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If... - New Date & Specs

Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of If… on 23rd July 2007 priced at £15.99. Filmed in 1968, at the time of the Paris student uprisings, If… won accolades at the time of its release and continues to pull in plaudits more than thirty years later. In 1969, If… won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival, and has recently been voted 12th in The British Film Institute’s ‘Favourite British Films of the Twentieth Century’ poll.

Directed by Lindsay Anderson and shot at his own school in Cheltenham, If… is the story of rebellion against autocracy, but represents something far darker.

Malcolm MacDowell stars as Mick Travis, returning to his public boys’ school for a new term. Terminally persecuted by the Whips, Travis and his non-conformist gang encounter all of the stereotypical traditions of boarding school life. Choosing to ask when we live, rather than fitting in to life thrust upon them, Travis and his friends embark on a series of misadventures that protract their experience of eroticism, authority and violence. The film sets out with scenes of eerie reverie and shocking brutality, such as genital inspections and confirmation classes. As the prison-like nature of school tries to take hold and beatings become routine, Travis’s reactions become increasingly bold, eventually culminating in breathtaking scenes of tyranny and destruction.

Presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Stereo sound, extras include commentary with David Robinson and Malcolm MacDowell, an interview with Graham Crowden (14mins), details of the cast and crew (42mins) and the 22-minute documentary ‘Thursday’s Children’ (which won an Oscar for Best Documentary).

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