In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a 'nuclear misunderstanding' (which lasted two minutes and twenty eight seconds, including the signing of the peace treaty) is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed-sitting room. This vividly imagined, darkly satirical filmic version of a post apocalyptic England, directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Days Night, How I Won the War, The Knack) is based on the highly regarded play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. It also boasts great... performances by the cream of 60s British comedy and acting talent: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Dandy Nichols and Marty Feldman. [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and region B Blu-ray. It will require a region B Blu-ray player to play the Blu-ray and DVD or a Region 2 DVD player for the DVD. BFI Flipside presents THE BED SITTING ROOM (DVD Blu-ray) A film by Richard Lester THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions. In a vividly realised post-apocalyptic London, Mrs Ethel Shroake is crowned Queen and Lord Fortnum awaits his imminent transformation into a bedsitting room. Meanwhile, seventeen-months pregnant Penelope and her parents leave the safety of their underground carriage to find her a husband and finally reclaim their baggage. Richard Lester's sharply satirical end-of-the-world comedy is based on a beautifully bittersweet, Goonish script by John Antrobus and Spike Milligan. Special Features Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition Original trailer Three Bernard Braden Now and Then interviews from 1967: Richard Lester (18 mins); Spike Milligan (41 mins); Peter Cook (31 mins) Fully Illustrated booklet with film notes, contemporary review, original promotional materials and biographies UK | 1969 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 91 minutes | Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (320kbps)
Richard Lester's late 1960s cult comedy, set during the aftermath of a nuclear explosion which ended WWIII, follows those who have survived in what is left of England enduring spontaneous mutations into various creatures and objects. The film is based on the play written by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus and stars some of Britain's best known comedians, including Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and the aforementioned Milligan.