Some BFI releases for April 2017

Intended to be shown to the German people in 1946 damn the Nazi regime and shame the German people in to acceptance of Allied occupation, a complete rough-cut of this disturbing documentary revealing the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps was viewed at the Ministry of Information in London and in the end never shown.

In September 1945 Sidney Bernstein led a small team –which included Stewart McAllister, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock–to complete the film from hours of footage and to create a feature-length visual report on the Nazi atrocities. However the project was left unfinished and shelved.

Even in its incomplete form, the film was immensely powerful, generating an awed hush among audiences. But now, complete to six reels, this faithfully restored and definitive version produced by the Imperial War Museums and with a newly recorded narration by actor Jaspar Britton, has been rightfully compared with Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog (1955).

•Format: 2 x DVD9 + 1 X BD50
•Production: UK | 1945/2014 | black and white | 72 mins (+ extras) | Subtitles: English hard-of-hearing, German, Hebrew, French, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Italian, Czech and Dutch | Cert 18
•DISC 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)
•DISC 2 and Disc 3: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital stereo audio (192kbps)

Special features:
•New restoration by IWM (Imperial War Museums)
•Presented with both an optional contextualising intro and outro
•Panel Discussion at the BFI Southbank (2015, 42 mins): restoration director Dr Toby Haggith(IWM) is joined on-stage by a panel of experts to discuss the film
•Audio Commentary with Dr Toby Haggithand senior curator Patrick Russell (BFI)
•VoxPops Compilation(2015, 6 mins): cinema-goers reflect after a screening at the BFI Southbank
•Interview with Ludwig Weill at Fort Breendonk(1945, 5 mins): archival interview with a freed prisoner
•Interviews and Statements at Bergen-Belsen(1945, 17 mins): archival interviews with SS soldiers, freed prisoners and members of the British Army
•Interviews and Statements at Dachau(1945, 12 mins): archival interviews with recently liberated prisoners
•Interview with Petr Zenkl(1945, 12 mins): archival interview with the Czech politician who was imprisoned at Dachau and Buchenwald
•Alternate archival soundtrack
•80-page perfect-bound book with new writing on the film, and full film credits


Set in 1930s Shanghai and staring one of the early stars of Chinese cinema, Lingyu Ruan, who play a ‘goddess’ (a euphemism for a prostitute). Forced to resort to prostitution in order to feed herself and her young son she is shamed by her neighbours.

This profoundly moving but rarely seen classic of world cinema is a tragic tale of shame and maternal sacrifice.
The film 24 year old star Lingyu Ruan committed suicide ay ear after the film’s release.

Newly restored by the Chinese Film Archive
•Production: China | 1934 | black and white | 78 minutes | silent, Mandarin intertitles with English subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | PAL | 25fps | PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit) | region 2

Gripping silent thriller about love, remorse and betrayal set among a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922. The film is based on Liam O’Flaherty’s novel.

•Production: UK | 1929 |black and white and t | 100 minutes | silent with music | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, DTS-HD Master Sound 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit), region free | DVD9: PAL, 25fps, region 0

Special features:

•A new restoration presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•The Sound version of The Informer (1929, 84 mins)
•Restoration Demonstration (2016, 5 mins)
•Shaping the Silence (2017, 10 mins)
•A selection of Topical Budget films from the newly independent Ireland: I Want Peace (1921) | Is it the Dawn? (1921) | Historic Unionist Conference at Liverpool (1921) | Irish Peace Imperilled By Extremists (1921) | Further Pictures if the Irish Peace (1921) | Surrender of Dublin castle (1922) | British Evacuate Ireland after Hundreds of Years of Occupation (1922) | Dublin’s Civil War (1922)
•Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Bryony Dixon, Garth Knox and Michael Brooke

Two Liverpool girls (Alexandra Pigg and Margi Clarke are out for a night on the town when they meed two Russian sailors (Alfred Molina and Peter Firth) on shore leave and love blossoms.

One of the Key 1980s British films set against a backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool and the cold war
Special features:
•Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•An Interview with Margi Clarke (2017, 35 mins)
•An Interview with Alexandra Piggand Peter Firth (2017, 14 mins)
•Audio commentary with Margi Clarke

Key film from the golden age of the 1970s New Hollywood. Alice (Ellen Burstyn), along with her young son leave their home in New Mexico to return as an independent woman to Monterey. However to reach her destination, Alice has to stop off along the way to make enough money for her and Tommy to survive.

