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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV520
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137128014
  • Street Date: 08/22/23
  • PreBook Date: 07/18/23
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 102 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1971
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       David Hemmings
  •       Carolyn Seymour
  •       Douglas Wilmer
  •       Tony Haygarth
  •       David Auker
  •       David Jackson
  •       Barbara Lott
  •       Hamilton Dyce
  •       Donald Gee
  •       Hubert Rees
  •       Tom Morris
  •       Richard Gill
  •       Michael Kitchen
  •       Nicholas Hoye
  •       Tom Owen
  •       Toby Simpson
  •       James Wardroper
  •       Clive Gray
  • Director: John Mackenzie


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Unman Wittering And Zigo [Limited Edition]

When a young man takes a vacant teaching spot at a British public school he quickly learns he may have gotten into more than he expected.

Unman Wittering And Zigo [Limited Edition]
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Boys will be boys in this scathing psychological thriller set within the hidebound but testosterone-charged confines of a remote coastal British private school, produced by and starring David Hemmings (Blow Up, Deep Red). John Ebony is the idealistic young schoolmaster who arrives at Chantrey School for Boys on his first assignment, employed to fill the shoes of his predecessor Pelham who has recently been found dead at the bottom of a nearby cliff. Taking up residence in a cottage in the school's grounds with his restless young wife Sylvia (Carolyn Seymour), Ebony is eager to make a good impression, but immediately gets off on the wrong foot with his assigned pupils, discovering the boys of class Lower 5B, minus the perpetually absent Zigo, to be unruly and defiant. However, they might possibly know more about Pelham's demise than the school's headmaster and his fellow staff are letting on. Masterfully shot by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey) and directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday), this film adaptation of Giles Cooper's classic play is presented on home video for the first time ever. Unman, Wittering and Zigo presents a scathing exposé of the kind of environment from which brutish empires are born.


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Bonus Materials

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original lossless English mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by Sean Hogan and Kim Newman
  • Brand new appreciation by critic, broadcaster and cultural historian Matthew Sweet
  • Unman, Terhew, Lipstrob and Mrs Ebony, featurette with cast members Michael Howe, Michael Cashman, James Wardroper and Carolyn Seymour looking back at the production
  • The original 1958 recording of Giles Cooper’s radio play
  • Original trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Double sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Eric Adrian Lee
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Eric Adrian Lee
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Lyons and Oliver Wake

Sales Points

  • Unman, Wittering and Zigo is a national treasure of British cinema, referenced in episodes of Little Britain and by Rowan Atkinson in The Secret Policeman's Ball
  • For fans of A Clockwork Orange, Blackboard Jungle, and Class of 1984
  • Global Blu-ray debut with deluxe remastering and bonus features

Press Quotes

A finely wrought psychological suspense drama

     —BFI, Screenonline

Nifty little sleeper...creepy, chilling mystery, loaded with twists

     —Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide

Director John Mackenzie of Long, Good, Friday fame made this creepy, nasty, thriller in 1971... aided immeasurably by master cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, who contributed some dazzling and disturbing point of view shots

     —Keith Humphreys, All Good Movies

Full of ripe and gruesome promise

     —Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

[This film] delivers. It grows unbearably tense and even nasty

     —Nathon Southern, AllMovie.com

This quietly frightening tale of mass intimidation represents every instructor's worst nightmare... it holds interest throughout, and remains intriguing viewing


This is a strikingly well-done film that is well worth seeing.

     —Steve Ruskin , AV Maniacs

This Arrow release may hopefully help to ameliorate the strange lack of renown this film has, because it's rather viscerally disturbing and ironically quite memorable. Technical merits are generally solid and the supplements very enjoyable. Recommended.

     —JEFFREY KAUFFMAN, Blu-ray.com

Small-scale but eerily effective, Unman, Wittering and Zigo is Recommended.

     —Stuart Galbraith IV, The Digital Bits


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