The Importance of Being Earnest is released as part of ‘The British Film’ collection by Network.

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Director Anthony Asquith’s sumptuous adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy assembles one of the greatest casts ever seen in a British film and still remains the definitive screen adaptation; The Importance of Being Earnest (U) has been issued on Blu-ray RRP £14.99, and DVD RRP £9.99, this week, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

Earning a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival and a BAFTA nomination for newcomer Dorothy Tutin, The Importance of Being Earnest is featured here in a stunning new High Definition transfer from original film element.

Two eligible bachelors, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, are in trouble. Jack’s unworthy habit of representing himself as his imaginary brother Ernest and Algernon’s adoption of an equally fictitious – and perpetually sickly – friend has allowed them both a latitude in their personal lives that they would otherwise have not enjoyed. Their respective deceptions start to unravel, however, when both chaps become mortally wounded by Cupid’s arrow – setting up a series of events which will change their lives forever.

Special features include a Profile of The Importance of Being Earnest featurette, extensive image galleries, promotional material PDFs and a Booklet by Professor Neil Sinyard.

‘The British Film’ collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe’s leading distribution and production companies. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers, affirming Network Distributing’s commitment to classic British cinema.

Titles include significant works from studios including Associated Talking Pictures, Ealing Studios, London Films, British Lion, Associated British Picture Corporation and EMI from the Studiocanal archive.

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