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(Anthony Friedmann, 1970)
Release date: 21 February 2022
Limited Edition Blu-ray
Based on Herman Melville’s celebrated short story ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street’, Anthony Friedmann’s unduly neglected film relocates the action to 1970s London and stars Oscar-winner Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons), John McEnery (Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet), and Thorley Walters (Hammer’s The Phantom of the Opera).
When a young office clerk, Bartleby (McEnery), becomes increasingly defeated by the pressures of modern life, he gradually opts out of all forms of social engagement and his frustrated employer (Scofield) does all he can to stop him from withdrawing entirely into his own world.
Superbly acted and exquisitely photographed, Bartleby is a rare gem of 1970s British cinema. Presented in a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative, this wry and complex drama makes its worldwide debut on Blu-ray accompanied by a range of new and archival extra features.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Powerhouse Films
Original mono audio
Audio interview with writer-director Anthony Friedmann (2022, 15 mins)
Bartleby’s London (2022, 4 mins): an exploration of Bartleby’s locations
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
Script gallery: complete shooting script
Beat the Bomber (1975, 16 mins): anti-terrorism documentary short written and directed by Friedmann
Bartleby (2017, 12 mins): stop-motion animation version of the Melville story, directed by Kristen Kee and Laura Naylor
Animation timelapse footage from Bartleby (2017, 1 min)
Trailer for Bartleby (2017)
Bartleby (2017) image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet featuring a new essay by Jeff Billington, archival interviews with star Paul Scofield and writer-director Anthony Friedmann, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on Beat the Bomber and Bartleby (2017), and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 2,000 copies for the UK (4,000 copies for the world)
BBFC cert: 12