Euro Cult Movie Forum => British Films => Topic started by: Jonny on 27 Mar 2008 - 12:38

Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 27 Mar 2008 - 12:38
Excellent British film based on the true exploits of Donald Neilson aka The Black Panther who became Britain's Public Enemy #1 in the mid 70's due to a string of bungled Post Office robberies where he shot pretty much everyone he ran into. After failing so badly at holding up Post Offices he then kidnapped a 16 year old girl who had just inherited a load of money...

Why the hell hasn't this had a DVD release? Featuring a script by 'Mark Of The Devil' director Michael Armstrong this is quality 70's British crime film and is very well acted and made

I've only ever seen this via the old Intervision pre-cert. Also quite fascinating for me as most of Neilson's Post Office raids were carried out in the area where I live and I remember quite vividly the newspaper headlines in the local press at the time.

(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/3139/blackpantherpw6.jpg)

(http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/3586/blackpanther2as3.jpg)

(http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/2724/blackpanther3oj0.jpg)
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 27 Mar 2008 - 12:47
I've got the UK pre-cert on Intervision. I'll have to dig it out and scan the cover. I got it signed by Armstrong too.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: grantwal on 13 Apr 2008 - 15:47
I'd certainly be up for buying this one on dvd.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 27 Feb 2009 - 17:04
I watched this today: thought it was really good and a cut above a lot of other British crime films from the time. It’s very gritty, with an almost docudrama kind of feel.

Here’s the Pre-cert cover, by the way:

(http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/3743/blackpanther.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


CAUTION: Here be spoilers!


What struck me as very strange is that most of those that Neilson tried to rob fought back, resulting in him shooting them. I thought that this was really bizarre. Different era, I guess, but there are many people in this day and age that would run the risk of a sawn-off shot gun shell to the cranium for money that’s insured.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Mr White on 08 Apr 2009 - 08:28
Is there any chance  i could get a dvdr of somebodys Intervision tape? :D
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Apr 2009 - 08:29
Is there any chance  i could get a dvdr of somebodys Intervision tape? :D

Yep, doing it now for you.  :'(
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Diabolik on 08 Apr 2009 - 20:06
Danish ex-rental:
(http://www.diabolik.dk/llol/blackpanther.jpg)
/D
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Apr 2009 - 20:08
Danish ex-rental:
([url]http://www.diabolik.dk/llol/blackpanther.jpg[/url])
/D


Nice! What's the print like D? Full frame or letterboxed?
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Mr White on 08 Apr 2009 - 22:40
Is there any chance  i could get a dvdr of somebodys Intervision tape? :D

Yep, doing it now for you.  :'(

cheers mate! If i was a raging mincer i`d give ya a kiss. But i`m not, so have something manly instead. Pork scratchings! Yeah have a Mr Porky`s
 :P
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Mr White on 07 Jun 2009 - 19:12
 :D

(http://g.imagehost.org/t/0285/black_panther_gbv.jpg) (http://g.imagehost.org/download/0285/black_panther_gbv)
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 07 Jun 2009 - 19:18
:D

([url]http://g.imagehost.org/t/0285/black_panther_gbv.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://g.imagehost.org/download/0285/black_panther_gbv[/url])


Cheers  :P
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 07 Jun 2009 - 19:20
:D

([url]http://g.imagehost.org/t/0285/black_panther_gbv.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://g.imagehost.org/download/0285/black_panther_gbv[/url])


Very nice. GBV  :P
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Mr White on 07 Jun 2009 - 20:13
GBV? Me?  noooooo



My sons ;D
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 22 Feb 2012 - 11:59
Blu-ray and DVD from BFI up for pre-order...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Panther-DVD-Blu-ray/dp/B007A0QTQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1329915458&sr=1-2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Panther-DVD-Blu-ray/dp/B007A0QTQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1329915458&sr=1-2)

 :P ;)
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: the blob on 22 Feb 2012 - 12:28
Never seen it but always wanted to so I'll be grabbing that sometime. I have vague recollections of it all going on when I was a kid.

I'll never trust anyone named Neilson, Nilsen or any other variation of the name.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Ben Cobb on 22 Feb 2012 - 13:02
Blu-ray and DVD from BFI up for pre-order...

[url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Panther-DVD-Blu-ray/dp/B007A0QTQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1329915458&sr=1-2[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Panther-DVD-Blu-ray/dp/B007A0QTQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1329915458&sr=1-2[/url])

 :P ;)


Great news!
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 22 Feb 2012 - 15:09
Blu-ray and DVD from BFI up for pre-order...

