Town on Trial (Blu-ray) Indicator Ltd


Investigating the murder of a young woman in a small English town, a brusque Superintendent (John Mills – Hobson’s Choice, Ice Cold in Alex, Young Winston) discovers that virtually everybody he encounters has something to hide. Setting the template for British crime thrillers for decades to come, director John Guillermin’s audacious, often salacious, drama is untypical of mainstream British cinema of its time, and can be seen as both a direct antecedent of the Italian giallo and a blueprint for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Town on Trial is a rare treat which is ripe for rediscovery.

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Special Features

High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
The John Player Lecture with John Mills (1972, 96 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Margaret Hinxman at London’s National Film Theatre
Barry Forshaw on ‘Town on Trial’ (2018, 20 mins): an appreciation by the author of British Crime Film: Subverting the Social Order and Brit Noir
Adventure in the Hopfields (1954, 59 mins): director John Guillermin’s Children’s Film Foundation drama starring Mandy Miller (The Snorkel)
Shooting Hops (2018, 7 mins): focus puller Alec Burridge discusses working with John Guillermin and the production of Adventure in the Hopfields
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: original promotional material
New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, extracts from the original campaign book, a profile of actor Barbara Bates, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited Edition of 3,000 copies