has announced the release of a newly-restored version of the rarely
seen classic WW2 Navy thriller, GIFT HORSE. 80 years ago,
during WWII, British ‘Operation Chariot' stunned the Nazis, and the film
pays tribute to this raid.
Directed by Compton Bennett (The Seventh Veil)
and Starring Trevor Howard (The Third Man, Brief Encounter), Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape, The Angry Silenc)and Sid James (The Carry On series), the new restoration of GIFT HORSE will be available to own on Digital, Blu-Ray and DVD
from April 4 and on VOD from May 9.
features a supporting cast that includes Sonny Tufts (The Seven Year Itch), James Donald (The Bridge on the River Kwai), Bernard Lee (the
James Bond franchise), Dora Bryan (Fallen Idol), Hugh Williams (Wuthering Heights) and Meredith Edwards (A Run For Your Money).
Marking the first time the film will be available to own
on Blu-Ray and Digital, looking better than ever and packaged with
brand-new extras material, GIFT HORSE is a welcome
addition to the
In 1940, the Royal Navy is frantically recruiting for WWII so pulls
Lieutenant Commander Fraser out of retirement to captain the HMS
Ballantrae, herself recently re-commissioned and lent by the Americans to a
seriously under-resourced British Navy. Despite an inauspicious start and
multiple repairs, Fraser crafts the ship and its crew into an efficient
fighting force, culminating in a daring mission to destroy a French
dockyard which is crucial to the Nazis in maintaining their formidable
battleships. The climax of the film is a fictional account of the real-life
St Nazaire Raid of 1942 AKA Operation Chariot – led by a ship very similar
to the Gift Horse itself, and celebrated as The Greatest Raid of All.
Running Time: DVD 96 mins / Blu-Ray 100 mins
The story of Operation Chariot, the raid on the French Port of St Nazaire
by the British Navy who rammed an old Battleship packed with explosives
into the dry docks at the harbour, I would imagine is pretty much unknown
by all but the most dedicated of WW2 history buffs.
Studiocanal give us all a chance to learn more about HMS Ballantrae in this
stiff upper lip British War film that’s packed with some of the best known
names and faces of 1950s British cinema. Studiocanal have worked wonders
with this restoration. Gift Horse for this Blu-ray and DVD release is so
well restored that the pristine high definition picture manages to
highlight the limitation of 1950s special effects, models really look like
models here. That’s not to take away from what is essentially a drama about
the crew of the ship rather than the actual Navel operation that only takes
up about the last 10 minutes of the film.
Gift Horse might not have aged as well as The Silent Enemy, another recent
release from Studiocanal. Even if you only have a passing interest in
classic British war films War Horse is certainly worth seeking out