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The Titfield Thunderbolt (Digitally Restored): 60th Anniversary - Preview

The Titfield Thunderbolt

Preview by Jack Foley

A COMICAL and delightful tale of community spirit, written by celebrated Ealing regular and Academy Award Winner T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob, Barnacle Bill), directed by Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob) and celebrating its 60th Anniversary, The Titfield Thunderbolt has been expertly digitally restored from the much loved, Golden Age of the Ealing Comedies.

Originally released in 1953, this charming classic follows the consequences of when the Government run, British Railways Service announce the closure of the line linking rural Titfield to Mallingford – the only line the Titfield inhabitants rely on to commute to work and transport their produce to market.

A group of the local village residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a massively wealthy member of the community attracted to the complete lack of alcohol licensing hours on trains.

Unfortunately, their decision puts them into direct competition with the local bus company and soon enough, a whole array of comically genius anarchy and madness ensues, including cunning sabotage and thrilling adventures.

The Titfield Thunderbolt will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 14, 2013.

Extras including ‘The Making of The Titfield Thunderbolt’, Douglas Slocombe Home Movie Footage, The Lion Locomotive Featurette, Locations Featurette, Stills Gallery, Restoration comparison, Douglas Slocombe on Charles Crichton audio interview and trailer.

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Certificate: U
Running time: 80mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: January 14, 2013