IT UP DOWNSTAIRS (1976)
THE FOUR JUST MEN (1939 – Edgar Wallace – same as in Ealing Rarities 2 set)

June:
Ealing Rarities volume three:
– CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE (1944)
– DEATH DRIVES THROUGH (1935)
– THE IMPASSIVE FOOTMAN (1932)
– FRIEDA (1947)
DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954)
HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959)
THE LOVERS (1973)
THE TERROR (1939 – Edgar Wallace)
THE ELSTREE STORY (1953)
SOME PEOPLE (1962)

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Competitively priced to appeal to both the film-lover and casual collector, each release will be sourced from the best available materials with many films containing special features. For example, Man at the Top, alongside a new transfer in its original 1.75:1 theatrical ratio, will currently include:

[] Full Frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
[] original theatrical trailer
[] Image gallery

The RRP for single films will be £9.99 and the Ealing Rarities releases (four films on two discs) will be £14.99. As can be seen from the Man at the Top packshot to the left, each release will be housed in a space-saving 7mm case – giving you room to keep more DVDs on your shelf!

Check back here at this site for future exclusives!

Comments:22

  1. Keith Porter Reply
    13/01/11

    The new site looks superb – looking forward to all these new releases in 2013; especially at the bargain £9.99 price!

  2. Don Tate Reply
    13/01/11

    Can’t wait for June and the release of Some People

  3. Kenneth Henderson Reply
    13/01/11

    Great stuff. I will be buying all as they become available. I will duplicate a few of the Ealing titles buying the sets but at the price to get the others, not a problem.

    A lot more in that archive pre-1950 so I look forward to some real “lost” gems.

  4. Aaron Brown Reply
    13/01/12

    A fantastic initial selection of releases. Well picked, Network! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of them.

  5. Paul Burton Reply
    13/01/12

    Hi Network, This is all excellent news! Keep up the great work! Paul Burton, Film & TV Historian

  6. nicolas botti Reply
    13/01/12

    That ils great news! But do your DVDs will at last feature some HOH subtitles ?
    As webmaster or a french web site devoted to british cinéma ans TV I sadly can’t recomand your DVDs to my readers because of that. It’s sad because otherwise you make a great publishing work. I’m a huge fan or Network and bought a lot or your DVDs.

    • Network Reply
      13/01/15

      Hello,

      We do aim to reach as wide an audience as possible and we very much wish that we could include subtitles on all of our releases. However, although this is something we are hoping to rectify in future, it is just not possible for us to go through this process for every title we release at present, due to the niche nature of the majority of our titles. As I’m sure you will appreciate, subtitling is an extremely lengthy process which is costed per minute and, in an average month, we release between 7000 and 9000 minutes of new material on DVD and blu-ray (most of which are very niche titles, which do not sell in the same volumes as DVDs released by the bigger studios).
      We are aware of the need to cater for the hard of hearing and a selection of our recent releases, such as The Goodies, Ripping Yarns, A Very Peculiar Practice and the vast majority of our recent blu-ray releases have recently been reworked to include subtitles. We recently reworked Series 1 of The Sweeney on both DVD and blu-ray to include subtitles. Though we are not able to do this for every title, it is hoped that, over time, we may be able to do the same for many more of our DVD releases. Unfortunately, this is not something that we can put in place overnight, but I hope that this provides some reassurance that we appreciate the feedback we have received from customers on this issue.

      Kind regards,
      Network

  7. Richard Davies Reply
    13/01/12

    Liking the Network website new format and the excellent upcoming new releases. Can’t wait!

  8. Gary Powell Reply
    13/01/12

    I am looking forward to seeing Man at the top the movie

  9. Aaron Brown Reply
    13/01/13

    I do hope we’ll be treated to Blu-ray editions of as many of these as possible, not just tired old DVDs…?

  10. Giles Kendrick Reply
    13/01/13

    Seconded for the need for blu rays. We need more of our film heritage to be protected.

    Put me down for all things Ealing.

  11. stephen Reply
    13/01/13

    New website fail. A toy for lovers of design over usefulness. Good design can be fun for those that like that sort of thing without having to kick out customers, without hiding content. Where is a section? Where is a no-image section? Where is HTML5 and CSS? There is no need to use obligatory javascript. Ever.

    Nonsense comments or 404 on old website pages. Down for maintenance! Ha.
    No new releases coming up for tv programs. Looks bad.
    New website is blank with javascript disabled. Badly designed and very disabled unfriendly.

    Do we have new owners for Network or are Sony muscle flexing? Suggest you get proper web managers / designers and refer them initially to the RNIB guidance for website design.
    How to lose business! Are you doing so well you are able to tell 12% of visitors to get lost?

    Where is Tim these days? His touch seems to be rather light or missing these days. Has he retired?

    Please refer to the Disability Discrimination Act (and the guidelines on cookies use and declaration).

