New releases: UK distributor Network has announced the release of two classic UK thrillers starring Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape) in glorious Blu-ray editions: Leading the charge is one of the best heist films of all time, The League of Gentlemen: "A rogues gallery of the cream of British acting star in Basil Dearden's much-loved crime caper The League of Gentlemen. Jack Hawkins gives a memorable performance as an embittered former army officer, alongside Roger Livesey, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes – who also wrote the BAFTA-nominated screenplay. The film is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. After being 'retired' from the army, an ex-Colonel nurtures a bitter resentment at his country's ingratitude. Luckily for him he's not the only one and he assembles a small group of bankrupt or embittered ex-army officers in a bid to stage an ingenious bank robbery." The second title is the wonderfully moody Seance on a Wet Afternoon: "Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough give outstanding performances in this classy British thriller, with Attenborough winning a BAFTA for Best British Actor and Stanley scoring an Oscar nomination. Written and directed by Bryan Forbes – who also won a Writers Guild award, an Edgar and a BAFTA nomination – Seance on a Wet Afternoon is presented here as a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Myra Savage, a highly-strung spiritual medium, convinces her weak-willed husband to fake a child kidnapping so she can offer her services to the parents when all seems lost. Though horrified at the prospect, he reluctantly goes along with the plan – but becomes more convinced than ever that Myra is losing her grip on reality." More info at Network. A reminder to readers in the States that you will need an all-region player to view Region 2/B discs. Enjoy!
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