•Production: USA | 1974 | colour | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 107 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono | region 2
Special features:

•Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and actors Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson and Diane Ladd
•Second Chances… The Making of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (20 mins)
•Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
•Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays by Nicholas Pillai and Christina Newland.

Who's That Knocking at My DoorWHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? (15) 1967 SCORSESE, MARTIN £19.99
Powerful drama shot in gritty black and white on the streets of the New York among the Italian community. The film stars Harvey Keitel and introduces us to classic Scorsese themes of Catholic guilt, Italian mother and repressed sexuality in the violent streets of New York.
•Production: USA | 1967 | black and white | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 86 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono | region 2

Special features:
•Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and MardikMartin
•From the Classroom to the Streets: The Making of Who’s that Knocking at My Door (13 mins)
•Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and an essay by Christina Newland.

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Peter Greenaway film -EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO – issued on dvd

Eisenstein in GuanajuatoEISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (18) 2015 GREENAWAY, PETER DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Set in Mexico in 1931 during the filming of ‘Que Viva Mexico!, the drama looks at Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein relationship with young actor Jorge Palomino y Cañedo.

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Lost British film – SYMPTOMS – issued as dual format dvd and Blu Ray edition

SymptomsSYMPTOMS (18) UK 1974 LARRAZ, JOSÉ RAMÓN £19.99
Sophisticated modern gothic horror was the official 1974 British Palme d’Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, but it slipped into obscurity soon after. Long considered lost, the original negatives were rediscovered by the BFI in 2014, and have now been remastered to 2K for this world-premiere release.

Dual format dvd and Blu Ray edition.

Special features:

•World premiere edition

•Newly remastered in 2K and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition

•From Barcelona… to Tunbridge Wells: The Films of José Larraz(Andrew Starke and Pete Tombs, 1999, 24 mins)

•On Vampyresand Other Symptoms (Celia Novis, 2011, 74 mins)

•An interview with Angela Pleasence(2016, 10 mins)

•An interview with Lorna Heilbron(2016, 18 mins)

•An interview with Brian Smedley-Aston (2016, 17 mins)

•Original theatrical trailer

•Illustrated booklet with essays and film credits

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48kHz/24-bits) | Region free

Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 1.0 audio (192kbps) | Region 0
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ITV 60 – 12 disc dvd collection

ITV 60ITV 60 (15) 2015 12 DISCS £79.99
A mixture of both classics and rarities (including some programmes thought lost forever), this set contains previously unreleased episodes of Crossroads, Rainbow, Tiswas, Coronation Street, World in Action, The Bill and Whicker’s World – together with some exceptionally rare items from the Associated Rediffusion archive: No Hiding Place, Mystery Bag, Crane and Our Man at St. Mark’s.


ITV Opening Night Preview | Thunderbirds: Trapped in the Sky | The Army Game: April Fool | Man About the House: While the Cat’s Away | Robin of Sherwood: The Greatest Enemy | The Prisoner: Checkmate


Pathfinders in Space: Convoy to the Moon | The Larkins: Frightful Nightful | Sunday Night at the London Palladium: 28/11/1965 | The World at War: It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow | Callan: Let’s Kill Everybody


Catweazle: The Sun in a Bottle | The Arthur Haynes Show: 08/12/1962 | The Avengers: The Winged Avenger | Public Eye: My Life’s My Own | An Audience with Dame Edna


Crossroads: 26/10/1983 | On the Buses: The Strain | The Saint: The Contract | The Tommy Cooper Hour: 21/04/1974 | Auf Wiedershen Pet: The Alien


Rainbow: 26/12/1975 | Pipkins: Cowboys | Doctor in the House: What Seems To Be The Trouble? | The Power Game: The New Boy | 21


Magpie: 26/11/1976 | Shut That Door! | Space 1999: Breakaway | No Hiding Place: A Bird to Watch the Marbles | The Sweeney: Tomorrow Man


Tiswas: 30/08/1975 | Four Feather Falls: Horse Thieves | The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show | Gideon’s Way: The Wall | Tales of the Unexpected: Royal Jelly


The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Coming of Robin Hood | Nearest and Dearest: What Seems to be the Trouble? | Rising Damp: Black Magic | Mystery Bag: Lockhart Finds a Note | Upstairs Downstairs: Miss Forrest | Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia


