By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The early starring role for the AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON actress has been restored for hi-def disc.
Fun City Editions will release 1970’s I START COUNTING! on Blu-ray October 27. Directed by David Greene (a multi-Emmy winner for the likes of the classic miniseries ROOTS and RICH MAN, POOR MAN), it was scripted by Richard Harris from the novel by Audrey Erskine Lindop and shot by cinematographer Alex Thomson (EXCALIBUR, THE KEEP). Jenny Agutter, Bryan Marshall, Simon Ward and Clare Sutcliffe star; the synopsis: “As young Wynne [Agutter] comes of age, a psychotic killer of teen schoolgirls stalks her hometown, which is rapidly transforming from an antiquated village to a forward-looking ‘new town.’ Is the murderer Wynne’s much older foster brother George [Marshall]? The conflicted Wynne is deeply in love with George, but also fears that he is guilty of the horrific crimes.”
The movie has been scanned and restored in 2K from the 35mm interpositive, and will be accompanied by the following special features:
- Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
- “A Kickstart: Jenny Agutter Remembers I START COUNTING!” (video interview)
- Video introduction by Jenny Agutter
- “Loss of Innocence: A Video Essay on I START COUNTING!” by Chris O’Neill
- “I Start Directing: David Greene’s Complicated Family Stories” by Amanda Reyes
- “Remembrances of Basil Kirchin, David Green and I START COUNTING!” by Matt Stephenson
- Image gallery
The disc retails for $34.98, but can be pre-ordered for $24.99 at its Vinegar Syndrome webpage.