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  • Charley Says... Vol. 2 Charley Says... Vol. 2 | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £7.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A further selection of Public Information Films from the archives of the Central Office of Information. Containing more than 150 individual live action and animated short films these rarely seen gems feature a host of well known British talent and have been exhaustively researched. This limited edition two-disc set features the original volumes 1 and 2 of ""Charley Says"".

  • World In Action - Vol. 1 World In Action - Vol. 1 | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £8.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Twelve hard-hitting shows from the definitive current affairs programme. 1. Mick Jagger (1967 an interview with Mick after the quashing of his jail sentence for drug possession) 2. End Of A Revolution? (1967 a portrait of Bolivia and the events leading to Che Guevara's death) 3. The Demonstration (1968 London demonstrations against the Vietnam war) 4. The Quiet Mutiny (1970 John Pilger Vietnam documentary) 5. The Man Who Stole Uganda (1971 Idi Amin's rise to power) 6. Death Of A

  • Steel - A Century of Steelmaking on Film (2-DVD) Steel - A Century of Steelmaking on Film (2-DVD) | DVD | (18/02/2013) from £4.80  |  Saving you £18.80 (75.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Following their acclaimed box sets covering the history of Britain's coal mining and shipbuilding industries, the BFI turns its focus on the nation’s steel industry. Steel provides the backbone of Britain’s industry and society. It was a driving force behind the Second Industrial Revolution and shaped many regions of the UK. In its heyday over 450,000 people were working in the steel industry and while much of the employment it generated is now gone, its influence still lives on, as was spectacularly illustrated in Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics. This comprehensive double DVD set features 23 rare documentaries, animations and short films which span the twentieth century. Highlights include footage of the building of the New Tyne Bridge in 1928 and the rare 1945 film Steel which was shot by award-winning cameraman Jack Cardiff.

  • British Transport Films Collection Vol. 10 - London on the Move (2-DVD set) British Transport Films Collection Vol. 10 - London on the Move (2-DVD set) | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £6.93  |  Saving you £13.06 (65.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1 May, 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Ansty – a founding father of the British documentary movement – it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. British Transport Films Volume 10, London on the Move, marks a most welcome return for the BFI’s celebrated and best-selling DVD series, and marks a shift in focus onto travel in the nation’s capital. Bringing together a number of fascinating and informative films themed around London Transport, this extensive 2-DVD set explores travel on the trams, buses and tube trains which have carried millions of visitors and residents alike around London every year.

  • COI Collection Vol 5: Portrait of a People (2-DVD set) COI Collection Vol 5: Portrait of a People (2-DVD set) | DVD | (18/07/2011) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The fifth volume in the COI Collection - Portrait of a People - reviews a patriotic strand of COI film making on the theme of Britain and more importantly its people. From encouraging immigration to re-defining the nation the titles on these discs present by turns an affectionate revealing and stirring depiction of what it means to be an inhabitant of This Sceptred Isle . Highlights include: Oxford (1958) a look at the traditions and students of Oxford University; Dateline Britain: Look at London (1958) broadcaster Bernard Braden takes us on a tour of London; The Poet's Eye (1964) how Britain and its people inspired Shakespeare; Opus (1967) Don Levy s provocative look at contemporary British art fashion and design.

  • The General Post Office Film Unit Collection Vol.3 - If War Should Come [DVD] The General Post Office Film Unit Collection Vol.3 - If War Should Come | DVD | (01/01/2012) from £10.14  |  Saving you £14.85 (59.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Produced shortly before the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 If War Should Come was one of the last films to be produced by the GPO Film Unit before it was re-named the Crown Film Unit and incorporated into the Films Division of the Ministry of Information. Made for theatrical release the film comprises a catalogue of civil defence precautions to be taken by householders in the event of war. The soothing Elgar soundtrack over commentator Jack Livesey's instructions to keep buckets of water and sand ready on the landing a pencil and paper by the wireless set and your gas mask handy were designed to instil calm and reassurance at a time of uncertainty. However the instruction not to be alarmed by the sample blasts of air- raid sirens might have been asking too much of an anxious cinema audience for whom such noises weren't yet commonplace. Despite its matter-of-fact approach for today's audience the film has a special poignancy borne of knowledge of the reality that lay ahead. Just a month later the original project had been overtaken by events and the film was hastily revised and awarded the more urgent title Do It Now in time for release at the outbreak of war. It was shown in 2 000 cinemas throughout the country in the week beginning 18 September 1939. Simultaneously the accompanying leaflet campaign 'Some Things You Need to Know if War Should Come' issued by the Lord Privy Seal's Office in July was redrafted for mass dissemination when war became a reality rather than an expectation.