Ace of Wands: Peacock Pie 1 | Coronation Street: 18/05/1964 | Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased): Could You Recognise the Man Again? | Crane: A Cargo of Cornflour | Soldier Soldier: Stormy Weather


A Fine Romance: Series 2 episode 6 | World in Action: The Chart Busters | The Professionals: Blind Run | Inspector Morse: Driven to Distraction


George and Mildred: Moving On | Jason King: To Russia With… Panache | The Main Chance: The Best Legal System in the World | Justice: A Nice Straight-forward Treason | Strange World of Gurney Slade: Episode 1


Our Man at St Mark’s: The Facts of Life | The Bill: The Short Straw | Man at the Top: I’ll Do the Dirty Work | Whicker’s World Aboard The Orient Express | Armchair Theatre: Afternoon of a Nymph

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MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL – issued in dual format edition by BFI

This adaptation of T S Eliot’s classic verse drama recounting the love-hate relationship between 12th century British monarch Henry ll and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket.

The film is unique in its use of mainly non-professional actors to tell the story of Becket’s temptations before he was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
This rarely-seen film features Eliot’s voice as well as music by the internationally renowned composer Làszló Lajtha.

Also included in this in this specially-curated edition are three of Hoellering’s richly evocative short films.
Special features
•New High Definition transfers of all films

•Original theatrical version (114 mins, black and white)

•Alternative festival cut (136 mins, black and white, Blu-ray exclusive): longer version of Murder in the Cathedral containing alternative and additional sequences

•Alternative and deleted sequences (black and white, DVD only): footage from the longer festival cut of Murder in the Cathedral

•Message from Canterbury (George Hoellering, 1944): documentary short in which the Archbishop Dr. William Temple delivers his sermon

•Shapes and Forms (George Hoellering, 1950): a striking and expressive film in which examples of primitive and modern art are juxtaposed to reveal correspondences

•Glasgow Orpheus Choir (George Hoellering, 1951): charming short made after the announcement of the retirement of the choir’s conductor, Sir Hugh Roberton

•Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Andrew Hoellering and András Szekfü, and full film credits

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Amma Asante’s film – BELLE – get dvd and Blu Ray release

BelleBELLE (12A) 2014 UK ASANTE, AMMA DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £27.99

Period drama inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. Dido is an African woman who is sent to be in England on the estate of . Lord Mansfield, here she quickly realises that her ethnicity is problematic in this upper class society.

Though her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) accepts her friendship immediately and the girls become inseparable, Lord Mansfield and Lady Mansfield (Emily Watson) are tormented by the question of Dido’s social status.
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Joanna Hogg’s EXHIBITION gets UK dvd and Blu Ray release

ExhibitionEXHIBITION (15) 2013 UK HOGG, JOANNA     DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99

D and H (Viv Albertine and Liam Gillick) are two wealthy artists living in their well-maintained modernist house in London. Willingly isolated from their friends and without a family of their own, the pair keep mainly to themselves even at home.

As they seek to sell the house which has been their home for the past 18 years, the thought of moving elsewhere produces great resentment and tension between them which in turn causes the intimacy and communication in their relationship to become almost non-existent.

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Good VibrationsGOOD VIBRATIONS (15) 2012   UK    BARROS D’SA, L/LEYBURN, G   £15.99
Biopic chronicling the life of the Northern Irish music promoter Terri Hooley, who championed the emerging Belfast punk music scene during the 1970s. Eager to shift thoughts away from those of the Troubles, music fanatic Terri (Richard Dormer) opens a record store, ‘Good Vibrations’, in the heart of one of Belfast’s roughest districts. As the shop gains a loyal following, Terri, operating on a shoestring, decides to start a small record label with the aim of launching some of the local bands he’s discovered, notably The Undertones.

In it strictly for the music, Terri’s naivety in business soon causes conflict, particularly at home, but the impassioned support for the Undertones first single, ‘Teenage Kicks’, by Radio 1 DJ John Peel, soon helps to justify Terri’s overarching vision for an alternative Ulster.

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British comedy in which a high-flying businessman is brought down to earth by the financial crisis and forced to re-open a fish and chip shop with his estranged brother. Having climbed his way to the top, Harry Papadopoulos (Stephen Dillane) enjoys his millionaire lifestyle. However, while on the brink of completing a huge property deal that will enrich him even further, the markets are thrown into turmoil and the banks withdraw funds from the project.

