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WIN! Ealing Classics The Lavender Hill Mob & Kind Hearts & Coronets on 4K UHD!

To celebrate the release of Ealing Studios glorious The Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts & Coronets on 4K UHD we’ve got a copy of EACH to Give Away!

For your chance to win, simply email your answer to the question below to

The Lavender Hill Mob directed Charles Crichton had a rich history at Ealing Studios, but what other iconic British comedy did he also direct?

A) Four Weddings & A Funeral
B) A Fish Called Wanda
C) The Life Of Brian

Entries close 14th May 2024

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STUDIOCANAL are proud to announce the release of a spectacular 4K restoration of one of the most-loved British comedies from Ealing Studios, THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, written by T.E.B. Clarke (winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar), directed by Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda) and starring Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts & Coronets, The Man in The White Suit), Stanley Holloway (My Fair Lady), Sid James (Carry On films) and Alfie Bass (Alfie).  The enduringly funny story of a nobody bank employee’s ingenious plan to rob the Bank of England and the motley crew that he assembles to carry out the raid, will be released as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on Digital from 22 April. 


Henry Holland (Alec Guiness) has worked faithfully for 20 years as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion.  A shy retiring man, completely inconsequential to his employers, he has long dreamt of a way to execute his plan of the perfect gold robbery – the only catch being how to move the gold on once stolen. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs.  Holland remarks that with Pendlebury’s smelting equipment, he could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France.  Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass).  Together the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns.

Oscar-winning writer T.E.B. Clarke was inspired for the screenplay, to write about a clerk robbing his own bank whilst researching jewellery heists for the film Pool of London, and he even consulted with the Bank of England on the script.  THE LAVENDER HILL MOBwas memorably shot on location in the streets of the City of London, still bearing the scars of the Blitz, and by the river Seine and Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Ranked by the British Film Institute as the 17th greatest British film of all time, the film was extremely popular at the box office on its original release in 1951, and won several awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and the Best Actor Academy Award nomination for Alec Guinness.  

The new 4K restoration release of THE LAVENDER HILL MOB is part of a wider celebration by STUDIOCANAL and UK cinemas of the Golden Age of Ealing Studios, when it was run by Michael Balcon.  The ‘Once More with Ealing’ season will see audience-favourites screening in cinemas, including KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, WHISKY GALORE! and PASSPORT TO PIMLICO, whichall celebrate their 75th Anniversary this year.  STUDIOCANAL will also release KIND HEARTS & CORONETS on UHD for the first time on 22 April, and will have lesser-known Ealing dramas THE BELLS GO DOWN, CAGE OF GOLD and LEASE OF LIFE released on their Vintage Classics label later in the year. 

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB was restored in 4K using a 35mm duplicating positive as the original negative was unavailable.  Thanks to the latest film scanning technology and restoration tools, we were able to achieve a high standard image from the positive that was used. Silver Salt Restoration restored and colour graded the film producing a new 4K DCP, HDR Dolby Vision and HD master. 

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB released as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on Digital on 22 April

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Special Features:

  • New The Perfect Heist: Benedict Morrison on The Lavender Hill Mob.  Benedict is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Film at Exeter University and author of Eccentric Laughter: Queer Possibilities in Post-War British Film Comedy.
  • New London Comedy Film Festival Q&A with Paul Merton
  • Those British Faces: Stanley Holloway
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Extract from BEHP Audio interview with Charles Crichton
  • Good Afternoon: Mavis interviews T.E.B. Clarke (©1974 Thames Television Ltd, Licensed by FremantleMedia Ltd)
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Jeremy Arnold
  • Original Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery

Contents of 4K UHD Collector’s Edition: 

  • 2 discs (UHD and BD)
  • 64 page booklet
  • 2 posters – new and original artwork designed by Matt Griffin
  • 4 pop-art artcards designed by Art & Hue

KIND HEARTS & CORONETS released for the first time on UHD on 22 April

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Special Features:

  • Once More with Ealing
  • John Landis introduction
  • Audio commentary with film critic Peter Bradshaw, director Terence Davies and Matthew Guinness
  • Audio Commentary with film writer and critic Kat Ellinger
  • Those British Faces: Dennis Price
  • Alternate US ending
  • BFI’s Introducing Ealing Studios
  • Behind the Scenes stills gallery
  • Costume stills gallery
  • Original trailer
  • 2019 Trailer
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