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BFI / BFI Flipside
« on: 07 Apr 2009 - 13:43 »

Press release...

Discover The Flipside
A new DVD and Blu-ray strand from the BFI


On 25 May the BFI launches Flipside, a new strand presenting weird and wonderful British films in new high-quality editions on DVD and Blu-ray. The first three releases are Richard Lester’s darkly comic The Bed Sitting Room (1969) and Arnold Louis Miller’s pioneering Mondo-influenced ‘shockumentaries’ London in the Raw (1964) and Primitive London (1965).

Developed from its popular monthly screening slot at BFI Southbank, the BFI’s Flipside series on DVD and Blu-ray is designed to revisit and reappraise British films that have slipped through the cracks of cinema history – films that were overlooked, marginalised, or undervalued at the original time of release, or sit outside the established canon of recognised classics. Subject matter will vary widely (and will encompass everything from nuclear war to Soho striptease, from forbidden love to international intrigue) and is likely to appeal to a diverse range of film fans, many of whom may be unfamiliar with the BFI’s more traditional DVD and Blu-ray output.

All Flipside releases, newly-mastered in HD from original film elements, are presented with a wide array of special features and extensive illustrated booklets containing informative notes and thought-provoking essays. Initial contributors include respected writers Stewart Home and Iain Sinclair. They are priced at £17.99 on DVD and £22.99 on Blu-ray.

Three new Flipside titles will appear approximately every three months. Future releases include long-unavailable British cult titles such as Peter Watkins’ Privilege (1967), Clive Donner's Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967) and Gerry O’Hara’s That Kind of Girl (1963). Details of the titles to be released on the 25 May are as follows:
 
The Bed Sitting Room (Richard Lester, 1969)
UK / colour / Cert tbc / 91 mins + 90 mins extra material / ratio 1.85:1 / optional subtitles for hearing-impaired / DVD cat no:  BFIVD834 / BD cat no: BFIB1019



In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a ‘nuclear misunderstanding’ (which lasted two minutes and twenty eight seconds, including the signing of the peace treaty) is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed sitting room…

This vividly imagined, darkly satirical filmic vision of a post apocalyptic England,  directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, How I Won the War, The Knack), is based on the highly-regarded play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus.  It also boasts great performances by the cream of ‘60s British comedy and acting talent: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Dandy Nichols and Marty Feldman.

Sam Dunn, Head of BFI Video Publishing, comments: ‘Lots of people talk about “lost classics”, but The Bed Sitting Room is a film that truly deserves that description. It beggars belief that such a startling piece of British cinema could have remained hidden away for so long.’

Special features
Archival interviews with Richard Lester (1967, 17 mins), Spike Milligan (1967, 40 mins) and Peter Cook (1967, 30 mins)
Original trailer
Illustrated booklet with essay by Michael Brooke (BFI Sight and Sound contributor) and original review and promotional material.

London in the Raw (Arnold Louis Miller, 1964)
UK / colour / Cert tbc / 76 min and 47 min versions + 80 mins extra material / ratio 1.33:1 / optional subtitles for hearing-impaired / DVD cat no: BFIVD840 / BD cat no: BFIB1021



‘The world's greatest city laid bare! Thrill to its gay excitement, its bright lights, but be shocked by the sin in its shadows!’
Following on from his Take Off Your Clothes and Live, and influenced by the world-wide success of Italian ‘Mondo’ movies, which combined documentary footage with staged sequences to salacious effect, legendary British low budget movie mogul Arnold Miller concocted this fascinating exploitation-style documentary. Peering voyeuristically behind the grimy net-curtains of London life into seedy bars and clubs for beatnik ‘art lovers’, and burrowing beneath the glittering façade of the capital’s glamorous cocktail lounges and casinos, London in the Raw provides a cynical, sometimes startling vision of life on and off the rain-spattered streets of 1960s London.
Special features
Remastered to HD from the original negative
Three 60s 'London Sketches': Pub (Peter Davis, 1962, 26 mins); Strip (Peter Davis, Staffan Lamm, Don DeFina, 1965, 26 mins); Chelsea Bridge Boys (Peter Davis, Staffan Lamm, 1966, 28 mins)
Original trailer
Original UK and continental versions of the feature
Illustrated booklet with essay by novelist and critic Stewart Home (author of Down and Out in Shoreditch and Hoxton); original review and promotional material

Primitive London (Arnold Louis Miller, 1965)
UK / colour / Cert tbc / 87 mins + 65 mins extra material / ratio 1.33:1 / optional subtitles for hearing-impaired / DVD cat no: BFIVD839 / BD cat no: BFIB1020



The sensational follow-up to London in the Raw, Primitive London sets out to reflect society’s decay through a sideshow spectacle of 1960s London depravity – and manages to out do its predecessor. Here, we confront mods, rockers and beatniks at the Ace Café, cut some rug with obscure beat band The Zephyrs, witness a seedy Jack the Ripper re-enactment, smirk at flabby men in the sauna and goggle at sordid wife-swapping parties as we discover a pre-permissive Britain still trying to move on from the post-war depression of the 1950s.

Special features
Remastered to HD from the original negative
Carousella (John Irvin, 1966, 23 mins): a dramatised documentary on the lives of a group of striptease artistes
Stuart McCabe (strip club owner) interview (1968, 15 mins)
Shirley (stripper) interview (1968, 6 mins)
Al Burnett (nightclub owner) interview (1967, 17 mins)
Original trailer (English and French language options)
English and French language versions
Illustrated booklet with essays by Iain Sinclair, Vic Pratt (BFI Curator) and William Fowler (BFI Curator); original review and promotional material
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Re: Flipside
« Reply #1 on: 07 Apr 2009 - 16:44 »

Here's hoping this will increase the chances of NO BLADE OF GRASS finally making it to disc!

(I'm assuming that film was made with British money and is considered a British film...)
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Re: Flipside
« Reply #2 on: 07 Apr 2009 - 16:47 »

It's entirely possible...
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Re: Flipside
« Reply #3 on: 07 Apr 2009 - 16:52 »

It's entirely possible...

...says a man with insider knowledge?

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Re: BFI / BFI Flipside
« Reply #4 on: 06 May 2012 - 13:01 »

BFI – BBC’s Classic Ghost Stories Available Finally on DVD

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These much-loved tales terrified BBC TV audiences at Christmas throughout the 1970s. Most of the instalments were directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and based on M.R. James’s celebrated supernatural stories.

With only three of the twelve BBC Ghost Stories previously released on DVD (by the BFI in 2002), the films in this brilliant series have been high on many film and TV fans’ ‘most wanted’ DVD lists.

The films are a key influence on recent British ghost and horror films, including The Woman in Black, and have inspired many screenwriters and filmmakers including Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock).

The first two volumes will be released in August 2012 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of M.R. James’s birth. Two more volumes will follow in September, while the fifth and final volume, as well as a complete Ghost Stories for Christmas box set, will follow in October.

Volume One includes two versions of the chilling Whistle And I’ll Come To You: Jonathan Miller’s 1968 adaptation, starring Michael Hordern, and the 2010 re-imagining, starring John Hurt.

Volume Two includes The Stalls of Barchester (1971), starring Robin Hardy, and A Warning to the Curious (1972), starring Peter Vaughan, as well as Christopher Lee’s Ghost Stories for Christmas: The Stalls of Barchester (2000)

http://www.lovelockandload.net/blog/wordpress/?p=328
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Re: BFI / BFI Flipside
« Reply #5 on: 18 Jun 2012 - 14:11 »

Kino Redemption's PERMISSIVE/THAT KIND OF GIRL (DVD-only) at DVD Drive-In.  Both transfers are from the BFI-restored masters that appeared on UK Flipside dual-format editions.

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« Reply #6 on: 28 Oct 2012 - 10:19 »

BFI – BBC’s Classic Ghost Stories Available Finally on DVD

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These much-loved tales terrified BBC TV audiences at Christmas throughout the 1970s. Most of the instalments were directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and based on M.R. James’s celebrated supernatural stories.

With only three of the twelve BBC Ghost Stories previously released on DVD (by the BFI in 2002), the films in this brilliant series have been high on many film and TV fans’ ‘most wanted’ DVD lists.

The films are a key influence on recent British ghost and horror films, including The Woman in Black, and have inspired many screenwriters and filmmakers including Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock).

The first two volumes will be released in August 2012 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of M.R. James’s birth. Two more volumes will follow in September, while the fifth and final volume, as well as a complete Ghost Stories for Christmas box set, will follow in October.

