For their Flipside series Iíve noticed BFI usually includes other short films dealing with the same subject matter or directed by or starring those involved in the main feature. This time around we actually get some more analytical offerings for the film in question. (This review refers to the 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD edition of the film. BFI has also released a limited run 3-disc special edition with an extra DVD that contains more interviews with the filmís stars.)
The big feature would have to be the 78-minute making-of titled Starting Out: The Making of Jerzy Skolimovskiís Deep End, the phrase Starting Out being the original title to the film. Itís a pretty standard, by-the-numbers documentary featuring interviews with director Jerzy Skolimowski, editor Barrie Vince, DP Charly Steinberger, production designer, and actors Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown and Christopher Sandford (who apparently decided to go fishing for his interview.) It covers the inspiration, the writing process, the casting, and then filming in Munich. Midway through we get into some heavy technical details with Steinberger and others about the filming, specifically the more complicated handheld shots, before moving on to the filmís music, ending, and eventual release. Nothing is really surprising about the doc unfortunately but itís still rather engaging and admirers of the film will still more than likely find it interesting.
Deep End: The Deleted Scenes is a 13-minute featurette about scenes excised from the film and we unfortunately donít get to actually see them because theyíre in awful condition. Instead those interviewed in the previous documentary talk about the scenes, giving detailed descriptions on how they played out. A couple sound pretty good, though they were cut simply because they didnít add much and instead distracted (one scene apparently got such big laughs that people missed an important sequence afterwards which led to it being cut.) An alternate ending is also mentioned briefly. There are photos of sections from the script pertaining to these scenes and thereís also production photos from one of the scenes. Itís disappointing that we donít get to see the sequences themselves but the featurette still manages to give an idea as to what was cut.
Following this is a 4-and-a-half minute theatrical trailer and then a short film starring Jane Asher called Careless Love. The 10-minute short is very dark, about a woman who goes to extremes once she fears she could lose her lover because of her children, which he refers to as a ďready-made familyĒ, from a previous marriage. I wonít give anything away but it will probably be obvious to many where the film is heading. Itís also presented in 1080p/24hz but is in really rough condition.
BFI then includes another one of their fantastic booklets, which starts with an excellent essay about the film by David Thompson, who focuses more on the filmís release and years in obscurity. Yvonne Tasker adds a piece about the film and its time periodís view on gender roles. William Fowler then offers a short one page piece on the filmís soundtrack which is followed by a biography on Skolimowski. The booklet then concludes with a piece about Careless Love. As usual with BFIís booklets itís a great read.
A decent collection of material, adequately covering the making of the film if nothing else. 7/10