The Chalk Garden

Edition no. 180

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Licensor
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Directed by: Ronald Neame

Ronald Neame (The Odessa File) directs this stately adaptation of Enid Bagnold’s play which tells of a haughty matriarch (Edith Evans, The Whisperers) who employs a governess (Deborah Kerr, The Innocents) with a shadowy past to take care of her troubled teenage granddaughter (Hayley Mills, Take a Girl Like YouEndless Night), and her neglected garden. John Mills (Town on TrialThe Wrong Box) plays the butler who develops a soft spot for the governess, and navigates the fraught interpersonal relationships of the house. A hit with audiences upon its original release, The Chalk Garden benefits from a nuanced screenplay by the great John Michael Hayes (Rear Window) and tasteful photography by Arthur Ibbetson (Where Eagles DareFanatic).

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary with film historians Josephine Botting and Lucy Bolton (2021)
  • The BEHP Interview with Ronald Neame (1991, 107 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the acclaimed director in conversation with Roy Fowler
  • Fertile Ground (2021, 8 mins): assistant production accountant Maurice Landsberger remembers filming at Eastbourne
  • 8mm Location Footage (1963, 1 min): excerpts from John Mills’ home movies shot at Beachy Head during production
  • Clever Conversation (2021, 22 mins): appreciation of Malcolm Arnold’s score by author and musician David Huckvale
  • Loved and Envied (2021, 11 mins): Josephine Botting on the life and career of Enid Bagnold
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Melanie Williams, extracts from interviews and autobiographies, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits

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