Harry loses everything overnight save the humble fish and chip shop he ran with his brother Spiros (Georges Corraface) before he made it big. Harry hasn’t seen his brother for years but finds himself with little choice other than to reconnect with his less sophisticated sibling and to renew their heated rivalry with Hassan (George Savvides), the owner of the local Turkish kebab shop.

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Collection of four British films produced by Ealing Studios. In ‘The House of the Spaniard’ (1936), a meek clerk finds out that his employer, a Spanish revolutionary, is engaged in illegal activity and is subsequently kidnapped and taken to Spain during the Civil War. In ‘The Shiralee’ (1957), an Australian man takes his child from her unfit mother.

As father and daughter travel around the Outback together their relationship grows ever stronger. In ‘The Ware Case’ (1938), a financier is acquitted of murder only to discover that his troubles are far from over. In ‘The Beloved Vagabond’ (1936), a French architect returns to his home country after learning that the woman he has fallen for is engaged to another.

Having left his job, he sets up an entertainment act with a gypsy woman who he becomes very fond of. When he finds out that his love did not go through with the wedding he must choose between the two women.

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SHELLSHELL (15) 2012 UK    GRAHAM , SCOTT    DVD –  £15.99 BLU RAY –  £19.99
Scott Graham’s directorial debut examines the intense relationship between a father and daughter living a secluded life in the Highlands of Scotland. Ever since her mother walked out on the family when she was a young girl, 17-year-old Shell (Chloe Pirrie) has lived with her epileptic, emotionally-damaged father, Pete (Joseph Mawle), helping to run their remote petrol station-cum-breakdown yard in an area of the Highlands known as the ‘Great Wilderness’. A bright girl, but with underlying issues, Shell’s refusal to acknowledge the advances of locals Hugh and Adam (Michael Smiley and Iain De Caestecker) in favour of her dad’s company, signals potential problems ahead.

Her horizons are unexpectedly widened, however, when a chance meeting with an Edinburgh couple results in her receiving a copy of Carson McCullers’ novel ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’, an exploration of alienation and loneliness in 1930s America.

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This Dual Format Edition completes the BFI’s acclaimed Complete Humphrey Jennings Collection, making available all the films directed by Britain’s greatest filmmaker available on Blu-ray and DVD.

The films of Humphrey Jennings have proved hugely influential over the last 60 years – this can be felt in the works of Lindsay Anderson (If.…) and more recent filmmakers, such as Kevin MacDonald (Touching the Void, Marley). Jennings was also a major influence for Frank Cottrel Boyce and Danny Boyle, whose 2012 Olympics ceremony used Jennings’ book, Pandæmonium as its inspiration.

Volume three includes the following films:

•The True Story of Lili Marlane (1944)
•The Eighty Days(1944)
•Myra Hess (1945)
•A Diary for Timothy (1945)
•A Defeated People (1946)
•The Cumberland Story (1947)
•The Dim Little Island (1949)
•Family Portrait (1950)
Special features
V.1 (1944): a shorter cut of The Eighty Days, made for overseas distribution
The Good Life (1951): The film Jennings was working on at his death

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Other volumes in the series –
Collection of 15 documentary shorts from British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings. The films in this volume are  (1934), Locomotives (1934), The Story of the Wheel (1934), Farwell Topsails (1937), Penny Journey (1938), Speaking from America (1938), The Farm (1938), Making Fashion (1938), Spare Time (1939), SS Ionian (1939), The First Days (1939), Spring Offensive (1940), Welfare of the Workers (1940)
London Can Take it! (1940)

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This, the second of three volumes which collect together Jennings’ entire output, gathers five films from 1941-1943 and shows Jennings at the peak of his tragically short but outstanding career. The film are  The Heart of Britain (1941), Words for Battle (1941), Listen to Britain (1941), Fires Were Started (1943) & The Silent Village (1943)
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Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 4EALING RARITIES COLLECTION: VOLUME FOUR (U) £14.99
Fourth collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. ‘Secret of the Loch’ (1934) stars Seymour Hicks as an elderly professor who sets out in search of the Loch Ness Monster. What will he discover? ‘Birds of Prey’ (1930) follows a pair of criminals who set out to exact revenge on the police commissioner who sent them to prison.