  • Look at Life: Volume 5 - Cultural Heritage [DVD] Look at Life: Volume 5 - Cultural Heritage | DVD | (19/11/2012) from £13.99  |  Saving you £26.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    This regular series of short documentary films was produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation to screen in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit’s Universal News now rendered largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts. Marvellously concise and beautifully shot these colour featurettes numbering over 500 in total presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of modern British life.

  • Spartacus - Gods Of The Arena [Blu-ray] Spartacus - Gods Of The Arena | Blu Ray | (03/10/2011) from £8.39  |  Saving you £26.60 (76.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The House of Batiatus is on the rise, basking in the glow of its infamous champion Gannicus, whose skill with a sword is matched only by his thirst for wine and women. These are the times a young Batiatus has been waiting for. Poised to overthrow his father and take control, he’ll freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest demand. And he’ll have his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia by his side for every underhanded scheme, drawing on the brazen talents of her seductive friend Gaia when it counts. Together, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses, seize power, and bleed Capua dry in this audacious prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

  • A Royal Occasion: From Victoria to Elizabeth II [DVD] A Royal Occasion: From Victoria to Elizabeth II | DVD | (28/05/2012) from £6.16  |  Saving you £11.14 (55.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee the BFI has conducted an extensive search through the National Archive to unearth a wealth of fascinating and illuminating footage on a range of Royalty-related subjects. A Royal Occasion is a specially-curated 2-DVD edition which draws upon a number of specially-cared for archival collections to build a comprehensive historical survey of the royal family from the late Victorian era (including Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee) up to the Queen’s Coronation in 1953. This superb collection offers the opportunity to see a number of rare and previously unseen films from the National Archive, include silent films, and early colour productions. Extra features: All films newly transferred from original materials preserved in the BFI National Archive Includes comprehensive booklet with newly commissioned essays and detailed film notes, along with full credits for each film

  • Tales from the Shipyard [DVD] Tales from the Shipyard | DVD | (14/02/2011) from £7.99  |  Saving you £14.54 (63.20%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Tales from the Shipyard: Britain's Shipbuilding Heritage on Film This double-disc DVD brings together over 5 hours of documentary film about Britain's shipbuilding heritage - from scenes of jubilant workers celebrating spectacular launches in the early 1900s to King George V and Queen Mary's morale-boosting trip to Northern England's shipyards in the tail end of the Great War; from the planning and building of the luxury liner S S Olympic to stunning lyrical documentaries such as Shipyard (1935) and The Sea Shall Test Her (1954). The DVD set is completed by an illustrated booklet of new essays and notes.

  • Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (DVD) Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (DVD) | DVD | (23/11/2015) from £10.95  |  Saving you £8.89 (44.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    ?You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else' - Emmeline Pankhurst (Nov 1913) Appalling behaviour, noise, clamour and violence are not usually traits associated with the British female, but for the first 15 years of the 20th century many fearless women battled with the authorities, and society at large, to make themselves heard. This coincided exactly with the development of film so their entire struggle is captured for us, and it's proven that female emancipation wasn't just a result of war-time changes, the pill or the miniskirt. This special programme from the BFI National Archive mixes fascinating actuality films of the suffragettes' public activities with the comedies of the period, revealing that these girls and women were already acting differently from their grandmothers.

  • Here's a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games [DVD] Here's a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games | DVD | (18/07/2011) from £10.69  |  Saving you £11.90 (51.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    From Cornwall's 'sexy savage' Spring-time Mayday rites to the dangerous rolling of burning barrels of tar in Ottery St Mary this rich and wide ranging collection of films documents and celebrates the folk customs songs and dances of Great Britain.

  • Look at Life: Volume Two - Military [DVD] Look at Life: Volume Two - Military | DVD | (27/06/2011) from £16.15  |  Saving you £12.50 (41.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit's newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts. Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these 'slice of life' colour featurettes - numbering over 500 episodes in total - presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life.Digitally restored from the original film elements, this volume presents 45 memorable films offering fascinating insights into varied aspects of British military life, with many unseen since their first screening. From the Black Arrows' daring acrobatics to military survival techniques and from sea mine clearance to the valour of Victoria Cross holders - this exceptional three disc set features coverage of significant military achievements from throughout the 1960s.

