The ultimate London gangster film is back: The Long Good Friday returns on DVD, Bluray and a limited cinema run

The London-set gangster film to which Smoke Screen owes a huge debt (it is after all, a still image of Bob Hoskins as the lead character and kingpin Harold Shand adorning our home page) The Long Good Friday, will this summer enjoy not only a limited cinema re-relase from 19th June, but is getting some truly royal treatment on bluray and DVD courtesy of Arrow Films.

Arrow will release the film in several different formats from 4th May 2015. A newly restored version will be available on dual format Blu-ray & DVD as a steelbook and also as part of an exclusive limited-edition 3,000 run box set which will include 1986’s Mona Lisa alongside a 100-page hard-back book and an exclusive bonus disc featuring the Blu-ray premiere of John Mackenzie’s notorious farm safety film Apaches.

This is a brand-new restoration of the film, scanned from the original camera negative, with framing and colour grading supervised by the original cinematographer Phil Méheux. As befits an Arrow release, there will be a host of extras, combining the previously-released John Mackenzie commentary and making-of documentary Bloody Business with several brand new interviews.

The film will screen at the BFI as part of its London on film season in June. See here for details.

The Arrow bluray specs are:

Synopsis

Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London’s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold’s other associates and blowing up his businesses – and why?

Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, The Long Good Friday rocketed Hoskins to international stardom. He’s given sterling support from Helen Mirren (as his upper-crust mistress), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Derek Thompson (Casualty), and there’s even an early appearance from future James Bond Pierce Brosnan.

This special limited edition also includes Mona Lisa, Hoskins’ return to the gangster genre – although the kingpin here is played by a mesmerisingly slimy Michael Caine, with Hoskins merely George the chauffeur, transporting high-class prostitute (Cathy Tyson) from client to client. But when she enlists his help in tracking down an old friend, George finds himself exploring a hellish underworld that he never imagined existed.

6-DISC SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET CONTENTS:

·         High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both films, in brand new restorations sourced from the original camera negatives and approved by cinematographer Phil Meheux (The Long Good Friday), director Neil Jordan and cinematographer Roger Pratt (Mona Lisa)

·         Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound

·         Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY DISCS 1 & 2 – BLU-RAY & DVD

·         Audio commentary by director John Mackenzie

·         Bloody Business, a documentary about the making of The Long Good Friday, including interviews with John Mackenzie, stars Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and Phil Meheux 

·         Brand new interviews with Barry Hanson, Phil Méheux and writer Barrie Keeffe

·         Hands Across the Ocean – A comparison of the differences between the UK and US soundtracks

·         Original Trailer

THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY DISCS 3 & 4 – BLU-RAY & DVD [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

·         Q&A with Bob Hoskins and John Mackenzie, moderated by Richard Jobson

·         Apaches (1977), John Mackenzie’s notorious farm safety film, presented in High Definition (1080p) for the first time

·         Introduction to Apaches by cinematographer Phil Meheux

·         Extended interviews with Barry Hanson, Phil Méheux, Barrie Keeffe, assistant director Simon Hinkly and assistant art director Carlotta Barrow

MONA LISA DISCS 5 & 6 – BLU-RAY & DVD

·         Audio commentary by Bob Hoskins and Neil Jordan

·         Brand new interviews with director Neil Jordan, writer David Leland and producer Stephen Woolley

·         Original Trailer

100-PAGE HARD BACK BOOK [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

·         Featuring new writing on the film by critics Mark Duguid and Mike Sutton plus archive pieces by Robert Sellers and Patrick Russell, illustrated with original production stills 

STEELBOOK SINGLE PACK DETAILS:

  • Limited Edition SteelBook featuring original artworks
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of a brand new restoration sourced from the original camera negatives and approved by cinematographer Phil Meheux
  • Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Commentary by director John Mackenzie
  • Bloody Business, a documentary about the making of the film, including interviews with John Mackenzie, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and cinematographer Phil Meheux
  • Brand new interview with producer Barry Hanson
  • Brand new interview with writer Barrie Keeffe
  • Brand new interview with cinematographer Phil Meheux
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and BFI curator Mark Duguid, illustrated with original production stills
  • More to be announced!

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