Studiocanal to release new 4K restoration of the Ealing Studios classic ‘THE LAVENDER HILL MOB’

Studiocanal have announced the release of a brand new 4K restoration of the beloved British Ealing Studios comedy classic, THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, which will be released in UK cinemas on 29 March 2024 and available as a 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition and on Digital from 22 April 2024.

Directed by Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda), written by T.E.B. Clarke (winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar), and starring Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts & Coronets, The Man in The White Suit), Stanley Holloway (My Fair Lady), Sid James (Carry On films) and Alfie Bass (Alfie), the film tells the enduringly funny story of a nobody bank employee’s ingenious plan to rob the Bank of England and the motley crew that he assembles to carry out the raid.

The film was extremely popular at the box office on its original release in 1951 and won several awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and the Best Actor Academy Award nomination for Alec Guinness.

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB was restored in 4K using a 35mm duplicating positive as the original negative was unavailable. Thanks to the latest film scanning technology and restoration tools, the Studiocanal team were able to achieve a high standard image from the positive that was used. Silver Salt Restoration restored and colour graded the film producing a new 4K DCP, HDR Dolby Vision and HD master.

Henry Holland (Guiness) has worked faithfully for 20 years as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion.  A shy retiring man, completely inconsequential to his employers, he has long dreamt of a way to execute his plan of the perfect gold robbery – the only catch being how to move the gold on once stolen. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Holloway), a maker of souvenirs.  Holland remarks that with Pendlebury’s smelting equipment, he could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France.  Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (James) and Shorty (Bass).  Together the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns.

Oscar-winning writer T.E.B. Clarke was inspired for the screenplay, to write about a clerk robbing his own bank whilst researching jewellery heists for the film Pool of London, and he even consulted with the Bank of England on the script.

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB was memorably shot on location in the streets of the City of London, still bearing the scars of the Blitz, and by the river Seine and Eiffel Tower in Paris.

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB released as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on Digital on 22 April

Special Features:

  • New The Perfect Heist: Benedict Morrison on The Lavender Hill Mob. Benedict is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Film at Exeter University and author of Eccentric Laughter: Queer Possibilities in Post-War British Film Comedy.
  • New London Comedy Film Festival Q&A with Paul Merton
  • Those British Faces: Stanley Holloway
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Extract from BEHP Audio interview with Charles Crichton
  • Good Afternoon: Mavis interviews T.E.B. Clarke (©1974 Thames Television Ltd, Licensed by FremantleMedia Ltd)
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Jeremy Arnold
  • Original Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery

Contents of 4K UHD Collector’s Edition:

  • 2 discs (UHD and BD)
  • 64 page booklet
  • 2 posters – new and original artwork designed by Matt Griffin
  • 4 pop-art artcards designed by Art & Hue

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