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BFI Flipside October

The BFI have revealed two new additions to their Flipside strand. Arriving on 24 October 2011 priced at £19.99 RRP each are:

Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs
John Hurt stars as delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke in this chillingly dark comedy from 1974 directed by Stuart Cooper (Overlord, The Disappearance). Expelled art student Scrawdyke leads his Party of Dynamic Erection – with devoted followers Wick (John McEnery), Irwin (Raymond Platt) and Nipple (David Warner) – in an enraged battle against an unseen nemesis. Rosalind Ayres is both sensitive and ferocious as Malcolm’s would-be girlfriend Ann.

Based on the celebrated 1965 stage play by David Halliwell, Little Malcolm was filmed on location in bleak, wintry Oldham by Stuart Cooper with cinematographer John Alcott (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining). Music is by Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter) with incidental music by George Harrison (who also financed the film), and the film also features performances by Harpoon and Splinter.

Rarely seen in almost 40 years, it is released by BFI Flipside in a Dual Format Edition (DVD and Blu-ray discs) with thematically related short films preserved in the BFI National Archive and an extensive booklet with essays and contributions from director Stuart Cooper, John Hurt and Mike Leigh.

Features include:

  • Region 0 / 1.85:1 / English HOH subtitles
  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) (Extras Dolby Digital 320 kbps)
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Original Little Malcolm trailer
  • Put Yourself In My Place (Francine Winham, 1974, 25 mins): fraught gender relations trigger a startling role reversal in this polemical comedy starring Judy Geeson (Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
  • The Contraption (James Dearden, 1977, 7 mins): in a final act of defeat or defiance, a man (Richard O’Brien) builds a sinister contraption in a dark cellar
  • Illustrated booklet featuring original artwork and contributions from Stuart Cooper, John Hurt, Mike Leigh (who directed the debut stage production of Halliwell’s play) and Yvonne Tasker from the University of East Anglia

Voice Over
Unseen for decades, Christopher Monger’s controversial feature Voice Over (1981) is released by BFI Flipside in a new HD transfer, mastered from the only surviving print elements. Packaged in a Dual Format Edition (DVD & Blu-ray discs together), it also contains Monger’s rare experimental feature-length thriller Repeater (1979).

'Fats' Bannerman is enjoying success as the writer and presenter of Thus Engaged, a romantic radio serial about the lives and loves of a Regency heroine. But when grim reality violently intrudes into Fats' life, his frail fantasies become unbalanced and his ability to separate fact from fiction breaks down, with devastating consequences.

Featuring a compelling central performance from the great British screen actor Ian McNeice (A Life Less Ordinary; Oliver Twist; Doctor Who), this early film from the award-winning Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Monger (The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain and writer of the multi-award winning HBO production Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes) caused a sensation upon its original release, when its subject matter was attacked by feminist groups.

Features include:
  • Region 0 / 1.33:1 / English HOH subtitles
  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
  • Both films presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Newly mastered, under the supervision of director of photography Roland Denning, from the best available archive materials
  • Repeater (Christopher Monger, 1979, 76 mins): deconstructed crime thriller, inspired by the French New Wave, in which a woman’s confession of murder is not as simple as it seems
  • 34-page illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays, biographies, original promotional materials, and recollections by Christopher Monger and Ian McNeice

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