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    Ken Russell The Great Composers: Elgar; The Debussy Film; Song of Summer

    These astonishing documentaries, by ground-breaking director Ken Russell (Valentino, The Devils) were originally broadcast in the BBC TV arts documentary strands Monitor and Omnibus during the 1960s. On 28 March 2016 they will be released together on DVD and Blu-ray in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI.

    Each film has an audio commentary, and in a new filmed interview, film editor Michael Bradsell talks about working with Ken Russell. Also included is rarely-seen archival footage of Sir Edward Elgar.

    Elgar (1962), Russell’s tribute to the music he loved, is remarkable for its sensitive portrayal of the rise of a young musician from an underprivileged background to international fame. The Debussy Film (1965), co-written by Melvyn Bragg, is a truly experimental work that culminates in a sublimely ethereal finale. Perhaps the finest of Russell’s 1960s biographical BBC productions, Song of Summer (1968) is an immensely moving story of sacrifice, idealism and musical genius which charts the final five years in the life of Frederick Delius.

    Special features

    Newly remastered and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
    Land of Hope and Glory (1931, 3 mins): footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting the LSO at the opening of the new HMV (now Abbey Road) studios
    Elgar and the Three Choirs Festival (Harold Brooke, 1929-1932, 9 mins): amateur footage of Elgar at home and at the Three Choirs Festival
    Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 10 mins): the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell
    Ken Russell and Michael Kennedy audio commentary for Elgar (2002)
    Newly commissioned commentary by Kevin M Flanagan for The Debussy Film
    Ken Russell audio commentary for Song of Summer (2002)
    30-page illustrated booklet with new essays by Kevin M Flanagan, John Hill, John C Tibbetts, Paul Sutton and Michael Brooke, and full film credits

    Product details

    RRP: £29.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1244 / Cert 12 / 3-disc set

    UK / 1962 + 1965 + 1968 / black and white / English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 56 mins + 82 mins + 73 mins / original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    1 x BD50: 1080/50i, LPCM 2.0 audio (48kHz/16-bit) / 2 x DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (320kbps)

    Ken Russell The Great Passions: Always on Sunday; Isadora; Dante’s Inferno

    These three spectacular documentaries by controversial director Ken Russell (Valentino, The Devils) were originally broadcast in the BBC TV arts documentary strands Monitor and Omnibus in the 1960s.

    On 28 March 2016 they will be released together on DVD and Blu-ray in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI. Among the many extras, each film has an audio commentary, and in a new interview, film editor Michael Bradsell talks about working with Ken Russell.

    Always on Sunday (1965), a dramatised exploration of the naif painter Henri Rousseau, sees Russell reunited with Melvyn Bragg and Oliver Reed in one of his most charming and delightful documentaries. Isadora (1966), Russell’s exuberant study of the outrageous American dancer Isadora Duncan, is probably the film that best encapsulates the director’s attitude to art and creativity. In Dante's Inferno (1967) Oliver Reed gives a smouldering performance as the Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This startling and bold film is one of the most ambitious that Russell made for the BBC.

    Special features

    Newly remastered and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
    Late Night Line-Up: Russell at Work (Ian Keill, 1966, 31 mins): documentary shot during the making of Isadora
    Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 18 mins): the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell
    Brian Hoyle audio commentary for Always on Sunday
    Paul Sutton audio commentary for Isadora
    Brian Hoyle audio commentary for Dante’s Inferno
    The Paul Sutton Tapes: alternative audio track to Isadora, comprising interviews which Paul Sutton conducted with the cast and crew between 2008 and 2012
    30-page illustrated booklet featuring new essays by John Wyver, Kevin Jackson, Christophe Van Eecke, Brian Hoyle, Paul Sutton and Michael Brooke, and full credits

    Product details

    RRP: £29.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1245 / Cert 12 / 3-disc set

    UK / 1965 + 1966 + 1967 / black and white / English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 45 mins + 64 mins + 88 mins / original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    1 x BD50: 1080/50i, LPCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/16-bit) / 2 x DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (320kbps)
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    Rock! Shock! Pop!

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    Vortice Mortale - The Lost Highway of Horror and Cult Film

    Latest post: Voodoo Passion (Jess Franco, 1977)

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    Lisi Tribble on the latest Criterion Now podcast. Lots of Ken talk. https://criterioncast.com/podcast/cr...ts-ken-russell
    Vortice Mortale - The Lost Highway of Horror and Cult Film

    Latest post: Voodoo Passion (Jess Franco, 1977)

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    I'd really love to see the longer version of Altered States. Ken is really underrepresented on R1 DVD.
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    Good News: The Devils is streaming on FilmStruck. Bad News: it is the 108 minute censored cut.

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    I don't wanna get my hopes up or anything but...

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    I don't wanna get my hopes up or anything but...

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    I will keep my hopes in check as well. For now...
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    -Billy Bob Thornton, 'Fargo' (2014)

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    I assume it'll be the same cut that streamed on FilmStruck.

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