Sexual tensions and class conflicts run high in Joseph Losey‘s sublime The Servant. To celebrate the centenary of British acting legend Dirk Bogarde, Studiocanal are set to release 1963 film on 4K UHD collector’s edition Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital format.
The film has been meticulously restored and set for release as part of The Vintage Classics Collection. That release will come in September via a premiere at next month’s Edinburgh Film Festival.
Cited by Bong Joon Ho as one of five films that influenced his masterpiece Parasite. Based on a screenplay by revered playwright Harold Pinter, an exploration of class and sexual politics in 1960s Britain. Alongside Bogarde the film also stars James Fox, Sarah Miles and Wendy Craig.
Sexual tensions and class conflicts run high in must-see classic THE SERVANT with BAFTA-winning performances from Dirk Bogarde and James Fox. Marking the first of three collaborations between director Joseph Losey and celebrated playwright Harold Pinter, THE SERVANT follows sly and seductive manservant Barrett (Bogarde) as he worms his way in to the affections of foppish aristocrat Tony (Fox). Barrett’s awe-inspiring efficiency cleverly masks his true intentions, ultimately giving way to a suspicious and insidious control where the roles of master and servant are reversed. Adapted from Robin Maugham’s short story and with stunning black & white photography from cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, THE SERVANT is a thrilling and ingenious British classic that’s not to be missed.
4K UHD COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY
the special UHD collector’s edition Blu-ray presented in both 1.66 and 1.77 aspect ratios, offers exciting bonus content including a brand-new video essay with Matthew Sweet and Phuong Le, a new location featurette with Adam Scovell, a Richard Ayoade interview with James Fox, plus interviews and commentaries with cast, crew and industry experts. The full list of extras includes:
- NEW: Video essay with Matthew sweet and Phuong Lee
- NEW: Location featurette with Adam Scovell
- NEW: Trailer
- Stills Gallery
- James Fox interviewed by Richard Ayoade
- Interview with Wendy Craig
- Interview with Sarah Miles
- Interview with Stephen Woolley
- Harry Burton on Harold Pinter
- John Coldstream on Dirk Bogarde
- Audio interview with Douglas Slocombe conducted by Matthew Sweet
- Joseph Losey & Adolphus Mekas at the New York Film Festival in 1963
- Harold Pinter Tempo Interview
- Joseph Losey talks about THE SERVANT
- 64-page booklet with essays from Peter Bradshaw & Anna Smith