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The Animals Film (R2) in September

BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Animals Film on 29th September 2008 priced at £19.99 RRP. Controversial and confrontational, this unique work received worldwide critical acclaim for its filmic power, questioning how and why modern societies exploit animals for food, fur, sport, entertainment and science. It showed scenes that had never been filmed before and footage uncovered through dogged research. In the UK it was broadcast on Channel 4 during its first week on air in November 1982 and caused uproar and thereafter was shown in cinemas and on TV around the world.

The film is narrated by Julie Christie, with music by David Byrne/Talking Heads and a score composed and performed by Robert Wyatt.

Presented for the first time uncut and digitally re-mastered by the BFI, the DVD offers both the original – rarely seen – 1982 version of the film, plus the director’s 2008 cut, featuring a new and energising conclusion.

Features include:

  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • Dolby Digital Mono (320kbps)
  • Optional Hard of Hearing subtitles
  • New filmed interview with Victor Schonfeld
  • Audio statement by Julie Christie
  • Original trailer
  • Illustrated 32-page booklet with contributions from the director, essays, reviews and a biography

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