A Month in the Country

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A Month in the Country

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu May 26, 2016 12:30 pm

Full specs announced:
A Month in the Country
A film by Pat O’Connor
Starring Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh and Natasha Richardson


A captivating adaptation of J L Carr’s much loved novel, A Month in the Country tells the story of a traumatised First World War veteran Tom Birkin (compellingly portrayed by Colin Firth) who, in the summer of 1920, travels to the beautiful Yorkshire village of Oxgodby to uncover a medieval wall painting in the local church.

Previously unavailable on DVD yet highly sought after, the BFI will release A Month in the Country on DVD and Blu-ray in a Dual Format Edition on 20 June 2016. Extras include new interviews with Colin Firth and director Pat O’Connor (Cal, Circle of Friends, Dancing at Lughnasa).

During his stay in the village, Birkin develops an unspoken love for the vicar’s wife, Alice (Natasha Richardson) and forms a close friendship with archaeologist James Moon (Kenneth Branagh), who is also emotionally scarred by the conflict. As both men set about excavating the past, they also begin to reclaim themselves from the horrors of war.

Pat O’Connor’s quintessentially English classic was hailed upon its original theatrical release for its beautiful images, elegiac tone, and rousing score by Howard Blake (The Snowman).

Almost 30 years later, the film also offers a fascinating chance to see three now very well-known British actors at the beginning of their careers. It was Kenneth Branagh’s first film role, Colin Firth’s third film but his first leading role and the late Natasha Richardson’s second film role.

Special features
• Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
• An Interview with Colin Firth (2016, 40 mins)
• An Interview with Pat O’Connor (2016, 21 mins)
• Audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
• Original theatrical trailer
• Isolated music and effects track
• Illustrated booklet with new writing by Jo Botting and Andy Miller, and full film credits

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1252 / Cert PG
UK / 1987 / colour / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 96 mins / original aspect ratio 1:78:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

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Re: A Month in the Country

#2 Post by beamish13 » Thu May 26, 2016 2:51 pm

A beautiful film, with great extras from the Twilight Time Blu-Ray being ported over. Excited to see the Firth and O'Connor interviews.

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Re: A Month in the Country

#3 Post by patreig » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:34 am

beamish13 wrote:A beautiful film, with great extras from the Twilight Time Blu-Ray being ported over. Excited to see the Firth and O'Connor interviews.
A beautiful film, indeed. But what a pity that BFI is not subtitling (HoH) the extras anymore. This used to be the case, as for the Terence Davies DVDs for instance, even for the director commentaries. I was able to catch more than 50% of the Pat O'Connor interview, but I stopped watching the Colin Firth interview after 3 minutes since I could not understand him at all. This is very frustrating and unfair for non-native english speakers.

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Re: A Month in the Country

#4 Post by nitin » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:51 pm

Is this the same transfer as the TT disc or is it another case like Richard III where the BFI have access to a superior transfer?

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Re: A Month in the Country

#5 Post by manicsounds » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:06 am

patreig wrote:
beamish13 wrote:A beautiful film, with great extras from the Twilight Time Blu-Ray being ported over. Excited to see the Firth and O'Connor interviews.
A beautiful film, indeed. But what a pity that BFI is not subtitling (HoH) the extras anymore. This used to be the case, as for the Terence Davies DVDs for instance, even for the director commentaries. I was able to catch more than 50% of the Pat O'Connor interview, but I stopped watching the Colin Firth interview after 3 minutes since I could not understand him at all. This is very frustrating and unfair for non-native english speakers.
Compared to the villagers in the film O'Connor and Firth's English in the interviews are very easy to understand - but yes, it is unfortunate the BFI is not subtitling extras anymore.

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Re: A Month in the Country

#6 Post by patreig » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:13 am

manicsounds wrote: Compared to the villagers in the film O'Connor and Firth's English in the interviews are very easy to understand
But the villagers are subtitled!

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Re: A Month in the Country

#7 Post by bottled spider » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:54 pm

An exceptionally beautiful Blu-ray.

The cover should perhaps offer the reassurance that this is Kenneth Branagh before he became insufferable, and a warning that, having succeeded in making a decent film, the director does his best to spoil it with a beyond-belief sappy ending.

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