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Initial post: 30 Jun 2012 09:35:23 BDT
Henry Turner says:
Please does anyone know when the new restoration of Hitchcock's first film, The Pleasure Garden, is coming out on DVD and blu-ray? I can't get an answer out of Network (who release the heavily cut version). Details of the restoration at

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 06:10:08 BDT
Molly Brown says:
Work on the restorations was done at the BFI National Archive and digital facilities supplied by Deluxe Soho. The work has taken almost two years to complete and has been supported by a wide range of industry and individual patrons. Backers include The Film Foundation (chaired by Martin Scorsese) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Genius of Hitchcock
BFI Southbank
World Premiere

The Pleasure Garden (1925/2012 Restoration Version)
Alfred Hitchcock's directorial debut, made when he was 25, follows the love lives of two dancers at a London nightspot.
Score by Daniel Patrick Cohen performed live by Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble. This commission was supported with funds from PRS for Music Foundation.

Wilton's Music Hall, Grace's Alley, Shadwell, London E1 8JB
Thursday 28 June 2012, 19:30
Fully booked
Friday 29 June 2012, 19:30
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I doubt if they are available yet, as the BFI has only just shown the restored versions in their Hitchcock festival. There are websites that SAY they have restored versions, but the review on this website byJames Oliver on 4th February 2008 obviously shows the boxset advertised is not the new restorations. I daresay they will be released soon though. Might be an idea to contact the BFI. I would love to see a properly restored version of Rear Window, which I apparently have, although it is not very good imo, considering the film was made in the 50's.

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 07:18:49 BDT
Henry Turner says:
Hi Molly, thank you very much for the information. I tried the BFI and they said that they don't have the rights to the film and that if it's to be released it will be by Network. Unfortunately Network only have the heavily cut version in their catalogue!
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