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31 May 2020

Film Movement enrolls in ALASTAIR SIM'S SCHOOL FOR LAUGHTER (review)

The talents of British comedy treasure Alastair Sim are showcased in this four-film set.  Sim plays a dual role as the headmistress of a gang of delinquent schoolgirls and her shifty twin brother in THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN'S.  In SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS, he is a professor of the school of lifemanship who tutors a hapless young man on the art of one upsmanship.  In LAUGHTER IN PARADISE, Sim is one of four heirs who must execute a humiliating and possibly illegal task in order to collect an inheritance.  In HUE AND CRY, he is a comic strip artist who learns that his work is being used by the criminal underworld to spread plans for citywide crimes, and it is up to a gang of schoolboys to stop it.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ALASTAIR SIM'S SCHOOL FOR LAUGHTER Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One - The Belles of St. Trinian's:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Interview with film historian Geoff Brown
    • Interview with Dr. Melanie Williams, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
    • Interview with Alastair Sim's biographer Merlith McKendrick
    • Interview with Steve Chibnall, Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University
    • "The Girls of St. Trinians" interview with surviving cast members Gillian Ferguson, Pauline Drewett, Annabelle Covey, and Diana Day
    • About Film Movement
  • Disc Two - School for Scoundrels:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Interview with Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw
    • Interview with Terry-Thomas biographer Graham McCann
    • Interview with Stephen Potter's grandson Chris Potter
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • About Film Movement
  • Disc Three - Laughter in Paradise:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • About Film Movement
  • Disc Four - Hue and Cry:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Interview with Steve Chibnall, Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University
    • Location Featurette
    • About Film Movement
  • Collector's booklet with an essay by film critic Ronald Bergen

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