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Based upon harrowing real events which were turned in to a 1955 novel by Jean-Paul Clébert, The Blockhouse starts explosively with an Allied air raid on a WW2 German prison camp. Six escaped prisoners take shelter in an underground blockhouse, which is soon destroyed by heavy shelling. Trapped underground, with an almost endless supply of food, wine and candles, the men must endure confinement with no prospect of escape or rescue.

Featuring a stunning ensemble cast that includes Peter Sellers (Hoffman, Being There), Charles Aznavour (Shoot the Pianist), Peter Vaughan (Symptoms, Game of Thrones), Jeremy Kemp (The Strange Affair), Per Oscarsson (A Dandy in Aspic) and Leon Lissek (Marat/Sade), The Blockhouse was filmed on the Channel Islands in a horribly dank and dark underground bunker, giving the film a suffocating sense of claustrophobia. This new restoration edition marks the film’s worldwide Blu-ray premiere.

New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Powerhouse Films
Original mono audio
New interview with star Leon Lissek (2022)
New interview with Fred Rees and Gilda Rees, director Clive Rees’ son and widow (2022) •New interview with production manager Matthew Raymond (2022)
New interview with executive producer Kent Walwin (2022)
New interview with electrician Peter Bloor (2022)
The Channel Islands 1940–1945 (1945): short film produced by Britain’s Crown Film Unit which sees Channel Islanders re-enact incidents from the German occupation during World War II
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Kieran Foster, contemporary news reports on the event that inspired the film, archival interviews with star Peter Sellers and director Clive Rees, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on The Channel Islands 1940–1945, and film credits •World premiere on Blu-ray


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