BFI DVD AND BLU RAY RELEASES FOR AUTUMN 2016

NAPOLEON (U) 1927 FRANCE GANCE, ABEL
3-DISC BLU-RAY SET – £34.99 – due 21st November 2016
4-DISC DVD SET – due 21st November 2016

Marking a new chapter in the history of one of the world’s greatest films, the
release of Abel Gance’s Napoleon is the culmination of a project spanning 50
years. Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI National
Archive have completed a new digitally restored version of this cinematic triumph,
and audiences will be able to experience this extraordinary film complete with Carl
Davis’s magnificent score when the released on DVD & Blu-ray in November.
Originally conceived by its director as the first of 6 films about Napoleon, this five
and a half hour epic features full scale historical recreations of episodes from his
personal and political life, from the French Revolution to the heroic arrival of
French troops in Italy that marked the beginning of the First Italian campaign of
1976. Utilizing a number of groundbreaking camera and editing techniques, Abel
Gance’s Napoleon offers one of the most richly rewarding and thrilling experiences
in the history of cinema, a brilliant pairing of music and film, comparable to grand
opera in its intensity, offering dazzling scenes of unparalleled brilliance.

Special features
• Abel Gance: Charm of Dynamite (Kevin Brownlow, 1968, 50 mins):
Documentary on the life and work of Abel Gance, narrated by director
Lindsay Anderson (If…, This Sporting Life)
• Interview with composer Carl Davis on the recording of the score for
Napoleon
• 60 page illustrated book including new essays on the film and music plus
full film credits
• Other extras TBC3-Disc Blu-ray Set

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (12) 1959 WISE , ROBERT £19.99
Dual Format Edition – due 24th October 2016
Considered by many to be the last of the true 40s and 50s film noirs, Odds
Against Tomorrow is the story of a daring robbery gone wrong.
When ruthless killer Earle Slater (Robert Ryan) teams up with crooked excop
Dave Burke (Ed Begley), and gambler Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte)
to rob a New York bank, things quickly start to go wrong. Fuelled by his
racist hatred, Earle continually clashes with Johnny resulting in the heist
quickly spiralling out of control. With the escalating tension comes
increasing violence as Slater’s prejudice drives both him and Ingram to the
very edge.
With its dark jazz score and brooding atmosphere Odds Against Tomorrow
represents one of the most important films about race and racism, and was
directed by four time Oscar winner Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, West
Side Story.
Special features:
• Original trailer
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film
• Other extras TBC

PARIS BLUES (12) 1961 RITT, MARTIN £19.99
Dual Format Edition – due 24th October 2016

Ram Bowen (Paul Newman, The Hustler) and Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier,
In the Heat of the Night) are jazz musicians who live for music. Their Paris
is one of underground, smoke-filled Jazz bars and the rain-drenched
streets of the Left Bank at night. However their carefree idyll is disturbed
when two American tourists (Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll)
enter their lives, and against the backdrop of music and moonlight, they
find themselves falling in love.
All too soon however, romance is put to the test, as the men find
themselves torn between their love for the women, and their passion for
music. Featuring the legendary Louis Armstrong as Wild Man Moore, the
film’s score by the incomparable Jazz musician Duke Ellington was Oscar®
nominated in 1962.
Special features:
• Original trailer
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film
• Other extras TBC

PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA – due 24th October 2016
5-DISC BLU-RAY SET – £69.99
5-DISC DVD SET – £49.99
’This very special collection illuminates one of the most fascinating and
unjustly neglected corners of American movie history’ Martin Scorsese
Explore the landmarks of early African-American film with this extensive
collection of features and shorts.
One of the most fascinating chapters of film history, the so-called ‘race
films’ of 1920s, 30s and 40s America rallied against the prejudiced
conventions of the time. Starring, written, produced and directed by
African-Americans, these pioneering films refined an innovative style
that set them apart from the Hollywood establishment.
Showcasing the works of influential filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux,
Spencer Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, and James and Eloyce Gist, the
Pioneers of African-American Cinema is a newly restored collection of
rare and nearly-forgotten films that celebrates the enduring influence of
these overlooked visionaries.

THE GLASS SHIELD (15) 1994 BURNETT, CHARLES £19.99 – due 24th October 2016

The first black recruit in his squad, rookie cop J J Johnson (Michael
Boatman) struggles to adapt to life on the force when confronted
by the inherent prejudices and corruption of his precinct.
Immediately positioned as an outsider, along with fellow novice cop
Deborah (Lori Petty), J J witnesses first-hand the brutality and
implicit racism of his Caucasian colleagues. When an unlawful
search results in the arrest of Teddy Woods, (Ice Cube) on dubious
murder charges, J J risks his job and his life to reveal the truth.
Directed by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother’s
Wedding), this thrilling drama shines a light on the deep-rooted
racial tensions of the American justice system and the toll of
opposing institutionalised bigotry.

Special features:
• Fully illustrated booklet
• TBC

THE CRYING GAME (18) 1992 JORDAN, NIEL £19.99
Dual Format Edition – due 24thOctober 2016

The Troubles provide the backdrop for a study of sexual intrigue in this
landmark British drama from director Neil Jordan (Michael Collins,
Interview with the Vampire) and producer Stephen Woolley (Carol).
When British soldier Jody (Forest Whitaker) is kidnapped by the IRA, he
strikes up an unlikely friendship with his captor, Fergus (Stephen Rea).
When the abduction goes awry, Fergus leaves for London where he
becomes embroiled in a curious love triangle with Dil (Jaye Davidson),
Jody’s beautiful girlfriend.
Full of suspense, mystery and intrigue, this Academy Award-winning
thriller challenged mainstream sexual sterotypes and remains a powerful
and poignant exploration of gender and identity.

Special features:
• The Making of the Crying Game
• Audio commentary with writer and director Neil Jordon
• Alternative ending with commentary by Neil Jordon
• Illustrated booklet with new essay by film critic Ashley Clark and full
credits

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

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

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