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BFI Flipside in May

The BFI have announced the next batch of titles in their Flipside DVD & Blu-ray strand. Arriving on 17th May as Dual Format Editions - containing the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the films and the extras – are two mid-Sixties offerings: Gerry O'Hara's overlooked Swinging Sixties gem The Pleasure Girls (1965), featuring Francesca Annis, Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski, and an uncensored pre-release cut of Guy Hamilton's controversial The Party's Over (1963-65), starring Oliver Reed and featuring a score by John Barry.

The BFI’s Flipside titles are all newly-mastered to High Definition from original film elements, and presented with rare and fascinating special features, including previously unavailable short films, documentaries and interviews, many of which are preserved in the BFI National Archive. Each title comes in collectable numbered packaging and is accompanied by an extensive illustrated booklet with insightful contributions from special guest writers, often including the filmmakers themselves.

Also coming out in the BFI Flipside series, released on 17 May, is the Blu-ray edition of Peter Watkins' Privilege (1967) and on DVD, Kim Newman's Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (previously only available through HMV). Click the titles to read our DVD reviews.

Details follow…

The Pleasure Girls

  • Disc 1: BD25 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
  • 1.66:1 aspect ratio / English language / Optional HOH subtitles
  • Feature presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Alternative complete export cut (Blu-ray only, 86 mins)
  • Export version scenes (DVD only, 13 mins)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • The Rocking Horse (James Scott, 1962, 25 mins): an atmospheric short about a romantic encounter between a teddy boy and an artist, shot on location in London’s West End
  • The Meeting (Mamoun Hassan, 1964, 10 mins): a young woman’s unconventional brief encounter with a mysterious lover
  • Illustrated booklet featuring contributions by Gerry O’Hara, Professor Sue Harper, and Mamoun Hassan

The Party’s Over
  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
  • 1.66:1 aspect ratio / English language / Optional HOH subtitles
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Alternative theatrical release cut (Blu-ray only, 92 mins)
  • Alternative theatrical release sequences (DVD only, 18 mins)
  • The Party (R A Ostwald, 1962, 16 mins): a time-capsule short about an art school get-together, with drinking, dancing and romance
  • Emma (Anthony Perry, 1964, 12 mins): an expressive meditation on the loss of innocence and the certainty of death, from the producer of The Party’s Over
  • Illustrated booklet featuring contributions by Guy Hamilton, Andrew Roberts, William Fowler and Vic Pratt

BFI Dual Format Edition titles retail at £19.99 each. The next Flipside releases will be Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (Clive Donner, 1968) and Bronco Bullfrog (1969) by Barney Platts-Mills in September 2010.



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