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    Digitally restored classics including Kind Hearts and Coronets on DVD and Blu-ray this Summer

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    "Quintessential British comedy... a jewel in the crown of the finest comedy production line
    Britain ever saw" *****

    Directed by Robert Hamer

    Starring Dennis Price, Alec Guinness,
    Valerie Hobson & Joan Greenwood

    From Ealing Studios
    Produced by Michael Balcon
    Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe

    Certificate: tbc / Running Time: 101 mins

    Restored digital print back in cinemas
    August 19th 2011

    Perhaps the most perfect of all the Golden-Age Ealing comedies, Kind Hearts and Coronets famously featured Alec Guinness in eight different roles as the unsuspecting members of the aristocratic D'Ascoyne family - bumped off one by one by the scheming, outcast cousin of the family: Louis Mazzini. Mazzini's mother was a D'Ascoyne by birth, but she ran away with an opera singer and was ostracized by her family as a result. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to get his revenge. As he ascends the social ranks, he is torn between his love for now-married childhood sweetheart and equally devilish Sibella (Joan Greenwood), and the saintly wife of one of his victims, Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson).

    Dennis Price's stunning performance as the ambitious Louis has always been somewhat overshadowed by Guinness, so sit back and admire anew the coolly detached relish with which he dispatches the eight relatives standing between himself, the Dukedom, and revenge. The film featured stunning and inventive cinematography by Douglas Slocombe, and a groundbreaking first-person narrative that, legend has it, inspired Scorsese to make use of the same device in Goodfellas.

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    On DVD and Blu-ray on 1st August

    WHISKY GALORE! is back in cinemas July 29th
    On DVD and Blu-ray on 1st August

    KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS is back in cinemas 19th August
    On DVD and Blu-ray on 5th September


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