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(1971) Extremely rare!

Adapted for TV by the BBC and Hallmark, this moving story
stars Jenny Agutter and Richard Harris and has a running time of
approximately 50 minutes.

Based upon Paul Gallicos delicate novel, Patrick Garland's
Golden Globe winning The

is a stark and hauntingly beautiful drama set amongst the striking
scenery of the Essex salt marshes during the early years of WWII. A
bearded Richard Harris leads the modest cast with his sensitive
portrayal of tormented soul Philip Rhayader, a lonely misshapen man
shunned by society but with a great love of life; Harris isnt
overly bitter of his treatment and expresses his compassion through
his paintings and love of the waterfowl that surround him. Harris
is ably supported by the waiflike Jenny Agutter as Frith, who
radiates the requisite amount of youthful innocence and naivety,
and won a best supporting actress Emmy Award for her performance.

Set during the late 1930s, Philip Rhayadar (Richard Harris)
is a disfigured recluse living in a disused lighthouse on Essexs
Great Marsh. Rhayadar is a conservationist who loves the marsh
wildfowl and whilst out walking one day encounters Frith (Jenny
Agutter), an orphan girl embracing an injured Canadian
shot by hunters.

Rhayadar takes the injured bird back to his lighthouse where
they tend to the animals injuries. He informs Frith that she is the
first visitor to his home in years and she replies that the locals
warn people off visiting him and thus an unlikely friendship is
formed. Soon, winter has passed and the by the spring the fit again

migrates north leaving behind a heartbroken Frith. For two years
Rhayadar saw neither Frith or the
and loneliness once again descended on his life.

Soon news reaches Rhayadar that the Germans have invaded
Poland and that we are at war; he quickly sends off a letter to the
local civil defence offering his services to the Observer Corps but
is reprehensibly rejected. Meanwhile, after three years of solitude
both Frith and the

return to Rhayadars life and bring him a short spell of contentment
and happiness, but when the news breaks that the British
Expeditionary Force are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, Rhayadar
seizes his chance to prove himself.

comes housed in a standard 14mm
case complete with custom artwork in the form of a glossy sleeve
and printed disc. It is a fan produced
sold on a collector to collector basis.
This TV adaptation has never been officially released and for
years has only been available as a poor quality recording (5/10
video quality) with both opening and closing credits missing.
This recording is from a recently discovred version which has
complete end credits and is only missing the first 2 seconds of
dialogue before the opening credits. The quality has been
remastered from the new source improving it even further by
filtering, cleaning and adjusting the picture quality, contrast,
sharpness and colour as well as upping the resolution to a very
watchable 640 x 480 pixels and an overall video quality of at least
7/10. I have added three pictures that show the before-and-after
versions of this new recording, it is plain to see how much better
this version is. Such a watchable version has never been
available previously on any format as the only surviving 'official'
version is a VHS transfer currently housed in the BFI archive.
Audio quality is very good.
is Region 0 and NTSC format. This disc should play anywhere in the
world on a
Player, Games console or computer although it is recommended that
Europeans google their players specifications to ensure their
system is capable of playing NTSC encoded material.
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