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BFI DVDs in August

The BFI have announced the UK DVD release of three titles on 22nd August 2011. These include the second of three volumes of documentary films by Molly Dineen and two rare 1950s comedies on the Adelphi Collection strand. Full details below…

The Molly Dineen Collection Volume 2 – The Ark - When Molly Dineen went to London Zoo in 1991 she planned to make 'a small film about the life of the keepers and animals'. Nine months later, she had shot over 100 hours of footage and had begun an edit that would last the best part of a year. The result was the BAFTA Award-winning four-part series The Ark, charting one of the most turbulent years in the history of the much-loved menagerie from the perspective of both the keepers and management.

A 2-disc set priced at £19.99 RRP, features include:

  • Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
  • Dolby Digital Mono audio (320kbps)
  • New interview with Molly Dineen on the making of The Ark, featuring Alan Yentob and sound recordist Phil Streather (2011, 30 mins)
  • New interview with Molly Dineen and editor Edward Roberts on the craft and techniques of editing observational documentary (2011, 20 mins)
  • Illustrated booklet with new essays and notes, with contributions from Guardian and BBC Radio 4 journalist Mark Lawson, writer Stella Bruzzi and BFI National Archive curators

Next are two films released as part of The Adelphi Collection priced at £12.99 RRP each. Fun at St. Fanny’s (1956) and You Lucky People! (1955), both directed by Maurice Elvey, are rib-tickling comedies which both feature top British names from the time, including Tommy Trinder and Gerald (Billy Bunter) Campion, as well as fresh-faced turns from Ronnie Corbett and Rolf Harris.

Digitally restored in High Definition from the original negatives preserved by the BFI National Archive, each film is packaged with a fully illustrated booklet that includes film notes, original promotional materials and recollections from the films’ stars.

Both films are presented in 2.35:1 with mono audio and optional HOH subtitles.

The next releases in The Adelphi Collection, in January 2012, will be The Great Game (1953) by Maurice Elvey and Miss Tulip Stays the Night (1955) by Leslie Arliss, both of which star British blonde bombshell Diana Dors.


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