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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:59 pm 

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A new 8-disc set celebrating the 60th anniversary of Woodfall Films. Includes eight iconic films (many newly restored and available on Blu-ray for the first time) that revolutionised British cinema and launched the careers of the likes of Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham.

Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1959)
The Entertainer (Tony Richardson, 1960)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960)
A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, 1961)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963) (New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut)
Girl with Green Eyes (Desmond Davis, 1964)
The Knack...and how to get it (Richard Lester, 1965)

Special features:

Presented in High Definition
All films newly remastered for this release, excluding Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Extras TBC


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:03 am 
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This is the best thing I never asked for.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:08 am 
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There was a beautiful new transfer of GIRL WITH GREEN EYES on TCM (in the US) recently and I wondered if Criterion would ever release a Woodfall Films set. They won’t, but it’s nice to see that the BFI will.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:31 am 
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Very interested in this. I suspect TOM JONES will still be cut though - all home releases have had cuts for animal cruelty (a cockfight) up to now. Is there another Best Picture Oscar winner that's still cut in the UK?

On a personal note, I owe my existence to A TASTE OF HONEY as it was my parents' first date...


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:19 pm 
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Torn. A Taste of Honey was one of my favorite discoveries of the last few years. I've been holding off on Loneliness of Long Distance Runner, assuming a new restoration was bound to happen based on what I perceived to be its stature.

I'll probably pick this up, then double dip on Loneliness if that happens...


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:56 pm 

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It's the extras that I'm most looking forward to. Just the kind of thing the BFI excels in (particularly given its mission statement).With its archives and unique set of personal contacts (most of whom will be longstanding BFI members) this should be one of the highlights of the year and a great companion to its Free Cinema set.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:26 pm 
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I really hope they do something about the box art.

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Hire the guy who did the Jarman box, please?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:11 pm 

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Whilst the Jarman box is stunning I really like this. Colours are bang on period. I don't think its a fair comparison.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:06 pm 
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Don't people ever get tired of the fake effects to try and make something look "real" and gritty and handmade, like the scissor cut marks and the registration mistake / stamp effect on the subtitle?

And will I buy this in a heartbeat? Yes.


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