Cult classic Clockwise has been newly restored ahead of its debut on Blu-ray courtesy of Studiocanal on November 19
John Cleese is brilliant in this post-Monty Python era film about an overtly punctual school headmaster who conducts his life based on strict regimen and perfect time-keeping but finds his entire day, en route to a headmaster’s conference, disrupted by one mishap after another.
An underrated gem, Cleese is at his high-energy best as a head teacher trekking across country to frantically get to a teachers’ conference. Paul Attanasio of the Washington Post said the film’s pleasures “stem not simply from gags, but from the kind of strong story construction that’s almost disappeared from comedy.” Indeed, this wonderful farce is both heartwarming and funny.
Cleese, in an interview with Den of Geek, said Clockwise was the only time he felt he had been offered a premier comic film leading role. Although A Fish Called Wanda would come shortly after it, Clockwise is the only time in Cleese’s career where he’s the bona fide lead as opposed to being part of an ensemble. In fact, as is pointed out by the 80s Kids website, most original standalone films made by the Pythons featured at least two former members. But Clockwise was Cleese’s baby.
For its debut on UK Blu-ray, the comic classic from 1986 has been newly restored from its original colour negative. The scanning, restoration and grading has been performed in 4K. The film will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on November 19 with a new interview with writer Michael Frayn.