[url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Panther-DVD-Blu-ray/dp/B007A0QTQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1329915458&sr=1-2[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Panther-DVD-Blu-ray/dp/B007A0QTQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1329915458&sr=1-2[/url])

 :P ;)
Cool, never seen this.
Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 22 Feb 2012 - 16:45
It's very good.
Title: Re: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 22 Feb 2012 - 17:24
It's very good.

Yeah, it's a cracker. I think you'll like it Aarron.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: gnorthcott on 22 Feb 2012 - 18:49
Im guessing this will be under the flipside brand.The BFI are doing an incredible job with their releases at the minute
Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 22 Feb 2012 - 19:31
I think it's likely to be a Flipside title too.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 22 Feb 2012 - 20:26
I'm so excited about this release, it's probably THE best news as regards a British film release on home video I've had in recent memory.
Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 22 Feb 2012 - 20:59
I never thought it would happen.
Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: demented_uk on 22 Feb 2012 - 21:54
Cannot wait for this. There are so many documentaries out there on Nielsen, hope they will include one or two as extra features.  It would be cool if they use the UK VHS cover art for the DVD cover.

DEADLY STRANGERS next please BFI.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 12 Mar 2012 - 14:57
Here's the cover  ::)

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/71M8OiIfT8L.jpg)
Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 12 Mar 2012 - 20:00
Cool. Typical Flipside cover but well in the spirit of the film. I like it.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: gnorthcott on 12 Mar 2012 - 20:12
You guys may want to head over to the flipside's facebook page,about a week ago they asked for suggestions from people of what they would like to see get a release,i mentioned the usual suspects,'corruption' and ' night after night after night',so if you want to see a certain title head over and show some interest
Title: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 12 Mar 2012 - 21:05
That's handy to know.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: TheCaptain on 13 Mar 2012 - 09:29
CORRUPTION is coming out via Arrow - I've already seen Rick Melton's artwork for it.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: gnorthcott on 13 Mar 2012 - 21:38
So thats the blu ray that marc m was teasing us with
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 14 Mar 2012 - 15:35
Nope, a US company has it.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 14 Mar 2012 - 15:58
Nope, a US company has it too.
Good.  ::)
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Mark GW on 23 Mar 2012 - 12:37
DEADLY STRANGERS next please BFI.

Is there any major reason, rights etc., why a release for DEADLY STRANGERS would be unlikely.  There was a Spanish DVD (no English options) of this released a few years ago.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 23 Mar 2012 - 12:57
I've no idea who owns the rights sadly.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 26 Apr 2012 - 13:04
"Give me keys to safe!"

The Black Panther (1977) - trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsMUH_6ZCZk#ws)
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: gnorthcott on 26 Apr 2012 - 21:47
That trailer kicks ass.awesome,really cant wait for this and 'nightbirds',BFI are also releasing the whole bbc ghost story for christmas productions
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Apr 2012 - 21:49
bbc ghost story for christmas productions
Looking forward to that one. There was a really expensive Australian set a while back.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: gnorthcott on 27 Apr 2012 - 20:51
Tell me about it,i couldnt decide whether to buy the australian set or not,finally ordered it and two days later the bfi announced they were releasing them.I got mine for £45 delivered which is pretty cheap compared to other sellers prices
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Mark GW on 06 Jun 2012 - 12:51
Got my BFI discs at the end of last week.  Considering it's age and the budget of the film, they've done a really good job with this.  Cracking film too if you're into grim 70s nostalgia.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Vizzini on 08 Jun 2016 - 19:50
The Italian DVD (http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B01E84K8U0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=3370&creative=24114&creativeASIN=B01E84K8U0&linkCode=as2&tag=penvid-21) features an exclusive interview with producer/director Ian Merrick.
! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jykQQs5Owg#)
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Farmer_J on 09 Jun 2016 - 08:32
I need to see this. I read about The real Black Panther years ago, but never got the Flipside release.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 09 Jun 2016 - 20:14
I need to see this. I read about The real Black Panther years ago, but never got the Flipside release.
It's really good, hadn't seen it myself till this edition came out.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Farmer_J on 09 Jun 2016 - 22:37
Just bought it. Looking forward to finally watching this.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Russell22 on 15 Jun 2016 - 15:04
watched this the other night funnily enough. Had it on my Amazon wishlist since it came out I think. Only just got around to picking it up. Nice little film.
Title: Re: The Black Panther (Ian Merrick, 1977)
Post by: Farmer_J on 15 Jun 2016 - 16:49
My copy arrived today. Fantastic film, and Sumpter was frightening as Neilson. The robbery scenes were fast and brutal, especially with the woman who has her face smashed in.