The BFi has announced the Blu-ray and DVD titles it will be releasing in April 2017.
17 April sees the first ever DVD and Blu-ray release of Imperial War Museum’s German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. This hugely important film documents the liberation of Belsen and other concentration camps by Allied forces in Spring 1945. The production was originally shelved by the Ministry of Information in 1945, before being restored and reconstructed by IWM in 2014. The story of this extraordinary documentary was itself the subject of the Emmy-winning film Night Will Fall (which was released by the BFI in 2014). This Special Archival Edition has been produced in collaboration with IWM and contains the museum’s restoration, plus substantial extra features and some previously unseen footage that help to contextualise the film; a perfect-bound book, and commentary.
Out on 24 April will be the first ever Blu-ray release of the celebrated, low-budget, British movie Letter to Brezhnev. Set in 1980s Liverpool, it tells the tale of two local women who meet a couple of Russian sailors on a night out. Made by writer Frank Clarke and director Chris Bernard, this newly remastered comedy is an evocative portrait of Thatcher-era Britain with a wonderful cast including Margi Clarke, Alexandra Pigg, Peter Firth and Alfred Molina. The Dual Format Edition will feature a making-of documentary, new filmed interviews with actors Alexandra Pigg and Peter Firth, three audio commentaries featuring Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke and Chris Bernard, and a fully illustrated booklet that will include a new essay by Frank Clarke.
Also being released on 24 April are two silent rediscoveries that have recently premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.
The Informer is one of the finest British films of the silent era. This new restoration by the BFI National Archive includes a new score by violist/composer Garth Knox. This Dual Format Edition also includes the sound version that was made alongside the silent version in 1929.
The Goddess (DVD) is an iconic silent classic from China, featuring a devastating performance from one of the most famous Chinese actresses of the period, Ruan Lingyu. This will be the first time the film has been made available in the UK.
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