  • Charley Says... The Best Public Information Films In The World [1970] Charley Says... The Best Public Information Films In The World | DVD | (16/07/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A priceless record of British society in the 1960s and 70s, Charley Says is two-and-a-half hours of public information films produced by London's Central Office of Information between 1959 and 1983. Topics, though numerous, are dominated by an obsession with safely crossing the road. Mid-1970s celebs such as Shaw Taylor and Jimmy Saville try to coerce us into wearing then-optional seat belts or propound the still-incomprehensible "Splink" theory of road awareness. Dave Prowse looks uneasy as the Green Cross Code superhero months before he found immortality as Darth Vader and Edward Judd briefly achieves cult status with "ThinkBike". Animation is also well represented, with the engaging psycho-babble of Charley the cat and the witty repartee of Jo and Petunia to guide us through the dangers of everyday living, while Tufty and Mrs Fluffytale look concerned as Willie the Weasel gets hit by every car in town. "Lonely Water", however, is a real spine-chiller, and the TV licence-detector man assumes a menace worthy of Quatermass. By the early 1980s, recourse to passing fads such as Space Invaders and break-dancing confirm that the era of paternalistic TV was almost over. On the DVD: The 4:3 picture definition is generally excellent, with even the black and white films taken from masters, and the mono sound is more than adequate, though no subtitles are provided. The 157 shorts are individually accessible via four selection lists, but the random play facility throws up the same options a little too often. --Richard Whitehouse

  • COI Volume 7: The Queen on Tour [DVD] COI Volume 7: The Queen on Tour | DVD | (28/05/2012) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee the BFI has conducted an extensive search through the National Archive to unearth a wealth of fascinating and illuminating footage on a range of Royalty-related subjects. COI Volume 7: The Queen on Tour brings together a number of Central Office of Information productions which capture the Royal family between 1953 and 1971. With unprecedented access to the royal household, the films in this unique collection provide a valuable and indispensable record of royal tours and state visits, and also include revealing portraits of the Queen and her children. Extra features: All films newly transferred from original materials preserved in the BFI National Archive Includes comprehensive booklet with newly commissioned essays and detailed film notes, along with full credits for each film

  • COI Collection Vol 6: Worth the Risk? [DVD] COI Collection Vol 6: Worth the Risk? | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Health, safety and welfare messages are at the heart of the sixth volume in the COI Collection. Crossing the road; sensible drinking; playing with matches; the welfare state; combating terrorism; decrimalisation; crime prevention; surviving nuclear attack...and much, much more, are all tackled here with the usual mix of horror, humour, shock tactics and gentle persuasion. Highlights include: Skateboard Safety (1978), the pioneering animation Charley's March of Time (1948), Say No to Strangers (1981) starring Timothy Spall, and the unnerving Cold War era film Hole in the Ground (1962) in which warning and defence measures against nuclear attack are depicted.

  • MisinforMation (DVD) (2010) MisinforMation (DVD) (2010) | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £4.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A collection of short public service information films, from the Central Office of Information collection which is housed by the BFI National Archives. These films are shown here with mordant music as a background. Amongst the collection are 2 films (Inkjet Printer/Living Tomorrow & The Sea in Their Blood), directed by Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman's Contract; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; Prospero's Books). PAL/1:33:1 Full Screen/Colour/Dolby Digital Stereo audio (320kbps).

  • Look at Life: Volume Three - Science [DVD] Look at Life: Volume Three - Science | DVD | (26/09/2011) from £11.43  |  Saving you £18.56 (61.90%)  |  RRP £29.99

    45 digitally restored films from the landmark documentary series Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts. Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these slice of life colour featurettes numbering over 500 episodes in total presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life. Digitally restored from the original film elements, this volume presents 45 memorable films offering fascinating insights into varied aspects of scientific progress and innovation that have benefited the British way of life, with many unseen since their first screening.

  • COI Collection Vol 4: Stop! Look! Listen! [DVD] COI Collection Vol 4: Stop! Look! Listen! | DVD | (13/11/2012) from £10.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (47.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Central Office of Information (COI) was established in 1946 and has produced thousands of films that reflect the changing face of a nation and world in flux. The fourth Volume of the BFI's COI collection explores the government department's Health safety and welfare films. Utilising some of the finest talents in British documentary film making titles such as Thirty Miles an Hour (1946) Lonely Water (1973) Apaches (1977) Drive Carefully Darling (1975) are amongst the most inventive and fondly remembered titles in the COI's distinguished oeuvre. Stop! Look! Listen! makes available on DVD for the first time some classic longer form films along with a selection short public information films and commercials. But please...don't have nightmares!

  • Charley Says... Vol. 2 Charley Says... Vol. 2 | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A further selection of Public Information Films from the archives of the Central Office of Information. Containing more than 150 individual live action and animated short films these rarely seen gems feature a host of well known British talent and have been exhaustively researched.

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