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BFI Summer 2010

The BFI have revealed their DVD and Blu-ray plans for the summer with a range of titles that covers British and international classics alongside significant non-fiction collections from the BFI National Archive.

All dates and information is subject to change while further information is TBC (look out for full announcements for each title closer to the respective release dates)…

7 June

  • Kurosawa Samurai Collection (1954-1962) This 5-disc DVD box-set brings together Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro and one of the BFI’s all-time best-selling titles, Seven Samurai

21 June
  • The Adelphi Collection: Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary (1953) & My Wife’s Lodger (1952) The Adelphi Collection showcases long-neglected works produced by this family-run British film studio. This second release is a double-bill of rare, early Diana Dors comedies. Also starring Sid James. Dual Format Edition
  • Black Jack (Ken Loach, 1979) DVD premiere of this visually stunning feature film from one of Britain’s most celebrated filmmakers, adapted from Leon Garfield’s children’s novel, set in 1750s York

19 July
  • The COI Collection Volume 3: They Stand Ready (1946-76) To help paint a positive picture of life in the Services, the Central Office of Information produced these morale-boosting documentaries, propaganda items and recruitment films. DVD
  • Secrets of Nature (1922-1933) Launched in 1922, this series pioneered ground-breaking techniques of slow-motion, time-lapse and microscopic photography in films exploring the wondrous worlds of animal, plant and insect life. DVD
  • The films of Yasujiro Ozu – an extensive new BFI DVD project launching in Dual Format Editions
    Tokyo Story (1953) & Brothers and Sister of the Toda Family
    Late Spring (1949) & The Only Son
    Early Summer (1951) & What did the Lady Forget?

23 August
  • Loving Memory (Tony Scott, 1970) Now one of Hollywood's most bankable UK ex-pats (The Hunger, Top Gun, True Romance, Enemy of the State and many more), the then 26 year-old Tony Scott's first feature is set on the Yorkshire moors and follows the story of a brother and sister living alone with their memories and a macabre secret. Dual Format Edition
  • A Zed & Two Noughts (Peter Greenaway, 1985) This extraordinary tale of obsession, scored by Michael Nyman, is provocative, funny and stylish. Blu-ray
  • The Edge of the World (Michael Powell, 1937) A Blu-ray debut for the film which established the daring techniques and experimentation that would become familiar hallmarks of Michael Powell’s esteemed career
  • The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961) Deborah Kerr gives the performance of her career in one of the greatest of all ghost stories on film – an intensely unsettling experience. Blu-ray

13 September
  • BFI Flipside 012 & 013 released on Dual Format Editions:
    Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (Clive Donner, 1968) A long-awaited release for this lively comedy following the sexual exploits of the irrepressible teenager Jamie (Barry Evans), full of adolescent energy and angst in 1960s Stevenage
  • Bronco Bullfrog (Barney Platts-Mills, 1969) This leading cult film of the late 1960s is one of the finest records of Mod culture in British cinema
  • Prostitute (Tony Garnett, 1980) Gritty and ground-breaking film about sex-workers in the Midlands. Dual Format Edition
  • Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Volume 1: Five on a Treasure Island (1957) – Close to the spirit of the perennially popular first Famous Five novel, this eight part series is full of adventure, mystery and lashings of ginger beer. Volume 2: Five Have a Mystery to Solve (1964) – This second series follows Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog on an adventure to Whispering Island. DVD

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