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Restless Natives has had a new restoration and is heading to Blu-ray

STUDIOCANAL has announced the upcoming release of a brand-new restoration of the 80s comedy gem Restless Natives, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 1st March 2021.

Starring Vincent Friell (Will) and Joe Mullaney (Ronnie) and directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last StationOne Fine Day) from a script by Ninian Dunnett this much-loved film from 1985 comes with additional features including a new documentary with cast and crew.

Ronnie and Will are two under-employed Scots living on a housing estate in Edinburgh. Bored and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists that swarm through the city, they hatch a wildly irresponsible plan to achieve wealth and notoriety. Donning a wolf and a clown mask and armed with a puffer gun loaded with homemade mace they politely hold up coachloads of tourists travelling through the Highlands for a bit of cash. The duo soon become a hit with the tourists and the public alike, following in the great tradition of fellow folk heroes Robin Hood and Rob Roy. Their exploits make them a bigger tourist attraction than the Loch Ness Monster, much to the annoyance of the inept local police.

Ned Beatty (Network) also stars as a vacationing CIA Agent Fritz Bender who joins the pursuit of the outlaws, with Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as Will’s dad and Mel Smith (The Princess Bride) as a schmoozing gangster who wants to cash in on their fame.

Following the home-grown international hits, Gregory’s Girl (1981) and Local Hero (1983), RESTLESS NATIVES bangs the drum for Scottish cultural pride with its humour, a soaring soundtrack by Big Country and stunning Highlands scenery. This spirited, establishment-mocking caper movie remains a much-loved and thoroughly enjoyable comedy gem.

RESTLESS NATIVES is available to buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 1st March 2021 and available to pre-order HERE.


  • Audio commentary with Director Michael Hoffman, writer Ninian Dunnett and Producer Andy Patterson
  • A Restless Retrospective: Creating A Caledonian Classic feature
  • Soundtrack For A Not-so-big-country: The Music of Restless Natives feature
  • Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

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RESTLESS NATIVES is released as part of the ‘Vintage Classics Collection’ which showcases iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content. The collection includes KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, THE DAM BUSTERS, BILLY LIAR, DON’T LOOK NOW, THE LADYKILLERS, DEATH ON THE NILE, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE WICKER MAN, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and many more.

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