DVD Release: Another Country

DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth

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Rupert Everett (l.) and Colin Firth star in Another Country.

Rupert Everett (Hysteria) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) star in the 1984 biographical drama-romance Another Country, which marked Firth’s movie debut and one of Everett’s first starring roles.

Set in England in 1932, the film focuses on Guy Bennett (Everett), an upper classman attending an elite British boys’ school.  Amid an atmosphere of wealth and privilege, the flamboyant Guy embraces awareness of his gay identity just as his best friend Tommy (Firth) faces a growing preoccupation with Karl Marx.  Each rebels in his own way against the demands of social conformity.  But it is Guy’s infatuation with an underclassman (Cary Elwes, No Strings Attached) that takes center stage as his contempt for authority clashes with the school’s rigid code of conduct.

The PG-rated Another Country was directed by Marek Kanievska; Julian Mitchell wrote the script, adapting his own award-winning 1981 play for the screen.

The DVD of the British film has been out-of-print for years, though it’s been available through used disc brokers.

Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the DVD contains an audio commentary by Kanievska and cinematographer Peter Biziou.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.