'King of Hearts: 50th Anniversary Edition' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 at 10:47 AM PDT by

The critically-acclaimed 1966 comedy is headed for the high-definition format later this year.

In an early announcement to retailers, Cohen Media Group is working on 'King of Hearts: 50th Anniversary Edition' for Blu-ray sometime in 2017.

One of the most popular foreign films of all time, playing continuously in some theatres for over five years, King of Hearts is a "bright, lilting, whimsical, lyrical" (Cue) comedy that cleverly satirizes the absurdity of war with a "message [that is] meaningful and entertaining" (Boxoffice).

Bumbling Scottish Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent to a village in the beautiful French countryside during World War I on a suicide mission to detonate explosives set by the retreating German army. The village, soon to be blown sky-high, has been abandoned by its inhabitants - and replaced with escapees from the local insane asylum. Now with the mentally challenged running the town, Plumpick is crowned King! But his new title brings him his first horrible decision: to carry out his deadly mission or join the ranks of the blissfully ignorant who know nothing about war. King Of Hearts is subtle, visually striking and, in short, the "ultimate display of madness" (Life)!

Specs and supplements have yet to be revealed, but the release will feature a new master restored in 4K under the supervision of director of photography Pierre Lhomme. The restoration work was carried out at Technicolor Boulogne, France.

You can find the latest specs for 'King of Hearts: 50th Anniversary Edition' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under PENDING.

See what people are saying about this story in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions.

Tags: Cohen Media Group, Disc Announcements (all tags)