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directed by Basil Dearden
UK  1960

 

A rogues gallery of the cream of British acting star in Basil Dearden's much-loved crime caper The League of Gentlemen. Jack Hawkins gives a memorable performance as an embittered former army officer, alongside Roger Livesey, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes - who also wrote the BAFTA-nominated screenplay. The film is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

After being 'retired' from the army, an ex-Colonel nurtures a bitter resentment at his country's ingratitude. Luckily for him he's not the only one and he assembles a small group of bankrupt or embittered ex-army officers in a bid to stage an ingenious bank robbery.

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Jack Hawkins wittily embodies a colonel, bitter about being forced into retirement, who ropes a cadre of corrupt former British army men into aiding him in a one-million-pound bank robbery—a risky, multitiered plan that also involves infiltrating a military compound. A delightful cast of British all-stars, including Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, and Roger Livesey, brings to life this precisely calibrated caper, which was immensely popular and influenced countless Hollywood heist films.

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Theatrical Release: April 7th, 1960 (London Premiere)

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Comparison:

The Criterion Collection (Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution The Criterion Collection (Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London) - Region 1 - NTSC Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:53:44        1:53:40.583  
Video

1.67:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/
 

1.75:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,952,676,269 bytes

Feature: 25,498,920,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.67:1

Edition Details:
• Essay by Michael Koresky

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2011
4 Slimcases in a box

Chapters 11

 

Release Information:
Studio:
Network

 

1.75:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,952,676,269 bytes

Feature: 25,498,920,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Bryan Forbes and Nanette Newman

The South Bank Show: Richard Attenborough (1:09:25)
Cinema: Bryan Forbes (18:20)
Image gallery
Theatrical trailer (3:30)
PDF of Script in root folder


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 13th, 2020
Slim Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (February 2020): Network have transferred Basil Dearden's The League of Gentlemen to Blu-ray. It was released on DVD in the US as part of Criterion's Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London (reviewed HERE) and we have compared some captures below. The 1080P is brighter, has a higher degree of detail and the 1.75:1 loses some information at the top and bottom of the frame. There is plenty of depth and the transfer looks very pleasing in-motion.

NOTE: 27 more high resolution Blu-ray  captures (in uncompressed PNG format) for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE

On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It isn't dynamic audio but authentically flat with a supportive score by Philip Green (The Girl Hunters, The Man Who Finally Died, Basil Dearden's Victim, Sapphire and All Night Long) sounding effective in the uncompressed. Network offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

 

 

Like Network's Blu-ray of Seance on a Wet Afternoon there is an older commentary by Bryan Forbes and his wife Nanette Newman. Forbes tells how he wrote the script of The League of Gentlemen for Cary Grant, who passed on it and discusses 'Allied Film Makers' the short lived British production company formed in November 1959 by Basil Dearden, Michael Relph, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes. The League of Gentlemen was the first of six films made by the production company. Newman discusses her bathtub scene and having her ears pinned back. They discuss Forbes' small part as Porthill, and other details that they recall about the production. There is also an hour-10-minute long episode of The South Bank Show: Richard Attenborough from November 1992 which has some edits for contractual reasons. It has brother Richard, John Barry, Bryan Forbes, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, John Mills, Sven Nykvist and others. There is also a 20-minute segment entitled Cinema: Bryan Forbes where he states that he thought he was going to be an accountant. It seems to be a rough cut with many outtakes but results in being an interesting interview. Included is a theatrical trailer, image gallery and in a root folder of the Blu-ray disc is a PDF file of the script for The League of Gentlemen.

The League of Gentlemen has Basil Dearden's measured pace and a building edginess typical of a heist film. What makes it special is the great cast and attention to detail. It's a cracker of a Brit crime-thriller and one I am very pleased to own on Blu-ray. With the commentary and 1.5 hours of video extras this is a strong recommendation! 

Gary Tooze

 


Criterion (Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London) - Region 1 - NTSC

 

Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


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