Bellman and True has arrived on Blu-ray courtesy of Powerhouse Films’ Indicator series. Adapted by Desmond Lowden from his novel of the same name, the film is a tense heist thriller starring Bernard Hill as a computer programmer blackmailed by gangsters into hacking a bank security system.
Directed by Richard Loncraine (Full Circle, The Missionary) Bellman & True deftly balances dramatic realism with stark black comedy and nail-biting suspense. Produced by HandMade Films, Bellman & True is a fine companion piece to their successful thrillers The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Two presentations of the film: the pre-release version that premiered at the 1987 London Film Festival (122 mins), and the original UK theatrical cut (114 mins)
Running in Traffic (2019, 24 mins): director Richard Loncraine recalls the production of the film
Just an Adventure (2019, 20 mins): actor Kieran O’Brien talks fondly of his first film role
Cracking the System (2019, 17 mins): screenwriter and author Desmond Lowden discusses adapting his own novel for the screen
Trust Me (2019, 10 mins): composer Colin Towns looks back at the creation of the film’s score
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Kevin Lyons, a look at the inspiration behind the film’s title, an archival interview with Bernard Hill, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
Read our full review here.
Bellman and True was released on Blu-ray in the UK on May 27, 2019.