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Directed by Sidney Gilliat
UK 1972

 

The final feature by Sidney Gilliat, Endless Night capped a career that encompassed screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed, the anarchic St. Trinian’s comedies, and his own directorial gems such as mystery-thriller Green for Danger.

Adapting Agatha Christie’s celebrated novel of the same name, the film reunites the co-stars of cult classic Twisted Nerve, Hywel Bennett (The Virgin Soldiers) and Hayley Mills (Take a Girl Like You), and boasts an impressive supporting cast including Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man), Per Oscarsson (A Dandy in Aspic) and George Sanders (All About Eve).

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A shiftless dreamer, Michael Rogers (Hywel Bennett) fantasizes about a lifestyle above his means and marries a wealthy, young girl, Ellie Thomsen (Hayley Mills) who just came of age. They hire a famous architect to build their dream home amidst a series of suspicious incidents. The spouse has dark intentions toward his naive, inexperienced bride. Secrets from his past and sinister ties to their houseguest Greta (Britt Ekland), lead to a terrible turn of unexpected events.

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Theatrical Release: October 5th, 1972

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Review: Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Also coming to Region 'A' Blu-ray from Kino on March 24th, 2020

  

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Runtime 1:39:41.684         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,211,813,544 bytes

Feature: 29,534,629,440 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Interview / Lecture:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Indicator

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,211,813,544 bytes

Feature: 29,534,629,440 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The BEHP Interview with Sidney Gilliat (1990, 100 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the accomplished writer and director in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines
The John Player Lecture with Bernard Herrmann (1972, 53 mins): the renowned composer in conversation at London’s National Film Theatre
A Full House (2020, 7:20): interview with celebrated actor Hayley Mills
Endless Notes (2020, 12:38): composer and musician Howard Blake recalls working with Herrmann
Emotional Turbulence (2020, 16:02): appreciation of Herrmann’s late career by author and historian Neil Sinyard
Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
Original theatrical trailer (3:13)
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Anne Billson, Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat on Endless Night, an archival interview with Gilliat, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 24th, 2020
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Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (January 2020): Indicator have transferred Sidney Gilliat's Endless Night to Blu-ray. It is described as being a "New restoration from a 4K scan". The image is heavy, looking fairly thick, but consistent with only one sequences of notable vertical scratches (see capture below). Colors have depth, there is healthy grain texture and the 1080P presentation connotes a film-like appearance. The softness appears inherent in the production.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. The audio is appropriately flat with an unmistakable score by the great Bernard Herrmann (Cape Fear, The Magnificent Ambersons, Taxi Driver, The Wrong Man, Dressed to Kill, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, etc. etc.)  sounding rich and deep - very Vertigo-esque. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers a BEHP Interview with Sidney Gilliat from 1990- it's an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the accomplished writer and director in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines running about 100-minutes to the film. Also running to the film is the audio option of a John Player Lecture with Bernard Herrmann from 1972 running 53-minutes. The renowned composer is in conversation at London’s National Film Theatre. Also included is A Full House - a new 7-minute interview with celebrated actor Hayley Mills how she knew Sidney Gilliat and was married to Roy Boulting. She is still beautiful discussing Endless Night at 74-years of age commenting that the cherry-on-the-cake was Herrmann's score. Endless Notes is also new - a dozen minutes with composer and musician Howard Blake who recalls working with Herrmann. Emotional Turbulence spends over 1/4 hour with author and historian Neil Sinyard in an appreciation of Herrmann’s later career. The extras also offer an image gallery of on-set and promotional photography plus an original theatrical trailer. The package has a limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Anne Billson, Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat on Endless Night, an archival interview with Gilliat, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Endless Night has one constantly thinking of Hitchcock - nicely crafted by director Sidney Gilliat - deliberate and unsuspecting. Murder is in the offing with beautiful gals Hayley Mills and Britt Ekland plus Miss Moneypenny herself Lois Maxwell. It's a film I am glad to have seen and own on 4K-restored Blu-ray. Plenty of value here for fans of Brit mystery-thrillers evoking The Master. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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