Robert Loraine, Warwick Ward and Frank Lawton star. ‘Davy’ (1957) tracks the dilemma faced by the eponymous character (Harry Secombe) as to whether he should continue touring with his family music hall act, the Mad Morgans, or set out alone. Finally, ‘The Loves of Joanna Godden’ (1947) follows a young woman who determines to make her own way in life.

By choosing to run the farm she has inherited and declining wealthy suitors, Joanna (Googie Withers) upsets many in the local community, but will she find happiness?

Double bill of 1950s British crime thrillers produced by Corsair Pictures. In ‘The Harassed Hero’ (1954), based on the novel by Ernest Dudley, Murray Selwyn (Guy Middleton) is suffering from a nervous disorder and has been advised by his physicians to avoid stressful situations. Unluckily for him, however, he inadvertantly becomes involved in a crime plot when he comes into the possession of some valuable equipment that a gang of counterfeiters are eager to get hold of.

In ‘The Night Won’t Talk’ (1952), a model is strangled to death and with her ex-husband, her new lover and an artist all suspects in the case, the police enlist the help of a renowned sculptress in a plan to catch the killer.

Double bill of 1950s British crime thrillers produced by Corsair Pictures. In ‘Meet Mr Malcolm’ (1954), mystery writer Colin Knowles (Richard Gale) attempts to solve a real-life murder when his wife’s employer is found dead. With the arrival of some disturbing letters, it looks as though the killer is about to strike again…

In ‘I’m a Stranger’ (1952), George Westcott (Patric Doonan) travels to London to collect a large inheritance but his grandfather’s will has disappeared. He gets assistance from film star Greta Gynt (playing herself), Police Inspector Craddock (Hector Ross) and window cleaner Horatio Flowerdew (James Hayter) as he deals with members of the family who have been cut out of the will. But it appears that George is not all he seems…

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BFI issues on dvd Children’s Film Foundation films by Alberto Cavalcanti, Powell and Pressburger and Jan Darnley-Smith

Features – The Monster of Highgate Ponds, The Boy Who Turned Yellow and A Hitch in Time

For over 30 years the Children’s Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Newly transferred from the best available elements held in the BFI National Archive, these much-loved and fondly remembered films finally return to the screen after many years out of distribution in this specially curated DVD release from the BFI.

In The Monster of Highgate Ponds young David promises to guard a mysterious egg which his uncle brings back from Malaysia. But, when a baby monster hatches, mayhem ensues as David struggles to keep the unruly, but friendly, creature from falling into the clutches of two ruthless crooks. This enchanting tale features brilliant animated sequences by the legendary Halas and Batchelor, who also produced the film, and was directed by the celebrated Ealing director Alberto Cavalcanti (Went the Day Well?)

The Boy Who Turned Yellow is the splendidly eccentric final collaboration from the eminent filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. London schoolboy John Saunders turns a bright yellow after losing his pet mouse on a school, trip. Is the mysterious colour change the result of an alien invasion or does the answer lie closer to home?

In A Hitch in Time Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who) plays time-hopping inventor Professor Adam Wagstaff. Discovered working on his time machine by two curious kids, Wagstaff decides to send them back through the ages. But, with malfunctions aplenty, will they be able to make it back? Featuring Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as ‘Sniffy’ Kemp, the teacher out to spoil everybody’s fun, A Hitch in Time is a riotous re-telling of history.

•Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti | Powell and Pressburger | Jan Darnley-Smith

Special features
•Brand new High Definiton transfers of all films
•Fully illustrated booklet with writing by Michael Powell, Lem Kitaj, Vivien Halas and Vic
•Format: Region 0 DVD Production: UK | 1961 + 1972 + 1978 | Black & white, and colour |English language | 56 + 52 + 54 mins | DVD9 | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) | ratios 1.37:1 + 1.55:1 (16×9 anamorphic)

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Triple bill of British movies produced by the Children’s Film Foundation.

‘The Salvage Gang’ (1958) four friends break a saw when making a rabbit cage and try to earn enough money to buy a new one.

‘Night Ferry’ (1966) a young boy attempts to stop an invaluable Egyptian relic from being smuggled out of the country.

