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British Transport Films Box Set DVD

Various (Documentary), 1950s-80s


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Film Details

Directed by Various (Documentary)

Produced in 1950s-80s

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

By any measure, this box set, gathering together all nine volumes of the BFI’s astoundingly popular series of British Transport Films, is a wonderfully diverse collection that shows off the fruits of the British Transport Films Unit, formed in 1949 to support and promote the newly nationalised transport industries, but whose films extended far beyond this initial remit. Any collection that can boast Oscar-nominated nature films, a Stanley Holloway monologue, John Betjeman’s verse, Chris Barber’s music, Dr. Beeching, and a film narrated by a hungry litter basket (among other things), and which takes in ocean terminals, London stations, Gilbert White’s Selborne and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula (among other places) makes a positive virtue of such diversity. And there is no better collection to reveal, in details both large and small, the changes in the social history of the nation from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Anonymous on 1st November 2008
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Film Description

This amazing box contains all nine sets of the BFI's British Transport Films. It totals 2250 minutes of classic British documentary. That's 37 ˝ hours of content – a full working week of BTF!

All nine double-disc volumes of the BFI's fabulous British Transport Films archive, which forms an important and enduring record of Britain's transport heritage, are here. The films have a much wider appeal than transport and provide a unique insight into the changing social history of Britain from the 1950s to the 1980s.

With 125 films, The British Transport Films Collection covers it all. From the very first BTF film Berth 24, to rare gems such as E for Experimental, The Travolators and Old Sam the Signalman, through travelogues revealing a changing Britain like This Year London and Letter for Wales to much-loved classics like Blue Pullman, Elizabethan Express, Terminus and John Betjeman Goes by Train, there really is something here for everyone!

DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: BFI

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 1st December 2008

Cat No: BFIVD806

DVD Extras

  • 18 discs
  • Slimline cases
  • Fully illustrated booklet.

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