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Mr Topaze

#1 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:46 pm

MR TOPAZE: After being unavailable for many years, Peter Sellers’ directorial debut from 1961 will receive a Dual Format Edition release.
Currently slated for 18 March 2019.

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#2 Post by Stefan Andersson » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:53 pm

Great news!

BTW, Peter Sellers´s name is spelt "Peter Sellars" in advertising here: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/new ... march-2019
I have no doubt the excellent BFI staff will correct this mistake.

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#3 Post by rapta » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:13 pm

I remember voting for this one to be restored (as did many other people) but never got around to watching it. This will remind me to actually track it down!

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#4 Post by MichaelB » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:31 pm

This is now the 38th Flipside release, and has been postponed slightly to April 15.

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#5 Post by jlnight » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:08 pm

Is the link here Pierre Rouve, the producer of Mr. Topaze and the director of Stranger in the House? Not that I've seen either of these films. Is The Optimists of Nine Elms under consideration for Flipside?

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Flipside 038: Mr Topaze

#6 Post by MichaelB » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:48 am

Full specs announced:
BFI Flipside presents
Mr Topaze
Directed by Peter Sellers
Produced by Dimitri de Grunwald

Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) release on 15 April 2019


Peter Sellers directs and stars in this bittersweet character comedy, based on a Marcel Pagnol play and chosen by the British public in an online vote in 2016 to be digitised by the BFI National Archive. Described by Sellers' biographer Roger Lewis as a ‘lost classic’, Mr Topaze will be released in a Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) on 15 April 2019. Extras include The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1960) directed by Richard Lester, a variety of interviews and more.

Mr Topaze marked Peter Sellers' directorial feature debut and teamed him with his The Ladykillers cohort and future Pink Panther comic foil Herbert Lom, in a stellar cast that also features Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and John Le Mesurier.

Playing the eponymous Mr Topaze, a poor, provincial French schoolteacher slowly corrupted by big business, Sellers is at the peak of his powers. This melancholy character comedy, rarely seen since its release and available here for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD, is essential viewing for fans of Sellers’ unique genius.

Special Features
Let’s Go Crazy (1951, 33 mins): a nightclub-set madcap variety show featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1960, 11 mins): Richard Lester and Peter Sellers’ Goonish comic short, featuring Sellers, Spike Milligan and Leo McKern;
Film Star: Peter Sellers (1967, 37 mins): a profile of the actor and comedian;
Maurice Woodruff Interview (1967, 19 mins): Peter Sellers’ favourite clairvoyant interviewed by Bernard Braden for a TV series, Now and Then, that was never made;
John Boulting Interview (1967, 21 mins): the director discusses his relationship with Sellers in an unbroadcast Now and Then interview with Bernard Braden;
Peter Sellers at the NFT (1960, 92 mins, audio only): the actor addresses an enthusiastic throng of fans;
Abigail McKern Interview (2019, 20 mins): the daughter of Leo McKern discusses the great actor’s life and career;
The Poetry of Realism (2019, 13 mins): journalist Kat Ellinger’s video essay on Marcel Pagnol, the writer of the film’s theatrical source, Topaze;
FIRST PRESSING ONLY Fully illustrated booklet with a new essay by the BFI’s Vic Pratt, biographies of Herbert Lom and Nadia Gray by John Oliver and full film credits.

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1328 / BFI Flipside No. 038 / Cert PG
UK / 1961 / colour / 97 mins / English language, wi­th optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 2.35:1 / BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 m­ono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, 25f­ps, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/16-bit)

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