Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London Underground (1959-1962) [Criterion Collection, Eclipse Series]
DVD Video, 2 x DVD9 + 2 x DVD5 | 4 x ~ 1hr 30mn | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | ~ 21.5 Gb
English: Dolby AC3, 1 ch | Subtitles: English
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Music | Director: Basil Dearden
After mastering the mix of comedy, suspense, and horror that helped define the golden age of British cinema, Basil Dearden (along with his producing partner Michael Relph) left the legendary Ealing Studios and struck out on his own. In the late fifties and early sixties, he created a series of gripping, groundbreaking, even controversial films that dealt with racism, homophobia, and the lingering effects of World War II, noir-tinged dramas that burrowed into corners of London rarely seen on-screen. This set of elegantly crafted films brings this quintessential figure of British cinema out of the shadows.