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Cohen Film Collection colors the world with the Black Jack: 35th Anniversary

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More miraculous news from Cohen Media Group's Cohen Film Collection: This time, they bring an early film by multiple award-winning director Ken Loach to U.S. Blu-ray for the first time on April 8, when it releases Black Jack: 35th Anniversary Edition.
A rediscovered classic from realist master Ken Loach and one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Black Jack, based on Leon Garfield's novel for children, is a dark and complex adventure film set in brutal 18th century England. After French thief and ruffian Black Jack (portrayed by Jean Franval) escapes the hangman's noose, he kidnaps young Tolly (Stephen Hirst), a boy who can somehow understand and translate the big barbarian's odd speech. Together they go on an adventure that includes traveling fairs, body snatching, murder and the rescue from an insane asylum of a girl (Louise Cooper) who may not be insane at all.
Black Jack was shot primarily in 16mm and on a modest budget on location in Yorkshire by the future Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges. Director Loach, famed for his gentle observational style, draws enchanting "unacted" performances from his young cast - nonprofessionals chosen by Loach for their authentic northern accents.
The Cohen Film Collection brings this rare but important film by a master director to home video in a deluxe 35th anniversary edition that includes feature-length audio commentary by Loach and a new essay by film critic and scholar Peter Tonguette.