Optimum Home Entertainment To Release Peeping Tom Blu-ray For 50th Anniversary In The UK

Can’t get enough of Michael Powell’s masterpiece of a thriller, Peeping Tom?   Well, may have news for you.

The outlet is reporting that Optimum Home Entertainment, in the UK, has announced that a new Blu-ray release of the classic 1960 thriller, which will commemorate the film’s 50th Anniversary.

In honor of this prestigious mark, the film will feature an introduction with Martin Scorsese, as well as an interview with Powell’s widow and Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker, a commentary by Ian Christie, a documentary entitled The Eye Of The Beholder, a trailer, a feature entitled The Strange Gaze Of Mark Lewis, and a restoration comparison.

Peeping Tom was among the wave of Criterion titles that went out of print this past March, as Studio Canal has been releasing several of their titles through Lionsgate here in the US. Perhaps we’ll get a Blu-ray through them as well.

Personally, there isn’t a single filmmaker that I can think of that deserves to have his films live in the Blu-ray format than Powell, so hopefully this film will be able to live up to previous Powell film’s which have been brought to the HD format.   Granted, this isn’t a Criterion release, so it may not be up to the highest caliber, but then again, who else can reach those heights.   Hopefully this one does it justice, because this is one of this writer’s favorite thrillers of all-time.


  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Interview with Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Commentary by Ian Christie
  • The Eye of the Beholder: Scorsese, Schoonmaker and Christie among others talk about the film
  • The Strange Gaze of Mark Lewis: the psychology of protagonist
  • Restoration Comparison / trailer / behind the scenes stills gallery

Joshua Brunsting

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