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Welcome to the October / November 2018 Renown Film Club Newsletter!

Dear Supporters of Renown and Talking Pictures TV,

Firstly just after we went to press last month the sad news reached us of the death of another dear friend and supporter of ours, Dudley Sutton, a tribute to him follows below. We were very fortunate to have worked with Dudley for THE BOYS reunion at Elstree Studios some time ago and it’s an event I was very proud to have put together for such an iconic British Film. Rest In peace dear Dud.

Routemaster Locations Tour.
Thank you to all of you who supported our first Reel Streets / Talking Pictures TV Routemaster Ealing Film Locations Bus Tour. I am thinking about changing my name to Olive as it was such a wonderful day out. Sadly the weather wasn’t kind to us in the morning but the bubbles kept us going! Thank you to Club member Andy Ellis for some of the shots of the brilliant day which you can see below. Our next event is our Annual Festival of Film 2019, on Sunday 24th March at The Alban Arena, St Albans. Tickets for which are over half way sold already, so do grab yours quick!

November 11th Centenary of the end of WW1.
I have just returned from a very moving trip to Flanders and The Somme where Talking Pictures TV filmed with War historian Alan Forbes on the battlefields and at the memorials. Talking Pictures has curated a whole day of WW1 themed films and shorts on November 11th and I would urge you to watch the ‘Lest We Forget’ pieces we have put together in between the films as we commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. Details below.

New Release.
Some fantastic films coming your way on Talking Pictures TV this month Jet Storm, Bell Bottom George, Cast A Dark Shadow, The Greengage Summer, more details below.

New Release.
2019 sees the 70th anniversary of the release of The Glass Mountain and we have been fortunate enough to transfer from the original 35mm, to create a beautifully restored version for DVD with subtitles. A real delight for film lovers and a great Christmas gift too. This is a limited edition version. On that note, I’m pleased to say that our plan is that ALL Renown Label DVD releases and box sets from now on will include subtitles.

This month we have a few ‘mildly terrifying’ ghostly specials for you and a packed newsletter, so stay warm and enjoy a film or two over these colder months, until next month.

Best wishes

Noel, Sarah and Neill

Fully Restored 70th Anniversary Edition: The Glass Mountain

“Beautifully made… a treat for music lovers” – Leonard Maltin

“One of the most successful British films of the era” – The Guardian Renown Pictures are delighted to share with you the latest fully restored film from our archives.
Not available until 2019 to the general public, this release is exclusively available NOW but only to Renown Film Club members and supporters of Talking Pictures TV.
The Glass Mountain (1949) has been lovingly restored and remastered from the original 35mm and for the very first time, is available with subtitles.
Featuring the peerless voice of legendary baritone Tito Gobbi, The Glass Mountain is a classic British film romance enriched with the sublime music of Italian Opera.
A Huge box office hit, The Glass Mountain features scenes from the 1948 Rome Opera production of Lucia Di Lammermoor starring Tito Gobbi, as well as an unforgettable theme tune and film score by Federico Fellini's regular composer, Nino Rota. The composer would continue to create soundtrack gold in films such as War and Peace (1956) , La Dolce Vita (1960), Romeo and Juliet (1968) and The Godfather (1972), but his work on The Glass Mountain, is generally selected as his masterpiece in a career that gave us over 179 soundtrack compositions. Even after his death in 1979, his music lives on, with soundtracks credited to him as recent as 2013.
The Story of The Glass Mountain: Shot down and badly injured over the Italian Alps during the Second World War, RAF Pilot Richard Wilder (Michael Denison), is rescued and nursed back to health by Alida (Valentina Cortesa), a beautiful young Italian girl. As she shares with him the local fables of the Glass Mountain, they begin to fall hopelessly in love. Richard, a young and successful composer before the war, is enraptured, not only by Alida but by her stories from which he writes an opera. Back home in England, Richard tries to resume life with his wife Anne (Dulcie Gray), but is haunted by his time in Italy and by the lovely partisan girl who saved his life. When his opera receives its premiere in Venice, he realises that it is Alida he truly loves and wants to be with – but fate has one last cruel trick to play…
The Glass Mountain (1949): Directed by Henry Cass. Starring Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Valentina Cortesa, Sebastian Shaw, Tito Gobbi, Antonio Centa and Elena Rizzieri. Also features Valentine Dyall as the Opera Narrator. Musical numbers in The Glass Mountain: ‘Wayfarer’ (Vivian Lambelet & Elizabeth Anthony), first sung by Michael Denison; ‘La Montanara’ (Ortelli & Pigarelli) sung by Tito Gobbi; ‘The Glass Mountain’ (Nino Rota) sung by Tito Gobbi and Elena Rizzieri. Opera sequences sung by Elena Rizzieri and Tito Gobbi. Made at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, UK and on location at the Teatro La Fenice Opera House, Venice. Every British film fan will want this restored masterpiece in their collection, so get yours now – ahead of anyone else in our exclusive offer!

RRP £16.99   Our Price £10 with FREE UK P&P

Vol 1: Whistle and I’ll Come to You.

This volume Ghost Stories from the BBC pairs both versions of the terrifying Whistle and I'll Come to You: the 1968 adaptation directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Sir Michael Hordern, and the 2010 reinterpretation, starring the legendary John Hurt. The DVD also contains over 80 minutes of extras.

Vol 2: Stalls of Barchester / Warning to the Curious.

