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Directed by Lewis Gilbert
UK 1954

 

Amoral aristocrat Mile Ravencourt (Laurence Harvey, A 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 three men down on their luck - washed up ex-boxer (Stanley Baker, Zulu), ex-GI Joe (Richard Basehart, Moby Dick) and American airman Eddie (John Ireland, Red River) - Ravencourt's perfectly-planned heist looks sure to pay off. But is there any such thing as a sure thing?

Boasting powerful performances from 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 here both in its original theatrical version and in an extended export cut, originally intended for international audiences.

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Viewers who think British cinema's "angry young man" trend began with Look Back in Anger in 1958 are far too trusting of textbooks. Lewis Gilbert's moody film noir, The Good Die Young, reveals that post-WW II male angst was alive and kicking on England's screens at least as early as 1954. The story of four buddies who come to tragic ends via a badly botched post office robbery, Gilbert's picture is loaded with desperate characters whose hopes and dreams have become distant memories. As Laurence Harvey, who plays the well-heeled monster of the bunch, states at one point: "All the good boys were killed in the war, or should have been. The good die young. The rest survived and came back, and nobody wants us. The law prevents our opportunity." You can't get much angrier than that.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 4th, 1954

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

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Distribution BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime Domestic: 1:38:13.791 / Export: 1:40:30.916
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1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,034,445,607 bytes

Domestic: 28,712,030,208 bytes

Export: 29,396,287,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,034,445,607 bytes

Domestic: 28,712,030,208 bytes

Export: 29,396,287,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

When Giants Fought (1926, 30:55): a contentious but historic bare-knuckle conflict of 1810 is vividly revisited in this power-packed silent boxing drama, with a newly commissioned musical score by Mordecai Smyth
Midnight Taxi (1946, 17:15): a London cabby uncovers the city's secret nightlife in this surprising plug for post-war National Savings
Under Night Streets (1958, 19:37): after the last tube has gone, an army of underground workers get busy down below
Not Like Any Other Director: Lewis Gilbert (1995, 31:09): Michael Caine introduces the director of The Good Die Young, in this excerpt from an on-stage interview at London's National Film Theatre
Image gallery (11:06)
***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits

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Blu-ray Release Date:
July 20th, 2020
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9 / 9

 

 

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ADDITION: BFI Blu-ray (July 2020): BFI have transferred Lewis Gilbert's The Good Die Young to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Newly remastered by the BFI and presented in High Definition". This Blu-ray also contains (seamlessly-branched) the option of seeing the Export version of The Good Die Young made available for the first time. It is an extended overseas-only version of the film containing anti-establishment sentiments considered too strong for British audiences of the day. Both version look the same and have max'ed out bitrates. Generally, the 1080P image is strong with a few scenes having marginally faded contrast. There is plenty of consistent grain and the visuals are generally clean showing good detail in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. I was very pleased with the HD presentation.

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On their Blu-ray, BFI use a linear PCM dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. There are some aggressive effects that carry weight and score by the great Georges Auric (The Mind Benders, The Lavender Hill Mob, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, It Always Rains on Sunday, Dead of Night, The Innocents, Lola Montes, Rififi, Wages of Fear), adding building tension to the atmosphere. Some may note Lambert Williamson's Piano Blues played in the Pub. It all sounds tight and supportive via the uncompressed. BFI offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

Aside from the inclusion of the Export version, BFI add some other, less related, supplements. When Giants Fought is a 1/2 hour 1926 short about a contentious but historic bare-knuckle conflict of 1810. It is vividly revisited in this power-packed silent boxing drama, with a newly commissioned musical score by Mordecai Smyth. Midnight Taxi is a 17-minute short from 1946 about a London cabby uncovers the city's secret nightlife in this surprising plug for post-war National Savings. Under Night Streets is 20-minute from 1958. After the last tube has gone, an army of underground workers get busy down below. I really enjoyed the 1/2 hour Not Like Any Other Director: Lewis Gilbert from 1995 with a highly complimentary introduction to the director by Michael Caine in this excerpt from an on-stage interview at London's National Film Theatre. There is a lengthy image gallery and for purchasers of the first pressing there is a fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits. The package has a second disc PAL DVD.

I loved every minute of The Good Die Young. Lewis Gilbert made a brilliant Noir with a stacked cast including Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins, John Ireland, Stanley Baker, Margaret Leighton, and Robert Morley. It's a film I am extremely pleased to own this looking and sounding so strong - thanks BFI for another wonderful Blu-ray. Dark Cinema fans shouldn't hesitate for a minute. This is a keeper!

Gary Tooze

 


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