Volume One includes two versions of the chilling Whistle And I’ll Come To You: Jonathan Miller’s 1968 adaptation, starring Michael Hordern, and the 2010 re-imagining, starring John Hurt.

Volume Two includes The Stalls of Barchester (1971), starring Robin Hardy, and A Warning to the Curious (1972), starring Peter Vaughan, as well as Christopher Lee’s Ghost Stories for Christmas: The Stalls of Barchester (2000)

http://www.lovelockandload.net/blog/wordpress/?p=328

The collected boxset gets released tomorrow - currently at £37; I pre-ordered it a couple of months ago when it was just £26.


Order it from Amazon.co.uk at THIS LINK
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« Reply #7 on: 01 Nov 2012 - 15:48 »

BFI – BBC’s Classic Ghost Stories Available Finally on DVD

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These much-loved tales terrified BBC TV audiences at Christmas throughout the 1970s. Most of the instalments were directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and based on M.R. James’s celebrated supernatural stories.

With only three of the twelve BBC Ghost Stories previously released on DVD (by the BFI in 2002), the films in this brilliant series have been high on many film and TV fans’ ‘most wanted’ DVD lists.

The films are a key influence on recent British ghost and horror films, including The Woman in Black, and have inspired many screenwriters and filmmakers including Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock).

The first two volumes will be released in August 2012 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of M.R. James’s birth. Two more volumes will follow in September, while the fifth and final volume, as well as a complete Ghost Stories for Christmas box set, will follow in October.

Volume One includes two versions of the chilling Whistle And I’ll Come To You: Jonathan Miller’s 1968 adaptation, starring Michael Hordern, and the 2010 re-imagining, starring John Hurt.

Volume Two includes The Stalls of Barchester (1971), starring Robin Hardy, and A Warning to the Curious (1972), starring Peter Vaughan, as well as Christopher Lee’s Ghost Stories for Christmas: The Stalls of Barchester (2000)

http://www.lovelockandload.net/blog/wordpress/?p=328

The collected boxset gets released tomorrow - currently at £37; I pre-ordered it a couple of months ago when it was just £26.


Order it from Amazon.co.uk at THIS LINK

The four MR James volumes will also be issued as a separate set in January 2013.

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Re: BFI / BFI Flipside
« Reply #8 on: 01 Nov 2012 - 17:30 »

Anyone know why Flipside has gone quite of late? Have they packed in with the idea?
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« Reply #9 on: 01 Nov 2012 - 18:47 »

I can ask someone I know and get back to you. I'd imagine nothing was announced for that latter quarter of the year because of crowding in the market. I'm sure we'll probably hear something soon regarding their releases for early next year but I'll ask, mate.
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« Reply #10 on: 01 Nov 2012 - 20:03 »

I can ask someone I know and get back to you. I'd imagine nothing was announced for that latter quarter of the year because of crowding in the market. I'm sure we'll probably hear something soon regarding their releases for early next year but I'll ask, mate.

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« Reply #11 on: 02 Nov 2012 - 22:27 »

The next couple releases will be in march 2013 or there abouts, it was all put on hold as they had to concentrate all their efforts on the Tati (who ever the hell that is) titles as they were not able to renew the contracts or something along those lines. But they are alive and kicking and they will be back in the spring time.
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« Reply #12 on: 02 Nov 2012 - 22:39 »

The next couple releases will be in march 2013 or there abouts, it was all put on hold as they had to concentrate all their efforts on the Tati (who ever the hell that is) titles as they were not able to renew the contracts or something along those lines. But they are alive and kicking and they will be back in the spring time.

Jacques Tati, an esteemed French satirical comic filmmaker who I've never been that interested in myself. They just released some BD's by him so I suppose they had to get them out before they lose the rights.
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« Reply #13 on: 03 Nov 2012 - 08:38 »

The next couple releases will be in march 2013 or there abouts, it was all put on hold as they had to concentrate all their efforts on the Tati (who ever the hell that is) titles as they were not able to renew the contracts or something along those lines. But they are alive and kicking and they will be back in the spring time.

Thanks, I'd not asked as I'm waiting for the guy I know there to get back to me about something else.

Seeing that there's now an affiliation with Warner Bros, I'd love to see SITTING TARGET and THE SQUEEZE get the Flipside treatment.
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« Reply #14 on: 01 Apr 2013 - 10:32 »

Two new Flipside discs announced!







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