The Bel­stone Fox runs again

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Ex­tras in The Bel­stone Fox (1973), a rare film about fox­hunt­ing, which was filmed among the hunt­ing com­mu­ni­ties of the Quan­tocks and Dart­moor, will be able to spot them­selves all over again, as it’s to be re-re­leased this month in high def­i­ni­tion.

The story, adapted from David rook’s novel, The Bal­lad of the Bel­stone Fox, and made pre-ban, be­gins with a hunt ken­nels adopt­ing a fox cub, Tag—al­ways a high-risk strat­egy. Pre­dictably, it doesn’t end well. When Tag leads hunts­man Asher smith’s (eric Porter) hounds to tragedy, he vows to catch the fox even if it kills him. The Bel­stone Fox, also star­ring bill Travers and Den­nis Water­man, is right up there with Ring of Bright Wa­ter in tear-jerk­ing terms. It’s part of The bri­tish Film col­lec­tion of vin­tage films and is avail­able from Au­gust 28 (£14.99). KG

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