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Famous Five DVDs in September

Enid Blyton fans, young and old alike, are in for a nostalgic treat when the BFI releases on UK Region 2 DVD on 13 September two rare film serials made in the 1950s and 1960s of the much-loved Famous Five adventure stories.

Five on a Treasure Island (1957) and Five Have a Mystery to Solve (1964) featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog, have been re-mastered to High Definition from original film elements preserved in the BFI National Archive and are released on 13 September 2010 priced £17.99 each, cert U.

Filmed mainly on location in Dorset and Cornwall, both serials were made by the Children’s Film Foundation and were a highly popular staple of the ‘Saturday Morning Pictures’. Both titles feature original illustrations by Eileen A. Soper and Blyton's famous signature on the sleeves and contain comprehensive booklets. Essay contributors include Enid Blyton expert Norman Wright, author of The Famous Five: Everything you ever wanted to know!; BFI Curator Vic Pratt and Nathalie Morris, Senior Curator of BFI Special Collections.

Five on a Treasure Island, which stays true to the spirit of Enid Blyton's perennially popular first Famous Five novel, is a ripping adventure tale in eight exciting instalments, each one ending with a dramatic cliff-hanger! The author herself helped to cast this serial which follows the celebrated chums as they search for buried treasure in the ruins of Kirrin Castle.

Five Have a Mystery to Solve, the second Famous Five serial – with a new cast – sees the Five head off to the discover the secrets of the closely-guarded Whispering Island.

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