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BFI: Kurosawa & Flipside

The BFI recently announced plans for two Akira Kurosawa DVD box-sets and Dual Format reissues of the first 9 titles in their Flipside strand. Both are due on 24th October with full details below...

The box-sets featuring the films of world-renowned director Akira Kurosawa mostly comprise of titles already available separately from the BFI, though the first collection does include two previously unreleased titles - The Lower Depths and Dodes'ka-den.

The Classic Collection contains Ikiru (aka Living) (1952), I Live in Fear (1955) and Red Beard (1965), along with the two titles new to UK DVD, the acclaimed Maxim Gorky adaptation The Lower Depths (1957) and Kurosawa’s first colour film Dodes’ka-den (aka Clickety-clack) (1970). The discs are accompanied by an illustrated booklet of film notes and credits and selected filmed introductions by director Alex Cox.

Packaged with an illustrated booklet of notes and credits, the Crime Collection includes Drunken Angel (1948), Stray Dog (1949), The Bad Sleep Well (1960) and High and Low (1963).

Click the film titles to read reviews of the discs already available separately.

On to the Flipside strand, the first 9 titles were originally issued as separate DVD and Blu-ray releases before the strand moved to the now familiar Dual Format Edition approach. On 24 October, these first nine Flipside titles will be reissued as Dual Format Editions (each containing DVD and Blu-ray versions), bringing them in line the rest of the collection. A list of the titles follows:

001: The Bed Sitting Room (Richard Lester, 1969)
002: London in the Raw (Arnold L. Miller, 1964)
003: Primitive London (Arnold L. Miller, 1965)
004: Herostratus (Don Levy, 1967)
005: All the Right Noises (Gerry O’Hara, 1969)
006: Man of Violence (Pete Walker, 1970)
007: Privilege (Peter Watkins, 1967)
008: That Kind of Girl (Gerry O’Hara, 1963)
009: Permissive (Lindsay Shonteff, 1970)

You'll find reviews of all 9 and more on our BFI Flipside page.

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