Richard Attenborough’s renowned, star-studded historical biopic follows the early years of one of Britain’s most beloved and controversial figures – Winston Churchill.
Writer-producer Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was approached by Churchill himself, who suggested his own book, My Early Life: A Roving Commission, would make a good film. The result is a lavish and beautifully detailed drama, with Simon Ward in the lead role, detailing Churchill’s service as a cavalry officer in India and the Sudan, as a war correspondent in the Second Boer War, and his election to Parliament at the age of 26.
Forman and Attenborough assembled a sterling cast in support: Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Magee, Edward Woodward, and John Mills add weight to Attenborough’s vision of the man and the myth.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
The John Player Lecture with Richard Attenborough (1971, 78 mins): the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London’s National Film Theatre
Reflections of a Director (2006, 13 mins): archival interview with Attenborough
A National Hero Brought to Life (2006, 17 mins): archival interview with actor Simon Ward on his performance as Winston Churchill
Camel Blues (2019, 30 mins): assistant director William P Cartlidge remembers working with Attenborough and writer-producer Carl Foreman
Stars and Sand (2019, 9 mins): second assistant director Brian Cook discusses the star-studded cast
My Kingdom for a Horse (2019, 11 mins): Vic Armstrong recalls his work as Ward’s stunt double and his role as horse wrangler for the film
Fires in the Sky (2019, 6 mins): special effects artist John Richardson on the challenges of filming in Wales, Morocco, and Blenheim Palace
Making It Up (2019, 3 mins): interview with make-up artist Robin Grantham
Deleted scenes (7 mins): five scenes from the ‘roadshow’ version, including the alternative ending with Winston and Randolph Churchill
US Premiere Footage (1972, 16 mins, mute): rare and unseen material featuring Attenborough, Foreman, Ward, Robert Shaw, Edward G Robinson, and others
Original theatrical trailer
Image galleries: publicity and promotional material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Sergio Angelini, the cast and crew on the making of Young Winston, an extract from Winston Churchill’s A Roving Commission: My Early Life, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies