15 July 2024

The BFI Releasing The Good Die Young On Blu-Ray

From the director that brought us The Spy Who Loved Me, Alfie, Lewis Gilbert‘s 1953 film The Good Die Young, getting Blu-Ray release thanks to BFI.

Boasting a stellar cast that also includes Gloria Grahame (The Bad and the Beautiful), Joan Collins (Cosh Boy) and Robert Morley (The Battle of the Sexes), this compelling crime picture is presented in both its original theatrical version and in an extended export cut (Blu-ray only), originally intended for international audiences.

Amoral aristocrat Miles Ravenscourt (Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top) plots a daring robbery to settle his gambling debts in this taut, tough thriller played out on the shadowy streets of post-war London. Enlisting the aid of washed-up former boxer Mike (Stanley Baker, Zulu), ex-GI Joe (Richard Basehart, Moby Dick) and US airman Eddie (John Ireland, Red River), Ravenscourt sets out to plan the perfect heist. But is there any such thing as a sure thing?

The BFI have released this newly restored clip from the film, check it out…

Special features

  • Newly remastered by the BFI and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • The Good Die Young (export version) (1953, 101 mins, Blu-ray only): made available here for the first time, this extended overseas-only version of the film contains anti-establishment sentiments considered too strong for British audiences of the day
  • When Giants Fought (1926, 31 mins): a contentious but historic boxing match of 1810 is vividly revisited in this power-packed silent drama, with a newly commissioned musical score by Mordecai Smyth
  • Midnight Taxi (1946, 17 mins): a London cabby uncovers the city’s secret nightlife in this surprising plug for post-war National Savings
  • Under Night Streets (1958, 20 mins): after the last tube has gone, an army of underground workers get busy down below
  • Not Like Any Other Director: Lewis Gilbert (1995, 31 mins): Michael Caine introduces the director of The Good Die Young in this excerpt from an onstage interview at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Image gallery
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Illustrated booklet with an essay on the film by Dr Josephine Botting, a biography of Lewis Gilbert by Peter Rankin, notes on the extras and full credits

UK | 1953 | 98 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.66:1 | CRIME, DRAMA | ENGLISH With Subtitles

BFI DVD/Blu-ray releases can be ordered from home entertainment online retailers or from the BFI Shop (online only) at https://shop.bfi.org.uk/ 

Starring Laurence Harvey, Stanley Baker, Joan Collins, Robert Morley and Gloria Grahame. The Good Die Young will be available on Blu-ray/DVD  on 20 July 2020, and on iTunes and Amazon Prime on 3 August 2020.

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