Originally sold with the provocative tagline 'Is 15 too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man?', this time-capsule of a film concerns itself with the story of a young married man who has an affair with a teenage girl, and forms part of a peculiarly 1960s British wave of films exploring such sensitive subject matter (others included Term of Trial, Age of Consent, and Three into Two Won't go).Starring Olivia Hussey, in her first post-Romeo and Juliet role, and the inimitable Tom Bell (The L-Shaped Room, Prime Suspect), this wonderful slice of British cultural history is one of only a handful of feature films directed by Gerry O'Hara, better know for his assistant-director work with such cinema giants as Tony Richardson, Carol Reed and Otto Preminger.Special features: Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras All films remastered to High Definition Newly transferred to High Definition from original film elements Bernard Braden 'Now and Then' interview with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting (1967) The Spy's Wife (1972, 28 mins): a rare and little-seen short film by O'Hara starring Tom Bell Extensive illustrated booklet featuring newly commissioned contributions from film historian Robert Murphy, Gerry O'Hara, and The Spy's Wife producer Julian Holloway Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
Illicit passion, greed, robbery, and murder collide in Criss Cross, a classic film noir suspense tale from a true master of the genre, Robert Siodmak (The Killers). Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster – Novecento, Birdman of Alcatraz) is a hardworking armoured car driver with a fatal attraction to his ex-wife Anna (Yvonne DeCarlo – The Munsters), who's now married to notorious hoodlum Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea – Winchester ‘73). Unable to stay away from her, Steve has a secret tryst with Anna ... only to be discovered by Dundee. To cover up their affair, Steve convinces Dundee that he only met with Anna to get Dundee's help in robbing an upcoming payroll shipment he will be driving. The hood falls for the ruse, which triggers a series of harrowing events that ultimately lead to violence and death. From a new 4K restoration, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this essential film noir in its UK debut on Blu-ray. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration from the original camera negetiave Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature New audio commentary by film author Lee Gambin and actress Rutanya Alda New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin Screen Director's Playhouse radio adaptation from 1949, featuring Burt Lancaster Isolated music & effects track Theatrical trailer A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Kat Ellinger; an essay by Adam Batty; archival writing and imagery
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne charm in Leo McCarey’s Oscar‐winning screwball comedy… In this Oscar®‐winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne (Love Affair) exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help but meddle in Lucy’s ill matched engagement to a corn‐fed Oklahoma businessman (His Girl Friday’s Ralph Bellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey (Make Way for Tomorrow), a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible. Features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New interview with critic Gary Giddins about director Leo McCarey New video essay by film critic David Cairns on actor Cary Grant’s performance Illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunne Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring actor Claudette Colbert and Grant PLUS: An essay by film critic Molly Haskell
The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by JOHN WATERS (Hairspray) is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Waters’ native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life DIVINE (Pink Flamingos), out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders (including DAVID LOCHARY, MARY VIVIAN PEARCE, MINK STOLE, SUSAN LOWE, GEORGE FIGGS, and COOKIE MUELLER), Multiple Maniacs is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of good taste for decades. DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New audio commentary featuring Waters New interviews with cast and crew members Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe and George Figgs PLUS: An essay by critic Linda Yablonsky and more!