‘Operation Third Form’ (1976) a schoolboy is accused of stealing and as his friends try to clear his name they make an interesting discovery…

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‘Sammy’s Super T-Shirt’ (1978), despite his small build, Sammy Smith (Reggie Winch) dreams of being a top athlete. While in training for a running competition, a couple of bullies hurl Sammy’s lucky t-shirt through a science lab window where an accident results in it gaining super strength.

Sammy retrieves the t-shirt and tries to use it to win the race but things don’t go according to plan.

‘Soapbox Derby’ (1957), set in London, a teenaged Michael Crawford makes his movie debut. The Battersea Bats and the Victoria Victors, two rival gangs of children, are getting ready for an upcoming soapbox derby.

When the Victors learn of a new car design created by the Bats they try to get their hands on it before the big race.

‘The Sky Bike’ (1967) a bumbling inventor hopes to win a contest with his new creation – a flying bicycle. With the help of his young friend can he win the prize?

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A collection of British feature films and documentaries – NEW BRITISH CINEMA QUARTERLY ANNUAL – released on dvd

New British Cinema Quarterly Annual Issue 3NEW BRITISH CINEMA QUARTERLY ANNUAL: ISSUE 3 (15) 2012  
A collection of British feature films and documentaries. The coming-of-age drama ‘Strawberry Fields’ (2012), traces the changing relationship between two sisters over the course of a long English summer. Anna Madeley stars as Gillian, a Kentish girl who gets a casual summer job as a strawberry picker.

As she bonds with her co-workers, especially bad boy Kev (Emun Elliott), she begins to find freedom and discover new sides to herself – until her domineering older sister, Emily (Christine Bottomley), shows up at the fields and pushes her way into the group.

‘The Joy of Six’ (2012) is a collection of six award-winning British short films, comprising: ‘Long Distance Information’ (2011); ‘Man in Fear’ (2011); ‘A Gun for George’ (2011); ‘The Ellington Kid’ (2012); ‘Scrubber’ (2012); and ‘Friend Request Pending’ (2011).

The documentary ‘Patience (After Sebald)’ (2012), traces the life and work of the late author W.G. Sebald.  Though born and raised in Germany, Sebald relocated to Britain in the 1970s to work at the University of East Anglia and a number of his books display the influence British life and the English countryside had upon him. The documentary draws on one of Sebald’s most celebrated works, ‘The Rings of Saturn’, in which he describes at length a journey along the East Anglian coast, the people he meets and the memories it provokes.

Finally, ‘The Gospel of Us’ (2012), is a feature-length film version of the Easter Passion play written by Owen Sheers and starring Michael Sheen. Also included is a documentary giving a behind-the scenes look at the Welsh National Theatre’s production of the play, performed in the streets of Port Talbot over Easter 2011.

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New British Cinema Quarterly Annual2NEW BRITISH CINEMA QUARTERLY ANNUAL: ISSUE 2 (15) 2012 £24.99

A four-volume collection of British feature films. In ‘Treacle Jr.’ (2011), after leaving his wife and child, 40-year-old Tom (Tom Fisher) ends up living on the streets. He is attacked by a gang and while in hospital meets Aidan (Aidan Gillen).

Finding Aidan to be completely different from himself, Tom is initially reluctant to be in his company. As time passes, however, Tom learns that Aidan is dealing with problems of his own. In the psychological thriller ‘Island’ (2011), after years of neglect and abuse in the care system, surviving by absorbing herself in fairy-stories, 29-year-old Londoner Nikki Black (Natalie Press) tracks down her reclusive birth-mother, Phyllis (Janet McTeer), to a remote Hebridean island.

Intent on confronting and killing her mother for the life she has had to suffer, Nikki soon starts to feel conflicted when she discovers she has a half-brother, Calum (Colin Morgan), and that he shares her passion for story-telling. In the romantic comedy ‘Honeymooner’ (2010), Gerard Kearns stars as Fran, a 29-year-old Londoner who gets dumped by his fiancee just four weeks before the wedding. Meanwhile, Fran’s two best friends, Ben (Chris Coghill) and Jon (Al Weaver), are experiencing the reverse of Fran’s predicament: their girlfriends are madly in love with them, but the guys appear lukewarm and are constantly on the lookout for other lovers.

