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Secret Friends (1991) Blu-ray: Region-free with extras

UK label, Powerhouse Films, is releasing Director Dennis Potter’s neglected Secret Friends (1991) on an HD remastered Blu-ray. Stars Alan Bates, Gina Bellman.

Unfairly neglected since its original low-key cinema run, Secret Friends is the only feature to be written and directed by Dennis Potter (Pennies from HeavenThe Singing Detective).

Made shortly after his hugely controversial mini-series Blackeyes, the film centres on a writer, played by Alan Bates (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), who descends into a kind of madness during a train journey as memories, fantasies and psychotic visions collide.

Release date: February 17, 2020
Genre: Drama / Fantasy

Disc and film details

  • Director: Dennis Potter
  • Cast: Alan Bates, Gina Bellman, Frances Barber 
  • Country: UK
  • Production Year: 1991
  • Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Region: Free
  • Run Time: TBA
  • Formats: Color
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • Studio: Powerhouse Films (UK)

Special features

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original stereo audio
  • New audio commentary with Graham Fuller, editor of Potter on Potter
  • Bon Vivant (2020): actor Ian McNeice recalls working with Dennis Potter
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Jeff Billington, Dennis Potter on the making of Secret Friends, an extract from Potter on Potter, an overview of critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

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