NEWS: SINK THE BISMARCK! Starring Kenneth More -available for the first time ever on UK Blu-ray

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One of Kenny’s finest screen performances has been released for the first time ever on UK Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range.

Alongside Golden Globe winning actress Dana Wynter (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers) and a host of excellent British actors, Sink the Bismarck! is considered by many to be one of the finest British war films ever made and was the seventh most successful film released in Great Britain in 1960.

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Continuing his partnership with Academy Award nominated director Lewis Gilbert (Reach for the Sky, The Greengage Summer), Kenny stars as Captain Jonathan Shepard, Chief of Operations at the Admiralty in London, who leads the real-life story of the Royal Navy’s task force mission to hunt and sink Nazi Germany’s greatest battleship – the Bismarck, scourge of Atlantic shipping, which is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. In the Spring of 1941, Bismarck makes a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe with devastating consequences.

Based on the book The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck by C. S. Forester (Horatio Hornblower, The African Queen), and receiving great acclaim for its authenticity and nail-biting combat sequences upon release, Sink the Bismarck! features actual combat footage, as well as real-life cruiser HMS Belfast (now preserved in London), utilised for filming to depict the Royal Navy warships involved in Bismarck’s pursuit.

With a 1080p presentation on Blu-ray, stereo and original mono options, and a brand new and exclusive interview with film historian Sheldon Hall, this is the definitive UK release of a British screen classic.

Sink the Bismarck! is out now. Click here to order.

Artwork and film images courtesy of Eureka Entertainment.

“a first-rate film re-creation of a thrilling historical event” – Variety

“this fine film fully captures the tensions, dangers and complexities of battle” – Radio Times

“a viewer could not ask for greater authenticity.” – The New York Times

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Original British ad for Sink the Bismarck!

 

 

 

FEATURES: KENNETH MORE REFLECTIONS – A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS

In an exclusive article for KennethMore.com, Kenny’s daughter Sarah Glaister shares some personal memories of her father.

Kenny and daughter Sarah

“The address was Kingston House North in Princes Gate opposite Hyde Park – Flat 8. We lived here from when I was 2 years old to when my mother and father (Kenneth More) separated in 1963. I remember how the study was lined with books, his encyclopedia Britannica’s proudly on display together with his volumes on Churchill. Behind his chair was his tropical fish aquarium which he loved.

Kenny’s original Churchill volumes

The Greengage Summer. Susannah York (left) looks on with Elizabeth Dear and Sarah playing with their dolls

I have many memories of my father when I was young and my parents were together. I think one of my favourites was when he was filming The Greengage Summer (aka Loss of Innocence (1961), because I went on location with my mother and father to France during production. I loved all the children in the film, especially Elizabeth Dear who became my friend during filming.

I was always in the car whilst they were on set, and if they were actually filming I used to hide on the floor in the back so they wouldn’t see me!

I visited film sets often over these years, but this one in particular is the one I remember the most. I must have been about 7 years old.”

See more pictures of Kenny and Sarah together in the main gallery.

FEATURES: REMEMBERING KENNETH MORE – Allan Hunter

As part of a new series at KennethMore.com, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director Allan Hunter pays tribute to Kenny…

‘It is forty years this month since I met Kenneth More. That Edinburgh day was a stinker; cold and miserable with rain thumping down. There were less people than you might have expected for his signing session at a central bookshop. More was every bit as affable and approachable as you would have hoped. He was the one asking questions about how far I had come and what my interests were. His personal charm merely reinforced the impression you would have gained from watching his countless screen appearances. I have still have my signed copy of More Or Less.

There was hardly a bigger star in British cinema during the 1950s than Kenneth More. There was something utterly dependable about him. If there was a crisis you could trust that his common sense, decency and calm confidence would be enough to save the day. Perhaps that explains why he was so good at portraying real life life heroes and born leaders. Movie stars can seem largely than life but More felt like a member of the family or someone you could share a pint with at the local pub. His acting was understated and unfussy. There was no bluster or grandstanding, just a humble striving to present a performance marked by honesty and humanity.

More received four BAFTA (Best British Actor nominations) for Genevieve (1953), Doctor In The House (1954), The Deep Blue Sea (1955) and Reach For The Sky (1956). The latter contains his performance as irrepressible flying ace Douglas Bader and probably remains his best known film.

Those nominations reflect the range of his talent. He may have been a stalwart of British war movies but he was also an extremely polished and pleasing light comedian, spot-on as the unflappable gentleman’s gentleman in The Admirable Crichton (1957) and providing lots of fun way out west in The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw (1958). Personal favourites among More’s films would have to include the very fine Titanic story A Night To Remember (1958), the rousing adventure North West Frontier (1959) and coming of age drama The Greengage Summer (1961).

Reputations come and go. What once seemed groundbreaking now feels old hat. More seemed to fall out of favour in the 1960s, eclipsed by a new generation of British stars, the rise of kitchen sink dramas and the arrival of angry young men. It is clear now that his best work has stood the test of time and deserves to be remembered, revisited and savoured.’

Allan Hunter is co-director of the Glasgow Film Festival. Follow him here on Twitter

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