15 June 2024

BFI Set To Release Marlon Brando’s First Film The Men On Blu-Ray

Later in May the BFI are set to release Marlon Brando’s first feature film, The Men. The film set for release on Blu-ray for the first time in a Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray & DVD discs).

The powerhouse performance from Brando, The Men (1950) is a poignant reflection on the impact of war and life-changing injury, as well as the relationships that nourish the wounded as they fight their hardest battle yet.

Written by Carl Foreman (High Noon) and directed by Fred Zinnemann (High Noon, From Here To Eternity), this landmark examination of masculinity and disability

Extras include a newly recorded audio commentary and an archival audio interview with writer Carl Foreman recorded in 1969.

Playing the war veteran Ken Wilocek, who has been paralysed from the waist down, Marlon Brando is backed by a stellar supporting cast, including Teresa Wright (Shadow of a Doubt), Everett Sloane (Citizen Kane) and Jack Webb (Pete Kelly’s Blues).

The BFI have sent us a clip from the film, check it out…
Special features
-Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
-Newly recorded audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill
-Return to Action (1947, 19 mins): bricklayers, lawyers, teachers – disabled men and women are encouraged to retrain for new jobs in this short film produced on behalf of the Ministry of Labour
-The Undefeated (1950, 35 mins): released in the same month as The Men, Paul Dickson’s film charts the progress of a disabled ex-glider pilot through the rehabilitation schemes organised by the Ministry of Pensions
-Interview with Carl Foreman (1969, 82 mins, audio only): an in-depth interview with the award-winning screenwriter recorded at the National Film Theatre
-Original trailer
-Stills gallery
-Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork and a newly commissioned design by Jennifer Dionisio
***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with new essays by Philip Kemp, Victoria Millington and Scott Harrison; an archival essay from Sight and Sound, notes on the special features and credits
Product details

USA / 1950 / black and white / 87 mins / English language with optional subtitles for the Deaf and partial hearing / original aspect ratio 1.37:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)

The Men will be released on a Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray & DVD discs) from 16th May.

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