  12. Felicity Crichton Reply
    13/01/13

    I hope you release the other Betty Driver film too, preferably in a set with the first, so we don’t have to shell out on an Ealing boxset just to get them.

  13. James Reply
    13/01/17

    Brilliant News? But why 9mm cases??? Why can’t we have them in the normal sized 12mm. They are going to look odd, I hope that this isn’t something that you are going to do with all of your dvds. By the way are these going to be just from network site or can I get them on amazon et al?

  14. Ray Badrick Reply
    13/01/18

    Hi

    A couple of questions,

    1) Is The Elstree Story a documentury from 1976 rather than a film as I can not find any other detais on IMDB

    2) I am also really looking forward to the early releases but I noticed that on the Ealing Studios third release Champagne Charlie has already been released previously under the Studio Canal label under their Ealing Studio so are duplicate tiltles that you are going to release in the minority ?

    • Network Reply
      13/01/21

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in the article and your questions.

      1. The Elstree Story is a documentary from 1953.

      2. Duplicate titles will be in the minority.

      Kind regards,
      Network

  15. Billy Smart Reply
    13/01/20

    I’m really looking forward to finally seeing the Man at the Top film, especially in a print as clean as that preview.

    One thing about the Network website – would it be possible to put the release/ broadcast date for films and TV programmes up on the pages for the discs, as you’ve done here? I often find myself having to look up when something was made when I look at a page on the site.

  16. Colin Moss Reply
    13/07/11

    The DVD of the ‘Man at the top’ film is excellent. However, on the case reference is made to the ‘Original press brochure (PDF)’ as being included as one of the special features. Yet, the brochure is not included on the disc itself. Am I missing something?

  17. Smiffy Reply
    13/10/06

    Very good afternoon,just brought Burnside the complete series and MIT the complete series,
    and the Bill volume seven,
    knowing it will take quite a few years,
    was wondering are you going to release a volume of the Bill one a year or maybe two,
    and if so at the momment how many episodes do you have for release,
    cheers Smiffy.

  18. Les Middleton Reply
    13/12/12

    Hope you will include some of the Jessie Mathews, and Jack Hulbert~Ciceley Courtnedge musicals in future releases.

  19. Alan Keeling Reply
    14/05/18

    I would love Network to release more of ABCTVs vintage filmed dramas, such as DIAL 999, THE FLYING DOCTOR, THE PURSUERS, ADVENTURES OF A JUNGLE BOY, MARTIN KANE-PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR & TALES FROM DICKENS.

  20. John Paine Reply
    14/08/10

    I have just found these Studio Canal DVD’s of Classic British Films so I was very pleased to find a they included a New Transfer of “Some People” so I could replace an inferior copy I had from USA.

    I got a bit carried away looking through tittles and purchased a number of 1960’s Teens films and some Charlie Drake movies that I wanted.

    When I came to watch these “New transfers from the highest available quality source” I found that for some inexplicable reason – although all the MENU PAGES were in FULL SCREEN 1.33 ratio – the actual film transfers varied considerably in width so that “Bottoms Up” for example was in letter box format with Black Bars each side so the Picture occupied about 82% of the PAL screen width.

    Having taken some considerable care to set up my projector with a 4×3 (1.33) screen it seems I am now being forced to watch a reduced width picture and Black Bars on all 4 sides because the people involved could not be bothered to properly frame the image from each film before it was tranferred onto the DVD

    Surely if a DVD is supposed to conform to the PAL video standard – it should occupy the full Line Width of the format – I am happy with Black Bars Top & Bottom where a film is presented in Letter box style so as to preserve its Aspect Ration – but what possible reason can there be for pictures with Black Bars at each Side – It does not conform to the Video standard for Active Line Width and simply reduces the image size unnecessarily and also promotes excessive and damaging uneven phosphor wear for those of us who still prefer to use our expensive “film-like” CRT projectors.

    It’s a sad fact that since the advent of 16×9 TV screens – 4×3 material is more often presented with reduced or less that full line width raster – making the purchase of DVD of older films a very hit and miss affair because the Stated Aspect Ration gives no indication of what is actually on the DVD.

    Of the Studio Canal DVD’s I purchase and have checked so far –

    “Some People” – has its 1.66 picture presented at about 95% Full Width – BUT it also has a Full width 1.33 cropped version as part of its “Special Features” – so that is actually OK

    “What A Crazy World” and “Play it Cool” are both presented at about 95% screen width and both seem quite dark needing the Brightness control to be advanced to see the detail in dark areas.

    “Bottoms Up” was unwatchable (to me) because of wide side-bars – about 82% of picture width

    “Mister Ten Per Cent” with Charlie Drake was played with an increasingly low expectation – but surprise surprise – it was (to my great joy) presented in its full 100% picture width.

    It seems we need more detailed reviews OF these Studio Canal Classic British DVD’s so that a prospective purchaser can filter out those films not having acceptable quality or format.

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