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Re: BFI (British Film Institute)

#1401 Post by reaky » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:57 am

Supernatural (1977) has also had a 2-disc DVD release from the BFI.

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#1402 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:45 am

Mr. Deltoid wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:21 pm
Stefan Andersson wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:01 pm
What A Disgrace wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:46 am
Short Sharp Shocks contains the following films...

  • Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
    The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
    The Tell-Tale Heart (J B Williams, 1953)
    Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
    Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
    Twenty Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969)
    The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973)
    The Lake (Lindsey C Vickers, 1978)
    The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980)
And these extras, so far.


  • Interview with Peter Shillingford (2020): newly recorded interview with the producer of Twenty Nine
    Interview with David McGillivray (2020): newly recorded interview the writer of The Errand
    Interview with Kate Lees (2020): the chair of Adelphi Films discusses the 2017 discovery of the long thought lost 1953 short The Tell-Tale Heart starring Stanley Baker
    Interview with Renee Glynn (2020): newly recorded interview with the script-supervisor on Twenty Nine
    Image galleries for The Tell-Tale Heart, The Lake and The Errand
    Script galleries for The Lake and The Errand
    The original short story of The Errand, presented as a viewable gallery
    Other extras TBC
    ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt, Dr Josephine Botting, William Fowler, Jonathan Rigby, Peter Shillingford, Lindsey C Vickers and David McGillivray
This sounds very interesting.

Glancing through Jonathan Rigby´s English Gothic, I find quite a few possibilities for a volume 2:
Markheim, Tony Richardson, 1952
Mirror and Markheim w/ Christopher Lee, 1953
Alias John Preston, w/ Christopher Lee
The Man and the Snake, Sture Rydman
The Return, Sture Rydman
Red, Astrid Frank
Panic, James Dearden
Black Angel, Roger Christian
The Bloody Chamber, based on Angela Carter

I´m sure there are other worthy candidates to be found in the pages of Rigby´s wonderful book. I understand that Short Sharp Shocks is intended for shorts originally shown in cinemas, so that rules out TV productions; but if TV films can be included in the future, I would be intrigued to see these:
A Photograph, John Bowen, LWT
BBC´s Late Night Horror
BBC´s Dead of Night series
BBC´s Wessex Tales - The Severed Arm and Barbara of the House of Grebe, written by David Mercer
BC´s Supernatural series
Shades of Darkness, Granada series
The Gourmet, 1984, written by Kazuo Ishiguro

There are probably more good TV films to choose from. I picked the above titles because of intriguing plot premises, actors, writers, the underlying short stories (often by respected authors), or just Rigby´s good opinion of a certain title.

Lindsey C Vickers´ full-length The Appointment, starring Edward Woodward, is padded according to Rigby, but gets a good write-up here:
https://horrornews.net/78169/film-revie ... ment-1981/
Perhaps a candidate for a Flipside release?
I've been waiting for a collection of supporting shorts from the BFI for ages and this looks superb. Hopefully it sells well!
As to Stefan's list above, A Photograph is coming this month as part of the BFI's Play For Today Box-Set, while the Dead of Night series (or, what remains of it!) Was released back in 2014!
Personally I'd love to see James Dearden's Panic accompany a release of his 1980 supporting feature, Diversion, which was the original basis for Fatal Attraction and which it's claimed Paramount tried to suppress in the wake of the latter film's success!
Thanks for the release info about A Photograph and Dead of Night!

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#1403 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:46 am

reaky wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:57 am
Supernatural (1977) has also had a 2-disc DVD release from the BFI.
Thank you for this information!

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#1404 Post by beamish14 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:44 am

Stefan Andersson wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:45 am


Black Angel, Roger Christian


I'd love to see this, but Christian is preparing his own release and trying to expand it into a feature right now. If you
haven't checked it out on YouTube, please do so!

I'd LOVE to see The Gourmet finally.

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#1405 Post by beamish14 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:01 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:44 am
Stefan Andersson wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:45 am


Black Angel, Roger Christian





I'd love to see this, but Christian is preparing his own release and trying to expand it into a feature right now.

The Gourmet in HD would be fantastic.

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#1406 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:24 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:46 am
Glancing through Jonathan Rigby´s English Gothic, I find quite a few possibilities for a volume 2:
Markheim, Tony Richardson, 1952
This was actually a television production for the BBC's Sunday-Night Theatre; here's the Radio Times listing. A bigger obstacle to its inclusion is that, per Lez Cooke's British Television Drama, no recording is known to exist. Also, Alias John Preston is a feature, albeit a short one (66 minutes).

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#1407 Post by GaryC » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:40 pm

Stefan Andersson wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:01 pm

I´m sure there are other worthy candidates to be found in the pages of Rigby´s wonderful book. I understand that Short Sharp Shocks is intended for shorts originally shown in cinemas, so that rules out TV productions; but if TV films can be included in the future, I would be intrigued to see these:

BBC´s Late Night Horror
Only one episode of this exists - "The Corpse Can't Play". I saw it at Missing Believed WIped a couple of years ago. It's a black and white 16mm telerecording of a colour original, but I don't know if colour recovery will be possible with it. I thought it was pretty effective, and quite gruesome at the end - even more so for the tiny minority who saw it in colour on both of its broadcasts.
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#1408 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:26 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:44 am
Stefan Andersson wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:45 am


Black Angel, Roger Christian


I'd love to see this, but Christian is preparing his own release and trying to expand it into a feature right now. If you
haven't checked it out on YouTube, please do so!

I'd LOVE to see The Gourmet finally.

Thanks! Great information!

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#1409 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:28 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:24 pm
What A Disgrace wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:46 am
Glancing through Jonathan Rigby´s English Gothic, I find quite a few possibilities for a volume 2:
Markheim, Tony Richardson, 1952
This was actually a television production for the BBC's Sunday-Night Theatre; here's the Radio Times listing. A bigger obstacle to its inclusion is that, per Lez Cooke's British Television Drama, no recording is known to exist. Also, Alias John Preston is a feature, albeit a short one (66 minutes).
Thanks for updating me on the Markheim situation and the running time of Alias John Preston; erroneously remembered the latter as around 30 mins. long.

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#1410 Post by Stefan Andersson » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:29 pm

GaryC wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:40 pm
Stefan Andersson wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:01 pm

I´m sure there are other worthy candidates to be found in the pages of Rigby´s wonderful book. I understand that Short Sharp Shocks is intended for shorts originally shown in cinemas, so that rules out TV productions; but if TV films can be included in the future, I would be intrigued to see these:

BBC´s Late Night Horror
Only one episode of this exists - "The Corpse Can't Play". I saw it at Missing Believed WIped a couple of years ago. It's a black and white 16mm telerecording of a colour original, but I don't know if colour recovery will be possible with it. I thought it was pretty effective, and quite gruesome at the end - even more so for the tiny majority who saw it in colour on both of its broadcasts.
Thanks for this update! Very sad to hear that all other episodes are lost.

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#1411 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:21 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:44 am
I'd LOVE to see The Gourmet finally.
Not high quality but here you go.

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#1412 Post by L.A. » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:50 pm


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#1413 Post by antnield » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:28 pm

Mogul Mowgli Blu coming Feb 2021.

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#1416 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Nov 03, 2020 12:48 am

I'm digging that Targets cover

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#1417 Post by rapta » Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:29 am

Targets is a dream come true. I wonder what else they've licensed from Paramount (unless those deals are bundled in with Universal, which would explain the Dietrich set). Great cover too, I agree - I prefer when labels actually use the original artwork, wherever possible.

What next...Witness? The Parallax View? Black Sunday? One can dream...

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#1418 Post by TMDaines » Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:00 am

In for Marlene and Mädchen.

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#1419 Post by L.A. » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:47 am

Fortunately I didn’t import Kino’s disc of Mädchen. The Jenni Olson commentary is probably the same but the BFI most likely will have couple extras more and a booklet in the first pressing. Also Marlene Dietrich is always welcome. So these two I’m most excited about.

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#1420 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:08 pm

rapta wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:29 am
What next...Witness? The Parallax View? Black Sunday? One can dream...
Criterion is working on The Parallax View, so that may be a U.K. release as well

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#1421 Post by beamish14 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:17 pm


Hope we get a commentary on Blue Sky from its writers. Would love to hear Peter Medak discuss Romeo, too. Immensely
flawed, yet bizarrely compelling movie with a lot of gratuitous violence and one of Mark Isham's best scores.

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#1422 Post by L.A. » Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:53 pm

Would BFI have any interest in putting out Medak’s The Ruling Class (1972)?

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#1423 Post by L.A. » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:54 am

Stanley Tucci: 10 essential performances. Yesterday he celebrated his 60th birthday.

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#1424 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:24 pm

May 27, 2022 marks the Christopher Lee centenary. Would BFI be interested in a centenary edition or box set of feature films, shorts, perhaps a selection from Lee´s audiobooks and recordings, an image gallery (I remember a shot of Lee testing for the part of Queequeeg in Moby Dick (1956) on the BFI website), and input from Lady Lee, Jonathan Rigby, Kim Newman et. al.?

I realize that collecting several feature films might surely be a rights nightmare. Perhaps a set of 1-2 discs might be organized around some of these:
The Disputation, one of Lee´s best performances IMHO
The Creeping Flesh, as an example of the Lee-Cushing partnership
Les Mains d´Orlac, excellent performance in French
Alias John Preston
The Mirror and Markheim
Cross-Roads (though already released as an extra on a BFI disc)

Haven´t seen Dark Places or Nothing But the Night, so can´t comment on these.

Perhaps other relevant material is housed at the BFI.

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