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(aka "Four Desperate Men")

 

Directed by Harry Watt
UK 1959

 

A tense thriller shot on location in Sydney, The Siege of Pinchgut would become the legendary Ealing Studios' final film. Grittily directed by Harry Watt and starring Aldo Ray in a quintessential "tough guy" role, it is presented here as a High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Criminal Matt Kirk makes a daring escape on his way to prison with the help of his gang. When their boat's propeller becomes fouled they drift ashore on the tiny island of Pinchgut and take the island's caretaker and his family hostage. With their cover soon blown, the island is surrounded by armed police and a state of siege ensues.

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The Siege of Pinchgut (released in the US as Four Desperate Men) is a 1959 British thriller filmed on location in Sydney, Australia and directed by Harry Watt. It was the last film produced by Ealing Studios, and was entered into the 9th Berlin International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Golden Bear Award.

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Theatrical Release: June 1959 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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

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Runtime 1:44:18.791        
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1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,589,072,439 bytes

Feature: 21,928,384,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 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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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

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

Disc Size: 26,589,072,439 bytes

Feature: 21,928,384,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Interviews with composer Kenneth V. Jones (5:14), assistant director Michael Birkett (9:33) and second assistant editor Barry Peters (3:04)
Theatrical trailer (3:01)
Image gallery

PDFs of Pressbook, Synopsis etc.


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 23rd, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (November 2020): Network have transferred Harry Watt's The Siege of Pinchgut to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio". It has a supportive bitrate on a single-layered disc and looks fine with a touch of gloss, some impressive detail in the film's few close-ups, and pleasing contrast. It is in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. There are effects, boats, gunfire and some further aggression but perhaps more notable for the score by Kenneth V. Jones (Maroc 7 The Projected Man, Psyche 59, Ten Seconds to Hell, Tower of Evil, Tomb of Legeia, The Horse's Mouth) which adds to the suspense heightening tension. Network offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offer over 15-minutes (in total) of separate interviews with composer Kenneth V. Jones, assistant director Michael Birkett and second assistant editor Barry Peters sharing recollections of their, specific, work on The Siege of Pinchgut. There is also a theatrical trailer, image gallery and in the root of the disc are three PDF files of the Pressbook etc.

The Siege of Pinchgut is very good - far exceeding my expectations (it seemed like it might be a war picture as opposed to a crime-thriller.) It is notable as Ealing Studios last film. Ealing is remembered for their delightful comedies, often with Alec Guinness; The Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Man in the White Suit etc. but the studio did a number of excellent noirish crime thrillers and unique efforts; The Blue Lamp, Dead of Night, Pool of London, It Always Rains on Sunday, The Square Ring, The Night My Number Came Up, The Captive Heart, They Came to a City etc. It's hard to believe that a thriller this accomplished with the last effort from the much beloved British studio. I enjoyed it immensely and I am very happy the Network Blu-ray presentation and smattering of supplements. Certainly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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