Finally, in ‘Junkhearts’ (2011), lonely fifty-something alcoholic Frank (Eddie Marsan) has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since returning shattered from his service in Northern Ireland. When he meets homeless teen Lynette (Candese Reid), she quickly fills the void left by Frank’s long-estranged daughter, and Frank begins to sober up as his life takes on new purpose and meaning. But Lynette is not all she seems: she has been recruited by her charismatic drug dealer boyfriend Danny (Tom Sturridge) to set up a new drugs den, and has identified Frank as a soft target.

Romola Garai co-stars.

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Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 1EALING RARITIES COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE (U)         £14.99
A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three-decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home-video format – with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release.

The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance. Featuring new transfers from the best available elements, in their correct aspect ratio, this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean’s and Michael Balcon’s tenure as studio head, making them available once more to the general public.

ESCAPE! (1930)
A study of punitive justice: the fate of a man who has been shut up in Dartmoor Prison and socially ruined. What treatment awaits him when he turns fugitive?
Black and White / 68 mins / 1.19:1 / Mono / English

An African tribe must seek new pastures. Can game warden Bob Payton persuade them to choose fertile soil and peaceful living over the many temptations of the city?
Colour / 92 mins /1.33:1 / Mono / English

Liverpool tugboat captain Joe spends a weekly sixpence on the pools. When his first mate forgets to post the coupon as a winning line is drawn, comic chaos is the result!
Black and White / 69 mins /1.33:1 / Mono / English

CHEER UP! (1936)
Countless comic situations and spectacular dance routines punctuate a tale of two struggling composers trying to gain backing for their musical comedy.
Black and White / 68 mins /1.33:1 / Mono / English

Original Theatrical Trailer for West of Zanzibar
image gallery
West of Zanzibar promotional material PDF

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Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 2EALING RARITIES COLLECTION: VOLUME TWO (U)         £14.99
A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format – with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release.

The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance – featuring new transfers from the best available elements, in their correct aspect ratio, this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean’s and Michael Balcon’s tenure as studio head, making them available once more to the general public.

In the 1790s, a group of young midshipmen set sail for the first time – little realising they are embarking on an adventure that will see them battling pirates and smugglers.
Black and White / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

A remarkable story of love lost and found, as a young couple are separated by circumstance, and plunged into emotional turmoil by a reunion…
Black and White / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

John Mills and Will Hay star in a wartime propaganda docu-drama showing the effects of the Allied blockade of Nazi Germany.
Black and White / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

Two vital clues reveal the lynchpin of a plot to destroy the British Empire: Sir Hamar Ryman, M.P., advocate of appeasement, and traitor…
Black and White / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

Ken Loach films out on dvd next week


FATHERLAND  (15) 1986 UK        LOACH, KEN      £15.99

‘Fatherland’ offers an intriguing blend of political realism (scripted by Trevor Griffiths), psychological thriller and self-reflexivity about Loach’s own art and the degree to which it is possible to make effective political statements within popular culture.

The film follows the forced defection to West Berlin of a famous protest singer-songwriter (loosely based on the German singer Wolf Biermann.) after he comes into  conflict with the East German authorities. What he finds in the West is another kind of censorship imposed by those American record executives who control the music market and shape popular culture.

Looks and Smiles
LOOKS AND SMILES (15) 1991 UK        LOACH, KEN        £15.99
Based on the novel by Barry Hines, and set during Margaret Thatcher’s rule of Britain, the film follows Mick (Graham Green), a young man living in Sheffield who is struggling to find work and direction in life. His friend Alan (Tony Pitts) is also in the same position.

He sees joining the army as his only job opportunity but is sent to serve in the conflict in Northern Ireland and the experience leaves him much changed. Meanwhile, Mick gets to know Karen (Carolyn Nicholson), a shop girl with problems of her own. Can she help Mick navigate his way in life?

My Name Is JoeMY NAME IS JOE (15) 1998  UK        LOACH, KEN        £15.99
Another hard-hitting drama from Ken Loach. Recovering alcoholic Joe Kavanagh (Peter Mullan) is out of work, but spends his time coaching the local football team. When he goes to pick up team member Liam (David McKay), he meets social worker Sarah Downie (Louise Goodall).

Although they clash at first, the pair are soon involved in a relationship. Joe learns from Sarah that Liam and his wife, Sabine (Annemarie Kennedy), owe money to local gangster McGowan (David Hayman). In an attempt to help Liam pay off his debt, Joe agrees to do three drugs runs for McGowan.

However, his relationship with Sarah suffers when she finds out what he has done.

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