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Rarely seen and under-appreciated 70s British gems from Indicator in May

17 February 2022

This May, Indicator presents a selection of under-appreciated and under-seen British gems from the 1970s.

On 23 May in the UK and 24 May in the US and Canada, we unleash a project that has been a number of years in the making. The Pemini Organisation (1972-1974) puts the spotlight on a collection of films that have been extremely hard to find since their original theatrical outings. Also on 23 May, and available for the UK only, will be Franklin Gollings' Connecting Rooms (1970) featuring screen legends Bette Davis and Michael Redgrave. Also releasing in the UK only on 23 May is Peter Yates' Murphy's War (1971), which is making its worldwide Blu-ray premiere here.

 

The Pemini Organisation (1972-1974) Blu-ray box art

THE PEMINI ORGANISATION (1972-1974) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 23 May 2022 | £29.99

This three-film set contains:

  • HUNTED (Peter Crane, 1972)
  • ASSASSIN (Peter Crane, 1973)
  • MOMENTS (Peter Crane, 1974)

In the early 1970s, three ambitious friends – Peter Crane, Michael Sloan and Nigel Hodgson – combined the first letters of each of their names and set up the Pemini Organisation, a young and vital independent British film production company. Active between 1972 and 1974, Pemini produced one mid-length film, Hunted, a high-suspense thriller starring Edward Woodward and June Ritchie, and two feature films: Assassin, a grimly realistic spy film starring Ian Hendry, Edward Judd, Frank Windsor, Ray Brooks and Mike Pratt; and Moments, an enigmatic romantic mystery starring Keith Michell and Angharad Rees. When Pemini disbanded, the films disappeared into the ether...

Now, these three lost works, made by one of the most vibrant independent production companies of the era, have been rescued from the archives to be given their first ever home entertainment release in this deluxe, individually numbered Limited Edition Blu-ray set, accompanied by a wealth of newly produced extras, including feature-length director commentaries, cast and crew interviews, and an 80-page book.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION 2 x BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New 2K restorations of HuntedAssassin, and Moments from the only surviving film elements
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentaries on HuntedAssassin, and Moments with director Peter Crane and film historian Sam Dunn (2022)
  • Interview with Peter Crane, director of HuntedAssassin, and Moments (2022)
  • Interview with Michael Sloan, writer of HuntedAssassin, and Moments (2022)
  • Interview with Bruce Atkins, production designer HuntedAssassin, and Moments (2022)
  • Interview with Pemini Organisation co-founder Nigel Hodgson (2022)
  • Interview with June Ritchie, star of Hunted (2022)
  • Interview with Martyn Chillmaid, assistant director of Assassin (2022)
  • Interview with Moments actor Valerie Minifie (2022)
  • Interview with Moments composer John Cameron (2022)
  • Interview with Bill Summers, electrician on Moments (2022)
  • 'Moments' in Cannes (2022): Peter Crane recounts a memorable story from an exhibitor screening
  • Film historian Vic Pratt charts the history of the Pemini Organisation (2022)
  • Ian Hendry biographer Gabriel Hershman looks at the actor's role in Assassin (2022)
  • Moments: deleted sex scene (1974): sequence removed from release prints at the behest of the distributor
  • In Search of Lebanon (1970): student film directed by Peter Crane and Nigel Hodgson exploring present day Lebanon as the living source of the Adonis myth
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Image galleries: extensive promotional and publicity materials from the Pemini Organisation's archives
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 80-page book featuring extensive extracts from Peter Crane's 'Memories of Pemini', detailing the rise and fall of the Pemini Organisation and the production of their three films, extracts from the films' original press materials, archival news articles on Pemini's activities, new writing on In Search of Lebanon, and full film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 6,000 copies for the UK and US

 

Connecting Rooms Blu-ray cover art

CONNECTING ROOMS (1970) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 23 May 2022 | £15.99

When enigmatic school master James Wallraven (Michael Redgrave, Time Without Pity) rents a small room adjacent to Wanda's (Bette Davis, The Nanny), an ageing cellist, he soon realises that the privacy he seeks is clearly unattainable. From there begins a parade of revolving doors through which the occupants of this seedy West London boarding house – a sleazy young musician (Alexis Kanner, Goodbye Gemini), a snooping landlady (Kay Walsh, The Rainbow Jacket) – all seemingly stuck in purgatories of their own making, desperately attempt to find their place in a tainted society.

Featuring a pair of screen legends and based on the stage play The Cellist by Marion Hart, Connecting Rooms is presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, and is accompanied by a wealth of archival extras, including a rare recording of Bette Davis in conversation, and two short films by director Franklin Gollings.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 4K restoration
  • Original mono audio
  • The John Player Lecture with Bette Davis(1976): archival interview with the iconic performer, recorded at London's National Film Theatre
  • Spotlight at the Fair (1951): documentary short directed by Franklin Gollings, taking a look at travelling fairs and the amusement park at Blackpool
  • The Way to Wimbledon (1952): documentary short directed by Gollings and narrated by John Mills, focusing on the fifty weeks in a year when Wimbledon isn't hosting the world-famous tennis championships
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an archival production report on the making of the film, an archival interview with director Franklin Gollings, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on the short films, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Murphy's War Blu-ray cover art

MURPHY'S WAR (1971) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | 23 May 2022 | £15.99

Peter O'Toole (The Ruling Class) gives one of his most spirited and memorable performances in Murphy's War, a blood-and-thunder adventure film directed with grit by Peter Yates (The Friends of Eddie CoyleRobbery, Bullitt). 

O'Toole is the titular Irish merchant seaman, whose ship is attacked by a German U-boat on the Orinoco river in Venezuela during the dying days of World War II. The sole survivor, Murphy is picked up by a French oil engineer (Philippe Noiret, Cinema Paradiso) and taken to a native village hospital where he is treated by the pacifist Quaker Dr Hayden (Siân Phillips, BecketDune). During his convalescence, Murphy plots his one man war on the enemy U-boat that callously slaughtered his shipmates…

Filmed on location in infamously uncompromising conditions, Murphy's War combines impressively staged action with harsh realism and good humour. Presented on Blu-ray for the first time, and accompanied by a wealth of new and archival extras, along with a booklet containing new writing on the film.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Michael Deeley in Conversation (2008): archival audio interview with the Murphy's War producer, recorded onstage at BFI Southbank
  • Interview with editor and assistant director John Glen (2022)
  • Interview with focus puller Robin Vidgeon (2022)
  • Video appreciation by academic and film historian Sheldon Hall (2022)
  • Behind the Camera: Douglas Slocombe(1999): archival documentary on the great cinematographer, featuring interviews with Richard Attenborough, Alan Parker and Ken Russell
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home-cinema presentation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Julian Wheeler, an archival interview with Peter O'Toole, a look at the production of the film, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

All extras subject to change.