THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS - LE
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(John Dexter, 1969)
Release date: 18 March 2019
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)
Set in Singapore in the early 1950s, this impressive adaptation of Leslie Thomas’ best-selling, scandalous novel centres on a group of naïve, young British Army recruits billeted to Malaya who have no experience of either love or war.
Both affectionate and affecting in its look at young men in wartime, the film has a wonderful cast which includes Lynn Redgrave (Georgy Girl, The National Health), Hywel Bennett (The Family Way, Twisted Nerve) and Nigel Davenport (The Third Secret, The Mind of Mr. Soames), along with early appearances from Christopher Timothy, Wayne Sleep, James Cosmo – and a young David Bowie. Genuine and heartfelt, The Virgin Soldiers is an insightful and hugely underrated British comic drama.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
- High Definition remaster
- Original mono audio
- Interview with co-screenwriter Ian La Frenais (2019)
- Interview with actor Roy Holder (2019)
- 16mm On-set Footage (1969): rare and previously unseen material shot on location
- Operation Malaya (1953): David MacDonald’s acclaimed feature-length docudrama on the Malayan Emergency
- Theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by author Scott Harrison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
- All extras subject to change
BBFC cert: 15