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Penny Points to Paradise & Let's Go Crazy (BFI) (R2/UK BD) in August

The BFI’s new strand The Adelphi Collection launches on 3rd August 2009 with the world premiere DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy newly restored by the BFI National Archive.

These rare British comedies featuring early Peter Sellers performances arrive on double-feature DVD and Blu-ray special editions which also include the little-seen Sellers voiced comic clip collection The Slappiest Days of Our Lives. Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy can also be seen on the big screen on 27 July when they will be shown at a special event at BFI Southbank.

Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy are the first titles in a new BFI DVD strand exploring the output of Adelphi Films – a small, family-run British company. Future titles will explore the exciting, yet curiously overlooked, output of this tiny studio, from noir-ish crime pictures and buoyant musicals to colourful melodramas and slapstick comedies. Sid James, Diana Dors, Ted Ray, Petula Clark, Ronnie Corbett, Rolf Harris and Prunella Scales are just some of the many well-loved performers who appeared before Adelphi’s cameras early on in their careers.

Penny Points to Paradise and Let’s Go Crazy have been restored by the BFI National Archive thanks to the generous support of Laura Camuti, a Sellers aficionado. Both films have been re-mastered to High Definition from the BFI’s newly restored film elements.

Extras include:

  • The Slappiest Days of our Lives (1953, 73 mins): Barely seen since its original release, this virtually forgotten French compilation of clips from vintage silent comedies was re-dubbed by Adelphi Films with a flight-of-fancy voiceover commentary by Peter Sellers. It is both an intriguing oddity and a valuable record of the comedian’s formative years as a character ‘voice man’. Against a backdrop of extracts from classic early comedy films, Sellers stylishly adopts the vocal personae of some of his comic heroes to take a slapstick trip across the USA.
  • Illustrated booklet with essays, restoration notes and original promotional material.

Priced at £17.99 RRP on DVD and £22.99 RRP on Blu-ray Disc (region free), the discs include optional English HOH subtitles.

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