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Town on Trial (Blu-ray)


Defining British crime drama

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Investigating a murder in a small English town, a brusque Police Inspector (John Mills Hobson's Choice, Ice Cold in Alex, Young Winston) discovers that virtually everyone he encounters has something to hide.

Setting the template for British crime thrillers for decades to come (including recent TV hit, Broadchurch), director John Guillermin s audacious, often salacious, drama is untypical of mainstream British cinema of its time. An intelligent and gripping procedural police thriller and macabre melodrama, Town on Trial is a rare treat which is ripe for rediscovery.

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • The John Player Lecture with John Mills (1970): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Margaret Hinxman at London s National Film Theatre
  • New interview with actor Elizabeth Seal (2018)
  • An appreciation by film historian and journalist Barry Forshaw (2018)
  • Adventure in the Hopfields (1954, 60 mins): John Guillermin's early film made for the Children's Film Foundation starring Mandy Miller (The Snorkel)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
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SKU 5037899071250
Catalogue Number PHILTD050
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1957
Director John Guillermin
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Powerhouse Films
Countries UK
Colour Black & White
Subtitles English
Language(s) English
Running time 95 min
Blu-ray region A, B, C
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