The Party's Over DVD+Blu-ray

Guy Hamilton, 1965

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Film Details

Directed by Guy Hamilton

Produced in 1965

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

The BFI's wholly admirable excavation of neglected and once-censored British movies continues to unearth and rescue hard-to-find and little-seen Britfilms, showcasing them in wonderful Blu-ray transfers. Here we're given world premiere releases of two mid-Sixties gems: Gerry O'Hara's largely unseen Swinging Sixties opus The Pleasure Girls (1965), featuring Francesca Annis, Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski, and, most cherishably, an uncensored pre-release cut of Guy Hamilton's long-banned and controversial The Party's Over, which so upset the British censors (worried about the influence of counter-culture on the cinema-going public). In fact, director Guy Hamilton (of Goldfinger fame) was obliged to remove his name from the credits. This never-before-seen version is truly fascinating, and reminds us how we (thankfully) live in a far more liberal age. There are copious additional features and illustrated booklets, and detail of the cuts the films were subjected to. Now, BFI, what about David Greene's fascinating (and equally neglected) The Strange Affair, with Michael York?

Barry Forshaw on 18th May 2010
Author of 630 reviews

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Film Description

An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish 'beatniks', with her involvement involving wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.

When young American, Melina (Louise Sorel), falls in with a group of Chelsea beatniks, she catches the attention of the gang's defiant leader, Moise (Oliver Reed), but invites scorn and jealousy from the group's other members, including Moise's lover Libby (Ann Lynn). At one wild and drunken party, the group's games are taken too far, and tragedy follows, but only when Melina's fiancé, Carson (Clifford David), begins investigating does the terrible truth reveal itself.

Originally banned by the censors for its controversial content, The Party's Over has long been out of circulation, despite being helmed by James Bond director Guy Hamilton and the presence of some of Britain's most celebrated acting talent.

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 94 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 2

Released: 17th May 2010

Cat No: BFIB1057

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Dual Format Edition with both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and extras
  • Remastered to High Definition
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Alternative theatrical release cut (Blu-ray only)
  • Alternative theatrical release sequences (DVD only)
  • The Party (R A Ostwald, 1962, 16 mins): a time-capsule short about an art school get-together, with drinking, dancing and romance
  • Emma (Anthony Perry, 1964, 12 mins): an expressive meditation on the loss of innocence and the certainty of death, from the producer of The Party’s Over
  • Illustrated booklet featuring contributions by Guy Hamilton, Andrew Roberts, William Fowler and Vic Pratt.

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“A feast of cinematic delights”
by R Liffen on 21st May 2010

Seen from the perspective of 2010, you wonder what all the fuss was about. Was this portrayal of 'beatnik' life by articulate, well-spoken, middle-class actors really ... Read on

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