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Otley (1969) | Blu-ray release – Tom Courtenay charms in the lively spy comedy thriller


From Powerhouse Films comes the Indicator world Blu-ray premiere release of 1969’s Otley from comedy legends Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais


Born loser Gerald Otley (Tom Courtenay) is a Portobello Road layabout and sleeping off a hangover when his host is murdered. Otley soon becomes involved in some international espionage, blundering from one near-crisis to another, while also getting romantically embroiled with a sexy foreign agent (Romy Schneider).

This lively comedy thriller comes from the talented team of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, best known for The Likely Lads, Porridge, and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Courtenay creates a sympathetic character out of the cowardly, workshy 'hero' who finds himself up to his neck in spy trouble. The sardonic dialogue and brisk pace are spot-on throughout. There's a host of famous faces to look out for including James Bolam, Freddie Jones, Leonard Rossiter, Fiona Lewis, Geoffrey Bayldon and Phyllida Law.

Powerhouse Films' Indictor limited edition release (3000 copies) features a high definition remaster with the original mono audio and new and improved English subtitles, and the following special features…

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: • Audio commentary with director Dick Clement and film historian Sam Dunn (2018) • The Guardian Lecture with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (2008) • New interview with actor Tom Courtenay (2018, 6min) • New interview with Ian La Frenais (2018, 17min) • Trailer • Gallery • Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet