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BFI have announced the UK DVD release of four titles on 26th May 2008…

A Cottage on Dartmoor - £19.99 - One of the very last silent films to be made in Britain before the talkies revolutionised cinema, A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929) is a virtuoso piece of filmmaking, a final passionate cry in defence of an art form soon to be obsolete. Restored from film materials preserved in the BFI National Archive, this little-known gem is released on DVD for the first time in the UK and presented here with a specially commissioned score by Stephen Horne.

Directed by Anthony Asquith (better known for The Browning Version and The Way to the Stars) A Cottage on Dartmoor is an embroiled melodrama, a tale of love and revenge, set on the bleak landscape of Dartmoor.

Features include:

  • Full Frame Presentation
  • Insight (1960) – Study of Anthony Asquith at work featuring on set footage and interviews
  • Rush Hour – Comedy film from the BFI National Archive about Britain’s workers coping with the transport system during the War (Asquith, 1941)
  • Fully illustrated booklet including essays by Bryony Dixon and Geoffrey Macnab
A Walk with Love and Death - £12.99 - John Huston’s A Walk with Love and Death is the story of a student, Heron (Assi Dayan), who leaves Paris to walk to the sea but encounters Claudia (Anjelica Huston), a young noblewoman with whom he falls in love and pledges to protect after her home is destroyed in a peasant revolt.

Based on Hans Koningsberger’s novel of the same name it stars a seventeen-year-old Anjelica Huston in her first acting role and features a wonderful score by Georges Delerue with one of his most haunting love themes.

Features include:
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
  • Optional Hard of Hearing subtitles
  • Walking with Love and Death (1968): Behind-the-scenes footage of Huston on set, directing the actors
  • Illustrated booklet with an original essay by Hans Koningsberger on the filming of his book (from Film Quarterly, Spring 1969); a review from Monthly Film Bulletin, February 1977; cast and credits
Cluny Brown - £12.99 - Combining elegance and wit, Ernst Lubitsch’s last film, set in 1938 London, is one of his most engaging romantic comedies. In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Hollywood Classics, the BFI makes it available on DVD for the first time.

Features include:
  • Full Frame Presentation
  • Original trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with original publicity photos, film review by A.H Weiler of the New York Times from 1946, a director biography by Thomas Elsaesser; cast and credit details
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
Radio On - £19.99 - Chris Petit’s feature debut offers a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather. Stunningly photographed in monochrome by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer, Radio On is driven by a startling new wave soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Robert Fripp and Devo, and reveals an early screen performance by Sting.

Features include:
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • New filmed interview with Chris Petit and producer Keith Griffiths
  • radio on (remix) (Petit, 1998, 24 mins): a digital video essay – with radical disruption of the original soundtrack by Wire’s Bruce Gilbert
  • Original trailer
  • Illustrated 28-page booklet with contributions from Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, John Patterson, Ian Penman, Chris Petit, Sukhdev Sandhu, Jason Wood and Rudy Wurlitzer; director biography and credits




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