THE BLOCKHOUSE - LE
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(Clive Rees, 1973)
Release date: 17 January 2022
Limited Edition Blu-ray (World Blu-ray premiere)
Based upon harrowing real events which were turned into a 1955 novel by Jean-Paul Clébert, The Blockhouse starts explosively with an Allied air raid on a Nazi prison camp. Six escaped prisoners take shelter in an underground blockhouse, which is soon destroyed by heavy shelling. Trapped underground, with an almost endless supply of food, wine and candles, the men must endure confinement with no prospect of escape or rescue.
Featuring a stunning ensemble cast that includes Peter Sellers (Hoffman), Charles Aznavour (Shoot the Pianist), Peter Vaughan (Symptoms), Jeremy Kemp (The Strange Affair), Per Oscarsson (A Dandy in Aspic) and Leon Lissek (Marat/Sade), The Blockhouse was filmed on the Channel Islands in a dank and dark underground bunker, giving the film a suffocating sense of claustrophobia. This newly restored edition marks the film’s worldwide Blu-ray premiere.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Powerhouse Films
- Original mono audio
- New interview with star Leon Lissek (2022)
- New interview with Fred Rees and Gilda Rees, director Clive Rees’ son and widow (2022)
- New interview with production manager Matthew Raymond (2022)
- New interview with executive producer Kent Walwin (2022)
- New interview with electrician Peter Bloor (2022)
- The Channel Islands 1940–1945 (1945): short film produced by Britain’s Crown Film Unit which sees Channel Islanders re-enact incidents from the German occupation during World War II
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Kieran Foster, contemporary news reports on the event that inspired the film, archival interviews with star Peter Sellers and director Clive Rees, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on The Channel Islands 1940–1945, and film credits
- World premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 2,000 copies for the UK
Extras subject to change
BBFC cert: 12