Restored Version Of Classic British War Movie Gift Horse To Debut On Blu-ray – SEENIT

Studiocanal is releasing a restored version of British war film classic Gift Horse on Blu-Ray and DVD from April 4and as part of the Vintage Classics collection.

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Directed by Compton Bennett, the film stars Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough and Sid James with a supporting cast that includes Sonny Tufts (The Seven Year Itch), James Donald (The Bridge on the River Kwai), Bernard Lee (The Franchise James Bond), Dora Bryan (Fallen Idol), Hugh Williams (Wuthering Heights) and Meredith Edwards (A Run For Your Money).

In 1940, the Royal Navy was frantically recruiting for the Second World War, bringing Lieutenant Commander Fraser (Howard) out of retirement to become captain of HMS Ballantrae, itself recently recommissioned and loaned by the Americans to a seriously underfunded British Navy.

Despite an inauspicious start and multiple repairs, Fraser transforms the ship and her crew into an effective fighting force, culminating in a daring mission to destroy a French shipyard that is crucial to the Nazis in maintaining their fearsome battleships.

The climax of the film is a fictionalized account of the real-life St Nazaire Raid of 1942 AKA Operation Chariot – led by a ship very similar to the Gift Horse, and celebrated as the greatest raid of all.

Supplements:

  • Operation Chariot and HMS Campbeltown: James Dorrian remembers the real gift horse
  • Ceremony Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the St Nazaire Raid (1947 British Pathé)
  • Behind-the-scenes gallery
  • Original trailer

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