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Press Release Studio Canal Press Release: Their Finest Hour: 5 British WWII Classics

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    COMMEMORATE THE BRAVERY OF A NATION AT WAR
    AND EXPERIENCE ALL THE EXPLOSIVE DRAMA ACROSS LAND,
    SEA AND AIR IN FIVE GLORIOUSLY RESTORED BRITISH WWII CLASSICS, NOW PRESENTED IN HD IN ONE BLU-RAY COLLECTOR'S SET FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
    THEIR FINEST HOUR: 5 BRITISH WWII CLASSICS


    WENT THE DAY WELL? (1942)
    THE COLDITZ STORY (1955)
    THE DAM BUSTERS (1955)
    DUNKIRK (1958)
    ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958)


    Street Date: March 17, 2020
    Blu-ray: $84.95


    Available on Blu-ray for the First Time in North America,
    This Seminal BD Set is Packed with Over Five Hours of Bonus Programming, Including the Documentaries "Colditz Revealed," "617 Squadron Remembers," "The Making of The Dam Busters," John Mills Home Movie Footage, a 24-page booklet with Essay by Film Writer and
    Curator Cullen Gallagher and More!
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    Their Finest Hour: 5 British WWII Classics (Digitally Restored)
    SYNOPSIS
    THEIR FINEST HOUR: 5 BRITISH WWII CLASSICS
    brings together some of the most celebrated British war films, digitally restored and available for the very first time on Blu-ray. Titles include the Ealing Studios-produced, Graham Greene adaptation WENT THE DAY WELL? (1942) along with Michael Anderson's Oscar-nominated THE DAM BUSTERS (1955), as well as three box-office hits starring John Mills - THE COLDITZ STORY (1955), DUNKIRK (1958) and ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958).

    WENT THE DAY WELL? (1942)
    Based on a story by Graham Greene and directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Bramley End, snug and safe, seemed far away from the perils of World War II. Little did the villagers suspect the grim events that would arrive at their doorsteps. Surprised by the lorry loads of Royal Engineers that rolled onto their village green, they had no reason to believe that these soldiers were disguised German paratroopers, and even less reason to be suspicious of Oliver Wilsford (Leslie Banks), their trusted town squire. A.O. Scott of The New York Times, said this Ealing Studios wartime production "contemplates some pretty grim stuff, but with equipoise, discipline and a sense of humor that embody exactly the virtues it sets out to defend. Apart from its considerable historical interest, this is a movie about how civilization survives."
    THE COLDITZ STORY (1955)
    The Nazis believed that no man could break out of Colditz Castle. A medieval fortress located in the heart of Saxony and situated 400 miles from any neutral frontier, it was the prison where the most contentious Allied POWs were held. Determined to find a way out, a British officer (John Mills) hatches a plan to navigate the castle's subterranean tunnels towards freedom. Based on the best-selling book by actual Colditz escapee Major Pat Reid and brought to screen by four-time James Bond director Guy Hamilton. Nominated for a "Best Film" BAFTA Awards, THE COLDITZ STORY was called "Easily one of the best prisoner-of-war yarns to come from any British studio" (Variety).
    THE DAM BUSTERS (1955)
    Based on actual events. Convinced that the war can be shortened by attacking the German industrial nerve center, Dr. Barnes N. Wallis (Michael Redgrave) develops a "bouncing bomb" that can be used to destroy the Ruhr dams. Facing seemingly impossible odds, the 617 Squadron, led by Air Ace Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd), is then tasked with carrying out the dangerous night raids to complete the mission. Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from the book by Paul Brickhill and featuring innovative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (cinematographer of Star Wars: A New Hope), The Dam Busters would become a major influence on George Lucas in his storyboarding and filming of the Death Star attack sequence. James Dennis of Screen Anarchy called the film "a triumph of British ingenuity [that] served to highlight the best of the war effort in a wonderfully celebratory fashion." Nominated for a Special Effects Oscar, as well as Best Film, Best British Film and Best British Screenplay at the BAFTA Awards, THE DAM BUSTERS was directed by Michael Anderson.

    DUNKIRK (1958)
    It is early May 1940. London is lulled into an atmosphere of false security, but war correspondent Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee) knows better. As the Battle of France takes a turn for the worse, he joins the Merchant Navy and volunteers for Operation Dynamo, the greatest rescue mission ever mounted. John Mills and Richard Attenborough star in this Leslie Norman-directedfirst cinematic retelling of the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, produced by Ealing Studios. James McAllister of The London Economic said, "Those who thought Christopher Nolan's shattering summer spectacle could have benefitted from greater historical context, need look no further than [this] epic wartime classic."

    ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958)
    The year is 1942. Along the barren North African coast where war has turned towns into smoking ruins, Captain Anson (John Mills), a commanding officer in the Royal Army Service Corps, is tired and thirsty. Separated from his unit while evacuating to Alexandria in a military ambulance, he takes on several passengers but soon realizes that one of them may be a German spy. Nominated for four BAFTA Awards and winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1958 Berlin International Film Festival. Lou Thomas of the British Film Institute says, "Sixty years after its release, director J. Lee Thompson's desert epic still stands up as an essential war film."

    BONUS FEATURES

    THE COLDITZ STORY
    • Colditz Revealed documentary
    • Restoration Comparison
    THE DAM BUSTERS
    • The Making of The Dam Busters
    • Sir Barnes Wallis documentary
    • 617 Squadron Remembers documentary
    • Footage of the Bomb Tests
    • The Dam Busters Royal Premiere
    • Restoration of a Classic featurette
    • The Dam Busters 75th anniversary trailer
    DUNKIRK
    • Dunkirk Operation Dynamo Newsreel
    • Young Veteran Ealing Studios documentary (1940)
    • Interview with actor Sean Barrett
    • John Mills home movie footage
    ICE COLD IN ALEX
    • Extended Clip from A Very British War Movie documentary
    • John Mills home movie footage
    • Interview with Melanie Williams
    • Steve Chibnall on J. Lee Thompson
    • Interview with Sylvia Syms
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Type:
    Blu-ray (New Digital Restorations)
    Running Time: 572 Total minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio: WENT THE DAY WELL, THE COLDITZ STORY, THE DAM BUSTERS; 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio: DUNKIRK, ICE COLD IN ALEX
    Audio: Mono



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    I would have bought this but already have the UK Blu-rays of The Dam Busters and the excellent Dunkirk.
     
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    The Dam Busters should be 1.75:1, shouldn't it?
     
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    Looking forward to this one that's for sure.
     
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    My UK collectors edition has a option to see it in an aspect ratio of 1.75:1 or 1.33:1.
     
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    Since it's most likely that the correct AR is 1.75, it'd be great if Film Movement gave us both options as well.
     
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    They should correct the aspect ratio of 'The Dam Busters immediately! There's been so much documentation to show that 1.37.1 is incorrect. That puts a huge question mark over whether the set is worth purchasing if the jewel in its crown is flawed.
     
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    Probably just incorrect marketing info.
     
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    Hoping so. If the aspect ratio is correct, then I'll sell my UK set and buy this one, just to get Ice Cold in Alex and The Colditz Story as well....
     
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    Yes it should be.
     
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    Editors Note: Due to a manufacturing delay, the street date for THEIR FINEST HOUR has been moved to 3/31 (from 3/17)
     
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    Some wonderful films in this offering
     
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