Town On Trial (Region Free)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(John Guillermin, 1957)
Release date: 29 May 2023
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Investigating the murder of a young woman in a small English town, a brusque Superintendent (John Mills – Hobson's ChoiceIce Cold in AlexYoung Winston) discovers that virtually everybody he encounters has something to hide. Setting the template for British crime thrillers for decades to come, director John Guillermin’s audacious, often salacious, drama is untypical of mainstream British cinema of its time, and can be seen as both a direct antecedent of the Italian giallo and a blueprint for David Lynch's Twin PeaksTown on Trial is a rare treat which is ripe for rediscovery.


  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • The John Player Lecture with John Mills (1972, 96 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Margaret Hinxman at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Barry Forshaw on ‘Town on Trial’ (2018, 20 mins): appreciation by the author of British Crime Film: Subverting the Social Order and Brit Noir
  • Adventure in the Hopfields (1954, 59 mins): director John Guillermin’s Children’s Film Foundation drama starring Mandy Miller (The Snorkel)
  • Shooting Hops (2018, 7 mins): focus puller Alec Burridge discusses working with John Guillermin and the production of Adventure in the Hopfields
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: original promotional material
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing