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Amicus horror, wartime action and social satire from Indicator in June

7 May 2020

A little later than planned, Indicator has revealed details of its 29 June releases, a heady mix of werewolves, Nazis, royals and human body parts.

First on offer is the UK Blu-ray premiere of The Beast Must Die, the final horror outing from the famed Amicus Productions. Next is a deluxe two-disc edition of Guy Hamilton’s Force 10 From Navarone, featuring UK Blu-ray premieres of alternative versions of the film, a set of replica production stills, and an 80-page book. Last, but by no means least is the world Blu-ray premiere of Lindsay Anderson’s Britannia Hospital.

 

The Beast Must Die Blu-ray cover art

THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 29 June 2020 | £15.99

Calvin Lockhart (A Dandy in Aspic) and Marlene Clark (Ganja & Hess) have invited a disparate group of guests, including Peter Cushing (Corruption), Michael Gambon (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) and Charles Gray (The Legacy), to their mansion in the English countryside. He believes one of them is a werewolf… and, before the weekend is out, he’ll find out who it is! The last of Amicus’ famed horror productions, The Beast Must Die combines the country-house whodunnit with the werewolf shocker and adds a dash of blaxploitation for good measure. It even has a 'Werewolf Break' to give the audience a chance to guess who the werewolf if for themselves!

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with director Paul Annett with writer Jonathan Sothcott (2003)
  • Interview with Max J Rosenberg (2000): archival audio recording of the famed producer in conversation with Sothcott
  • The BEHP Interview with Jack Hildyard (1988): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the Oscar-winning cinematography in conversation with Alan Lawson
  • The BEHP Interview with Peter Tanner – Part Two, 1939–1987 (1987): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the acclaimed editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines
  • Introduction by Stephen Laws (2020): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
  • Directing the Beast (2003): archival interview with Annett
  • Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary (2017): short critical appreciation
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Young, an archival article on Amicus Productions, a look at the James Blish short story which inspired the film’s screenplay, an extract from the pressbook profiling actor Calvin Lockhart, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Force 10 From Navarone Blu-ray box art

FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE (1978) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 29 June 2020 | £21.99

Robert Shaw (Young Winston), Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Barbara Bach (Short Night of the Glass Dolls) and Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal) star alongside Carl Weathers (Rocky), Richard Kiel (Moonraker) and Franco Nero (Django) in this star-studded high adventure. Directed with an assured hand by Bond veteran Guy Hamilton (Battle of Britain), this rip-roaring adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s follow-up to the classic The Guns of Navarone sees the elite cadre of commandos embark on a secret mission deep in the Yugoslavian wilderness, during the darkest days of World War II.

Indicator Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remasters
  • The extended, 126-minute European version with 5.1 surround, stereo and mono audio options
  • Box-set exclusive presentation of the alternative, 118-minute original theatrical cut with original mono audio
  • Audio commentary on the extended version with film historians Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin (2020)
  • The BEHP Interview with Ron Goodwin (1999): archival video recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated composer in conversation with Linda Wood
  • Tour de Force (2020): actor Angus MacInnes recalls his early film role
  • From Žabljak with Love (2020): the making of Force 10 from Navarone as told by construction manager Terry Apsey, stuntman Jim Dowdall, grip Dennis Fraser, chief hairdresser Colin Jamison, and chief make-up artist Peter Robb-King
  • Christopher Challis: A Life Behind the Lens (2020): a tribute to the acclaimed cinematographer, featuring interviews with fellow directors of photography and camera crew Dennis Fraser, Oswald Morris, John Palmer and Sidney Samuelson, as well as archival footage of Challis, including previously unseen material
  • A Show of Force (2020): a look at the different versions of Force 10 from Navarone
  • Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Two original theatrical trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Sheldon Hall, archival production reports including interviews with cast and crew members, an interview with actor Robert Shaw, recollections of the film’s Yugoslavia shoot excerpted from the memoirs of cinematographer Christopher Challis and screenwriter George MacDonald Fraser, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • Limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies
  • All details subject to change

 

Britannia Hospital Blu-ray cover art

BRTITANNIA HOSPITAL (1982) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 29 June 2020 | £15.99

The concluding instalment in Lindsay Anderson’s Mick Travis trilogy, following If.... and O Lucky Man!Britannia Hospital finds the filmmaker casting a sourly satirical eye over Thatcher’s Britain. With a phenomenal cast at his disposal – everyone from Alan Bates (Georgy Girl) and Joan Plowright (Time Without Pity) to Robin Askwith (Confessions of a Window Cleaner) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) to Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) reprising the role of Travis – Anderson trains his sights on royalty, trade unions, the media, and scientific research in typically uncompromising fashion.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray features:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • The BEHP Interview with Lindsay Anderson (1991): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated director in conversation with Alan Lawson and Norman Swallow
  • Healthy Reputation (2020): actor Robin Askwith recalls working with Anderson on If.... and Britannia Hospital
  • Biles Apart (2020): actor Brian Pettifer discusses working with Anderson and reprising the role of Biles
  • A Cut Above (2020): editor Michael Ellis reflects on the film’s production
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original teaser trailer
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Peter Cowie, an archival interview with Anderson, extracts from the diaries of Anderson and screenwriter David Sherwin, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies