Blu-ray Release: Expresso Bongo

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 18, 2022
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Cohen Media/Kino Lorber

Cohen Film Collection introduces the Fifties British rock and roll near-classic Expresso Bongo.

The film’s fast-paced story concerns a cheap, opportunistic Soho talent agent (Laurence Harvey, The Manchurian Candidate) who always looks for the quick buck.

When he picks up amateur singer and bongo player (Cliff Richard) in a  Soho espresso bar, he uses a little bit of luck and tons of chutzpah to transform the kid into a highly-regarded international singing sensation.

Cohen Media’s new 2K restoration from the original negative was done in collaboration with the British Film Institute and its Unlocking Film Heritage program.

This edition is the full and original 1959 theatrical version, which includes a number of songs that were cut out of the later and more commonly available 1962 version that was released at the time to capitalize on the popularity of rocker Richard.

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About Laurence

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.