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The British Transport Films Collection Vol.8 in August

BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Points and Aspects: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 8 (1952-1974) on 25th August 2008 priced at £19.99. The latest volume of digitally re-mastered British Transport Films released in the BFI’s acclaimed and best-selling double-disc series contains 13 films – nearly five hours of footage – that look at a variety of topics and illustrate the wide range of subjects that the BTF Unit covered during its years of production.

Volume 8 shows some of the British Transport Commission's work in the 'bread and butter' titles from the film unit. Staff training films such as Single Line Working and Day to Day Track Maintenance played a large part of its core activity, and a good proportion of films made by the unit were never made available to the general public through the unit's non-theatrical library. Produced instead for staff meetings, lunchtime screenings and as part of training courses, the staff instructional documentary is the focus of the first disc.

The second disc looks at some of the wider aspects of BTF's work. Travel to the Channel Islands and a further reminder of reasons to visit Scotland are the subjects of two very different styles of the travelogue documentary, while a journey with the staff of a British Road Services lorry reminds us that BTF was the film unit for all nationalised transport and not just the railways. Also included are illustrations of technical achievement in The Long Night Haul, Under the Wires and Points and Aspects.

With the films preserved in the BFI National Archive, the DVDs continue to fascinate not only transport enthusiasts but also fans of historical British documentary filmmaking. A booklet with notes by BTF historian Steven Foxon who programmes this series accompanies the discs.

A 17-disc BTF box-set will be released later this year with an exclusive disc.

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