KEN RUSSELL’S films issued by BFI as dual format dvd and Blu Ray edition.

Ken Russell1KEN RUSSELL: THE GREAT COMPOSERS (PG) 1968 £29.99
This collection brings together three career-defining works by Ken Russell showing him to be an inventive and ground-breaking pioneer.

‘Elgar’ (1962) dramatises the life of English composer Sir Edward Elgar (George McGrath) and tells the story of his music in a series of visualisations.

‘The Debussy Film’ (1965), co-written by Melvyn Bragg, tells the story of a film crew making a film about the life and work of Claude Debussy (Oliver Reed).

‘Song of Summer’ (1968) depicts the last five years of Frederick Delius (Max Adrian)’s life as the young composer Eric Fenby (Christopher Gable) aids him in completing his final, unfinished scores. Dual format dvd and Blu Ray edition.

Special features
• Newly remasteredand presented High Definition and Standard Definition

• Michael BradsellIntroduces The Great Composers (2015, 10 mins) –the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell

• Land of Hope and Glory (1931, TBC mins) –footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting the LSO at the opening of the new HMV Studios (now Abbey Road Studios)

• Elgar and the Three Choirs Festival (Harold Brooke, 1929-1932) –amateur footage of Elgar at home and at the Three Choirs Festival

• Ken Russell and Michael Kennedy commentary for Elgar, recorded in 2002

• Newly commissioned commentary by Kevin Flanagan for The Debussy Film

• Ken Russell commentary for Song of Summer, recorded in 2002

• Illustrated booklet featuring full film credits and new essays by Kevin Flanagan, John Hill, John C Tibbetts, Paul Sutton and Michael Brooke

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080/50i | LPCM 2.0 audio (48kHz/24-bits)

Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (192kbps)

Disc 3: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (192kbps)
Ken RussellgKEN RUSSELL: THE GREAT PASSIONS (12) £29.99
Triple bill of BBC dramas from film-maker Ken Russell.

‘Always On Sunday’ (1965) charts the life of French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau (James Lloyd)

‘Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World’ (1966) depicts the life of acclaimed American dancer Isadora Duncan (Vivian Pickles).

‘Dante’s Inferno’ (1967) chronicles the complex relationship between the English poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Oliver Reed) and his wife Elizabeth Siddal (Judith Paris). Dual format dvd and Blu Ray edition

Special features
• Newly remasteredand presented High Definition and Standard Definition

• Michael BradsellIntroduces The Great Passions (2015, 18 mins) –the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell

• Late Night Line Up: Russell at Work (Ian Keill, 1966, 31 mins) –a documentary on Russell shot whilst he was making Isadora

• Newly commissioned commentaries by Brian Hoyle for Always on Sundayand Dante’s Inferno

• Newly commissioned commentary by Paul Sutton for Isadora

• The Paul Sutton Tapes –an alternative audio track to Isadoracomprised of interviews Paul Sutton conducted with the cast and crew between 2008 and 2012.

• Illustrated booklet featuring full film credits and new essays by John Wyver, Kevin Jackson, Christophe Van Eecke, Brian Hoyle, Paul Sutton and Michael Brooke

•Disc 1: BD50 | 1080/50i | LPCM 2.0 audio (48kHz/24-bits) TBC

•Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (192kbps) TBC

•Disc 3: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (192kbps) TBC

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

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