THE NATIONAL HEALTH - BD
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(Jack Gold, 1973)
Release date: 22 August 2022
Standard Edition Blu-ray
Jack Gold’s film about life and death in a shabby London hospital interweaves the story of the real hospital with a fantasy one which exists in the soap-opera world of ‘Nurse Norton's Affair’, where everything is fully funded and patients are miraculously cured. A darkly funny satire on the state of the nation and also a deeply prescient comment on TV’s ability to turn tragedy into entertainment, The National Health sits somewhere between the bawdy antics of the Carry On films and the angry satire of Lindsay Anderson’s Britannia Hospital, but emerges as a starkly prophetic film, more relevant now than ever.
INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
- High Definition remaster
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with actor Jim Dale and journalist Nick Pinkerton
- Back to Health (2017, 24 mins): interview with author and playwright Peter Nichols
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
- New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
BBFC cert: PG