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STUDIOCANAL announces a 4K restoration of Joseph Losey’s The Servant (1963)

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To celebrate the centenary of British acting legend Dirk Bogarde STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a brand new 4K restoration of Joseph Losey’s ground-breaking classic THE SERVANT.

The multiple BAFTA-winning film, which has been meticulously restored as part of their VINTAGE CLASSICS collection, will premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival on 19th August, followed by a cinema release on 10th September and a 4K UHD collector’s edition Blu-ray, DVD & Digital release on 20th September

Based on the screenplay by revered playwright Harold PinterTHE SERVANT stars beloved British actor Dirk Bogarde (DEATH IN VENICE, THE BLUE LAMP, DARLING, ACCIDENT) in the title role, alongside James Fox (A PASSAGE TO INDIA, THE CHASE), Sarah Miles (THE BIG SLEEPRYAN’S DAUGHTER) and Wendy Craig (THE NANNY, THE MIND BENDERS).  

Cited by Bong Joon Ho as one of five films that influenced his masterpiece PARASITETHE SERVANT is considered ahead of its time for its ambitious cinematography and its exploration of class and sexual politics in 1960s Britain. It boasts stunning cinematography from Douglas Slocombe (THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS), a fantastic soundtrack by composer John Dankworth (THE AVENGERS, DARLING) and is considered by many to be one of the greatest British films of the last century.

SYNOPSIS:

Sexual tensions and class conflicts run high in the must-see classic THE SERVANT with BAFTA-winning performances from Dirk Bogarde and James Fox. Marking the first of three collaborations between director Joseph Losey and celebrated playwright Harold PinterTHE SERVANT follows sly and seductive manservant Barrett (Bogarde) as he worms his way into the affections of foppish aristocrat Tony (Fox).  Barrett’s awe-inspiring efficiency cleverly masks his true intentions, ultimately giving way to a suspicious and insidious control where the roles of master and servant are reversed. Adapted from Robin Maugham’s short story and with stunning black & white photography from cinematographer Douglas SlocombeTHE SERVANT is a thrilling and ingenious British classic that’s not to be missed.


4K UHD COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY

Available to own on 20th September, or via pre-order now the special UHD collector’s edition Blu-ray presented in both 1.66 and 1.77 aspect ratios offers exciting bonus content, including a brand-new video essay with Matthew Sweet and Phuong Le, a new location featurette with Adam Scovell, a Richard Ayoade interview with James Fox, plus interviews and commentaries with cast, crew and industry experts. The full list of extras includes:

  • NEW: Video essay with Matthew sweet and Phuong Le
  • NEW: Location featurette with Adam Scovell
  • NEW: Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • James Fox interviewed by Richard Ayoade
  • Interview with Wendy Craig
  • Interview with Sarah Miles
  • Interview with Stephen Woolley
  • Harry Burton on Harold Pinter
  • John Coldstream on Dirk Bogarde
  • Audio interview with Douglas Slocombe conducted by Matthew Sweet
  • Joseph Losey & Adolphus Mekas at the New York Film Festival in 1963
  • Harold Pinter Tempo Interview
  • Joseph Losey talks about THE SERVANT
  • 64-page booklet with essays from Peter Bradshaw & Anna Smith

ABOUT THE RESTORATION

Scanned from the original negative on the ARRI 4K, the restoration was completed at Silver Salt, taking 450 hours. The in-depth manual repair was undertaken on certain reels, some requiring significant stabilising and dirt clean-up work, and sections of the film were wet-gate scanned and scratch fixed. The film was also graded in Dolby Vision to capture more detail and contrast than ever before. 

114mins / English Language / Cert: 12 


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