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A Farewell to Arms restored on dual format in September

1 September 2014

An impossibly handsome Gary Cooper stars as the somewhat cynical Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American enlisted in the Italian army to drive ambulances during the war. Through his doctor friend, Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou), he meets Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé was killed at the Somme. What starts as a flirtatious and casual encounter soon develops into something much deeper – but can their passion survive the terrible consequences of the war?

A hugely popular film when it was first released in 1932, A Farewell to Arms was nominated for four Oscars, winning Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Sound (Franklin Hansen and Harold Lewis).

Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, Frank Borzage’s Oscar-winning film adaptation of the tragic Great War romance has been newly restored by Lobster Films. It will be made available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, released by the BFI in a Dual Format Edition (containing both Blu-ray and DVD discs), on 22th September 2014 at the RRP of £19.99.

Special features will include:

  • Alternative ending (1932, 5 mins): the ending shot for US audiences

  • War Scenes in Italy (1915, 1 min): newsreel footage of crowds gathering in Rome to hear the announcement of Italy's entry in to the war

  • Austrian Prisoners in a Concentration Camp (1916, 3 mins): footage of prisoners of war in Italy in 1916

  • The Latest Crime of the Sinister Hun (1918, 2 mins): newsreel footage of the burial of nurses and wounded soldiers killed in an air raid

  • Frank Borzage Talks to Cecil B. DeMille (1937, 3 mins, audio): an interview from the Lux Radio Theater production of A Farewell to Arms

  • Illustrated booklet featuring essays by Geoff Andrew, Adrian Wootton and Kent Jones