The special edition release of the Boulting Brothers’ adaptation of Graham Greene’s gritty British noir follows hot on the heels of Rowan Joffe’s recent outing, where the seaside action was transposed to the 1960s. However, this original version remains almost faithful to Greene’s eponymous novel: Greene himself was one of thye scriptwriters on this and he famously changed the ending from that of his novel (I won’t spoil it either here).
The plot follows Pinkie, a 17-year-ols hoodlum, who’s hoping to make the transition from the small to the medium time. A witness to a crime has to be dosposed of, which leads to another witness, a young waitress named Rose, Pinkie silences by marrying.
Greene himself was a renowned convert to Catholicism and the iconography of that faith runs strongly throughout the film, contrasting against the busy gaiety of the holidaymakers and the dank slums where Pimkie and his friends live.
There are memorable performances in this fine DVD edition of the film, most notably from Richard Attenborough as the menacingly deadpan Pinkie and Carol Marsh as the beatific Rose. The setting outshines its players, however, where the poverty and the casual violence of 1940s Brighton is juxtaposed against the jolly optimism of deckchair day trippers determined to put the deprivations of the war behind them.
This edition looks amazing and does brings tremendous picture quality to this classic. This new restored digital transfer of the film includes the following extra extras:
* Interview with Rowan Joffe;
* 1954 NFT interview with Richard Attenborough and John Bouting.
Brighton Rock (special edition) is released on DVD on 28th February 2011
# Format: Black & White, Full Screen, PAL
# Language English
# Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 4:3 – 1.33:1
# Number of discs: 1
# Classification: PG
# Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
# DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
# Run Time: 89 minutes