Kind Hearts And Coronets. The General D'Ascoyne (Alec Guinness). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL / Ealing Studios.

Kind Hearts And Coronets

1949 British comedy film about revenge. Stars Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Audrey Fildes and others.

Kind Hearts & Coronets - 70th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Kind Hearts & Coronets - 70th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies, Kind Hearts And Coronets stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D'Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her.

When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke - all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance.

Directed by Robert Hamer (who co-wrote the screenplay with John Dighton), Kind Hearts And Coronets also stars Joan Greenwood as the husky-voiced siren Sibella and Valerie Hobson as the refined and virtuous Edith D'Ascoyne, both of whom threaten to distract Louis from his murderous quest.

This special edition includes a brand new 4K restoration of the film on both Blu-ray (2K) and DVD (1K) formats.

First released: Monday 24th June 2019

Restoration details
The 35mm nitrate original negative of Kind Hearts & Coronets was scanned in 4K resolution at 16bit by the BFI archive. The resulting files were sent to Silver Salt Restoration, for restoration and colour grading. Extensive manual correction was carried out on a frame by frame basis to fix large dirt debris, warping, tears, scuffs and scratches. It was colour corrected by Senior Colourist, Steve Bearman.


  • Booklet
  • Art cards
  • Poster
  • Once More with Ealing: A brand new featurette including interviews with filmmakers Whit Stillman, Paul King, Stephen Woolley and critic Peter Bradshaw discussing their love for Ealing and the brilliant legacy of Kind Hearts & Coronets
  • Audio commentary with Terence Davies, Peter Bradshaw and Matthew Guinness
  • Alternate US ending and commentary
  • John Landis introduction
  • BFI's Introducing Ealing Studios
  • Those British Faces: Dennis Price
  • Behind the scenes stills gallery
  • Costumes stills gallery
  • Distributor: STUDIOCANAL
  • Region: B/2
  • Discs: 2
  • Minutes: 102
  • Subtitles: English

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