As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of M.R. James. This volume of Ghost Stories from the BBC includes the DVD premiere release of 1971's The Stalls of Barchester starring Robin Hardy and 1972's A Warning to the Curious, starring Peter Vaughan. The DVD contains over 80 minutes of extras including two dramatic ghost renditions from the actor Sir Christopher Lee.

Vol 3: Lost Hearts / Treasure of Abbot Thomas / The Ash Tree.

These BBC adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles by their legions of eager fans. The DVD premieres three stories directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark: Lost Hearts (1973), The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974) and The Ash Tree (1975), with extras and illustrated booklet.

Vol 4: The Signalman / Stigma / The Ice House.

This BFI collection of Ghost Stories from the BBC includes 1976's The Signalman, 1977's Stigma and 1978's The Ice House. Although most films in the series were based on the stories of M.R .James, The Signalman was scripted by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice) from a Charles Dickens story, while the last two films in this volume were based on original scripts. The DVD comes with extras and an illustrated booklet.

Vol 5: A View from a Hill / Number 13.

This final collection in the BFI's series includes two more recent M.R. James adaptations: A View from a Hill (2005) and Number 13 (2006). Both were screened to acclaim from critics and fans, and are regarded as perfect complements to the vintage BBC Christmas Ghost Story productions revived tradition. The DVD contains extras with Sir Christopher Lee and illustrated booklet.

BFI: Special Editions
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Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive, this is the definitive version of the classic British science fiction thriller. Stars Edward Judd, Leo McKern and Janet Munro. When the USA and Russia simultaneously test atomic bombs, the earth is knocked off its axis and set on a collision course with the sun. As the planet inexorably heats up and society slowly breaks down, a reporter breaks the news and investigates… The DVD contains nearly 3 hours of extras.


Directed by the documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman, Magician (2014) explores the life and career of Orson Welles, taking the viewer on a wild journey through his accomplished career in theatre and radio, as well as his work in film and television, both in Hollywood and Europe. Featuring new interviews with Welles authorities including Simon Callow and Peter Bogdanovich, and illustrated with a wealth of archival material and film extracts. The DVD is further enhanced with extras and booklet.


Starring Shelley Winters, Richard Conte and Victor Mature. Childhood friends Martin Rome, a charismatic and ruthless criminal and Lieutenant Candella, a dogged and tireless cop, go head-to-head as Rome attempts to forge an alibi through intimidation and menace. A tense game of cat and mouse plays out to an inevitably dramatic climax. In Robert Siodmak’s fast-paced crime-noir thriller which is acclaimed as a key work in the genre. The DVD contains extras.

A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1932) 2-Discs

This is a Blu-ray and DVD disc set!

Gary Cooper stars as the somewhat cynical Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American enlisted in the Italian army to drive ambulances during the war. He meets Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé was killed at the Somme. What starts as a flirtatious and casual encounter soon develops into something much deeper – but can their passion survive the war? Fully restored and remastered this Oscar winning film directed by Frank Borzage, also comes with extras on both a BLURAY and DVD disc, along with a fully illustrated booklet featuring full film credits and essays by Geoff Andrew, Adrian Wootton, and Kent Jones.


Filmed among the ruins of the Crystal Palace terraces, The Pleasure Garden is a playful and poetic ode to desire, and winner of the Prix de Fantasie Poetique at Cannes in 1954. Made by the American poet James Broughton, the film features Hattie Jacques and Lindsay Anderson, with John le Mesurier as the bureaucrat determined to stamp out any form of free expression. As an extra, The Phoenix Tower (1957) is a rare 39 minute short documentary charting the construction of the BBC's Crystal Palace Television Tower. The DVD is accompanied with an illustrated booklet with background information.

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THE VINTAGE SCI-FI COLLECTION Vol:1 (3-Disc Set) 10 Films.
ONCE IN A NEW MOON (1935) stars: Eliot Makeham & Rene Ray; THE NIGHT CALLER (1965) stars John Saxon; PHANTOM FROM SPACE (1953) stars Ted Cooper; DR. CYCLOPS (1940) Digest version stars Albert Dekker; TARGET EARTH (1954) stars Richard Denning; STRANGER FROM VENUS (1954) stars Patricia Neal; THE ALIEN FACTOR (1978) stars Don Leifert; CAPTIVE (1980) stars Cameron Mitchell; PSI FACTOR (1980) stars Peter Mark Richmond & Gretchen Corbett; THE DREAM DOCTOR (1936) stars Leo Genn.
THE HOUSE IN MARSH ROAD (1960) stars Patricia Dainton; THE TROLLENBERG TERROR (1958) stars Forrest Tucker; FIRE MAIDENS FROM OUTER SPACE (1956) Harry Fowler; TREAD SOFTLY (1952) stars Patricia Dainton & John Bentley; BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE (1958) stars Donald Wolfit & Barbara Shelley; FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1950) stars Gwen Watford; THE MONKEY’S PAW (1948) stars Milton Rosmer; CROW HOLLOW (1952) stars Donald Houston; CURSE OF THE WRAYDONS (1946) stars Tod Slaughter. (Bonus features with Patricia Dainton)
BEHEMOTH THE SEA MONSTER (1959) stars Gene Evans; WOMANEATER (1958) with Vera Day + Bonus insight to the film with Vera; BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE (1959) stars Michael Forrest; GORGO (1961) stars Bill Travers; MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL (1957) stars Jim Davis; THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959) stars Don Sullivan; CRATER LAKE MONSTER (1977) stars Richard Cardella; THE KILLER SHREWS (1959) stars James Best; STRANGE WORLD OF PLANET X (1958) stars Forrest Tucker (Bonus: MAN OR BEAST).