HOFFMAN - LE
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(Alvin Rakoff, 1970)
Release date: 17 January 2022
Limited Edition Blu-ray (World Blu-ray premiere)
One of the most unsettling films in the Peter Sellers canon, Hoffman sees the actor in a sinister starring role as a bachelor who obsesses over his secretary (Sinéad Cusack, Tam Lin, Revenge) and, discovering that her boyfriend (Jeremy Bulloch, The Spy Who Loved Me) has been fiddling the books at work, blackmails her into spending a week with him. Their time together reveals Hoffman’s tragic, lonely existence.
Alvin Rakoff (Death Ship) directs a film which is by turns amusing, poignant and uneasy, and which boasts a central performance so uncomfortable and revealing that its star tried to have the film’s negative destroyed. Hoffman makes its worldwide debut on Blu-ray.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Powerhouse Films
- Original mono audio
- Selected scenes commentary with director Alvin Rakoff (2022, 25 mins)
- Strange Relationship (2022, 22 mins): Rakoff recalls Hoffman’s troubled history and his friendship with Peter Sellers
- An Underexposed Film (2022, 28 mins): focus puller Eddie Collins on the trials and tribulations of the shoot
- Home Improvements (2022, 6 mins): draughtsman Terry Ackland-Snow discusses the film’s sets
- Original theatrical trailer
- Larry Karaszewski trailer commentary (2020, 4 mins): short critical appreciation
- Image galleries: promotional materials and behind-the-scenes photography
- Script gallery: complete shooting screenplay
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by John Rain, archival interviews with Peter Sellers and Sinéad Cusack, a look at author Ernest Gébler’s multiple iterations of the Hoffman story, an overview of contemporary critical responses, 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: 15