has announced that a new 4k restoration ofTHE QUEEN OF SPADES will be released in cinemas on December 23. One of the most evocative and sinister
British horror films ever made, Thorold Dickinson’s ( Gaslight, The Next of Kin) ghostly chiller will be
available to own on Blu-ray for the first time and on DVD and Digital on January 23.
Starring Dame Edith Evans (Tom Jones, The Whisperers) in a role that marked her return to cinema
following 35 years devoted to theatre work alongside Anton Walbrook (The Red Shoes, Gaslight) and Yvonne Mitchell (The Divided Heart), THE QUEEN OF SPADES is based on a short ghost story by
celebrated Russian author Alexander Pushkin, and is
considered legendary filmmaker Thorold Dickinson’s most accomplished piece
of work. Dickinson was only hired after the original director was fired
just a few days before production was due to start, making his achievement
even more remarkable.
St. Petersburg, 1806. Army officer Herman Suvorin (Anton Walbrook) has
become obsessed with playing cards, particularly the game of Faro, where
the Queen of Spades is considered an unlucky card.
On stumbling upon a mysterious book about the secrets of a notorious Count,
Herman becomes convinced that the elderly Countess Ranevskaya (Edith Evans)
possesses the secret of winning every game. Desperate to learn the secret
for himself, Herman devises a plan to gain access to her house by seducing
her young Ward, Lizaveta (Yvonne Mitchell). The plan goes awry when Herman
accidently startles the Countess, leading to her death.
At the Countess's funeral, Herman comes to pay his respects, but when he
leans over her open coffin, her eyes open and he lets out a howl of fear.
From this point, Herman finds himself drawn into a satanic world of madness
and mayhem as he is haunted by the Countess and the curse of the Queen of
With Otto Heller’s (The Ladykillers, Peeping Tom)
eerie cinematography and exquisite sound design contributing to the
atmosphere created in the film, THE QUEEN OF SPADES is a
rarely seen gem and warrants up Scorsese’s claim that it is “ One of the few true classics of supernatural cinema’.
The Home entertainment release comes complete with bonus features including
an Introduction by Martin Scorsese, a new interview with
film critic Anna Bogutskaya as well as a rare filmed
interview with Thorold Dickinson discussing the film in
detail. THE QUEEN OF SPADES is the newest addition to the
Vintage Classics collection