Hallelujah. The Family Way (1966), my official third-favorite film of all time, is finally coming out on DVD in North America next week. It has been available in its native Great Britain for some time, but as far as I can tell, it has never been released to home video in North America in any format prior to this — not even on VHS. I don’t expect the film to resonate for everyone the way it does for me, but here are a few selling points, if anyone’s interested: Former child star Hayley Mills co-stars as a newlywed bride in her first truly grown-up role. Her father, Sir John Mills, delivers a fantastic performance as the groom’s grumpy father. Paul McCartney wrote the soundtrack — and it was, in fact, the first solo project by any of the Beatles. And the script was written by Bill Naughton, who also wrote the screenplay for the original version of Alfie (1966). That’s quite the pedigree, no? Many thanks to my friend Karl for alerting me to this.
An old favorite finally comes to home video.
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).