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Black Jack (BFI) in June

BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Black Jack on 21st June 2010. This release is the world premiere of Ken Loach's director's cut of the film which also features a director's commentary recorded exclusively for the BFI.

Based on Leon Garfield's popular novel, this long-unseen film adaptation from the celebrated British filmmaker is an adventure story which will capture the imagination of adults and children alike. It features Chris Menges' beautiful photography, enchanting performances by its charismatic young cast and Loach's gentle, observational style - similarly seen in his earlier feature Kes (1969).

When honest young Tolly Pickering is forced to go on the run with a villainous ruffian named Black Jack, adventure and mishap are never far away. As the two enter a world of body-snatchers, private lunatic asylums and travelling fairs, they find friendship in the most unlikely places.

Black Jack is the first of a new strand of adaptations of children's literary classics to be released on DVD by the BFI this year. Future releases will include two volumes of Enid Blyton's Famous Five adventures from 1957 and 1964, and two volumes of Tintin stories made in the early 1960s.

Priced at £15.99 RRP, features include:

  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
  • English HOH subtitles
  • Exclusive feature commentary by director Ken Loach
  • English and French language versions of the feature
  • Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays, extracts from Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories series and more
  • Original trailer
  • Deleted scenes

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