Adapted from Ernst Toller's 1939 play of the same name, and based on the true story of Protestant minister Martin Niemöller, Pastor Hall is the impressive third feature from the Boulting brothers (Brighton Rock). Starring Wilfrid Lawson (Pygmalion) as the iconic pastor, and Nova Pilbeam (Young and Innocent) as his formidable daughter, the film had its original production delayed by British censors who were not yet ready to be openly critical of Fuhrer's regime.
A bold and stirring tribute to the universal power of faith, courage and personal conviction, Pastor Hall has been newly restored from 4K scans of the nitrate duplicate negative by Powerhouse Films and is finally available on Blu-ray for the first time in the world.
New restoration from a 4K scan of the nitrate duplicate negative by Powerhouse Films
Original mono audio
Matthew D Hockenos on Martin Niemöller (2022): the author of Then They Came for Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied discusses the life and legacy of the German pastor
Richard Falcon on ‘Pastor Hall’ (2022): the ex-BBFC examiner discusses the film’s history with the British Board of Film Censors
Newsreel footage (1946): extract from Welt in Film featuring Niemöller speaking about post-war German guilt
The Dawn Guard (1941): short film directed by Roy Boulting and starring Pastor Hall actors Percy Walsh and Bernard Miles as members of the Home Guard
Minefield!(1944): documentary short film produced by Roy Boulting for the Army Film Unit
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Fiona Kelly, archival articles, new writing on the short films, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 4,000 copies for the UK and US
All extras subject to change
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