Despite lauding whisky smuggling, bullion robbery and serial killing, this famous trio of Ealing Comedies are as cosy as cocoa and crumpets in the public memory.
And they buff up beautifully on Blu-ray, emerging sharp and full of nuance, much like the films themselves.
Informative, if slightly motley, extras also keep the quirky Ealing feel intact. John Ellis’ extensively researched commentary for Whisky Galore! shows up the post-war hatred of bureaucracy that creates a rule-baiting undertow in Alexander Mackendrick’s tale of Hebridean islanders battling to keep a wrecked ship’s cargo of whisky secret from the authorities.
Look out for Gordon Jackson as a schoolteacher, light years before his craggy Cowley in TV’s The Professionals.