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  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Run Time: 264 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XEY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE COI COLLECTION VOLUME THREE
THEY STAND READY

Established in 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was a successor to the wartime Ministry of Information and was responsible for producing thousands of films which celebrated Britain, its people and their achievements.

The third volume in the COI Collection looks at Britain's Armed Forces. To help paint a positive picture of life in the Services, the COI produced morale-boosting documentaries, propaganda items and numerous recruitment films, which placed emphasis on escaping the humdrum of daily life. Join the Services, we are told, and a world of opportunity awaits you.

Highlights include: Victory Parade (1946), in which troops from all over the British Empire arrive in London to celebrate victory over the Nazis; They Stand Ready (1955), a look at the vital role of National Service; Suez in Perspective (1957), where the Suez Crisis is given a positive spin; Routine Adventure (1965), about the RAF s role in Aden; When You Wake Up (1974), a recruitment film for schoolgirls which attempts to lure them in to the Woman's Royal Army Corp (WRAC); and HMS Sheffield (1975) and Tornado (1985), big boys toys on the high seas and in the skies.

Special features

  • Egypt Today: The Anglo-French Aggression Against Egypt (1956, 11 mins): a very different story is told in this Egyptian response to British Suez propaganda
  • Fully illustrated booklet including comprehensive contextualising notes and essays
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
  • UK | 1946-1985 | black & white and colour | English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 264 minutes | DVD9 x 2 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 May 2011
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This 23-film collection has a total running time of nearly four and a half hours, and is made up of documentary, propaganda, and recruitment films.
From 1946, the first film of the collection "Victory Parade" shows troops from across the British empire arriving in London to celebrate victory over the Nazis. Made in 1985, the last film "Tornado" features a team of Tornado pilots re-enacting a military training exercise.

"Men Of The World" is a short but interesting 10-minute documentary, which features British troops on and off duty, stationed in places including Malta and Suez, firstly we see the pursuit of leisure activities including polo and sailing, then in the blink of an eye we find ourselves following soldiers patrolling in the Malay jungle, facing the dangers posed by snipers.

The 1950 film "Out Of The Groove" is a very twee recruitment film for the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC). In the 1961 recruitment film "Military Policeman" the aim is to entice 15 to 17 and a half year olds with images of learning to drive, riding motorbikes, and playing football, one parachuting scene is accompanied by the brief strains of a rock and roll soundtrack!

The BFI have yet again raided the central office of information archives to good effect, to provide a selection of films which I found to be an interesting collection.
The films have been remastered, picture and sound quality are good.

Here is a list of the films with brief details:
*DISC ONE:
Victory Parade (1946,B/W,20 mins).
Men Of The World (1950,B/W,10 mins).
Eagles Of The Fleet (1950,B/W,10 mins).
Out Of The Groove (1950,colour,10 mins).
They Stand Ready (1955,B/W,19 mins).
Suez In Perspective (1957,B/W,18 mins).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clayhole on 17 Sept. 2011
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The video bought so many memories from my time in the Junior Leaders and beyond. Brilliant. Service brilliant to. well done
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This is a rather unusual collection of films that most students of military history and armed forces will enjoy watching. First, they are not documentaries in the strict sense of the word; they are lacking in the analysis that viewers would expect of high-quality documentaries. Instead, these are public information/relations films, but produced to very high standards. The narration is simplistic but very informative; the intent of these films was to promote the British Armed Forces in their service throughout the world in the post-Second World War period. Several subjects are covered: (1) highlights of the Army in overseas garrisons; (2) the Victory Parade in London; (3) the British Armed Forces in Aden (Yemen); (4) the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean (as highlighted by the HMS Sheffield sometime in the 1970s; (5) the training of a civilian to serve in the ranks of the Royal Armoured Corps from induction to training to unit service in Germany and in the Reserve; (6) a very thorough treatment of how a RAF strike squadron plans and executes a mission during an exercise; and (7) several recruitment publicity films of various lengths. The film quality is crisp and clean throughout. These are not history documentaries; they are period films. They do provide excellent background to history texts and history documentaries though. This collection is very much a time capsule since the narration has not been edited; even the "cheesy" rock music of some of the recruiting publicity films evokes the period of the films. I'm glad that there are organizations such as the British Film Institute which have taken on the responsibility to preserve the film record. This collection is a good example of their work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ward-Ellis on 1 Aug. 2011
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I bought this for my Dads Birthday and he just loved it! He was in the Army around this time and remembered some of the places.
This was well worth the price.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. N. Livsey on 10 Sept. 2010
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I bought this DVD for one particular section called Ten Foot Tall (1964). Much of this section was shot at IJLB Oswestry and although I was there at the time, but not in the film, I do know many of the lads that are in it. It took me straight back to those days and to those comrades many of whome I am still in contact with. The coincidence is that on this day that I have been asked to write a review, is the day 47 years ago, 10 Sept 1963, that I joined the Army at the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion, Oswestry.

I would recommend this DVD on this section alone let alone the other 20 or so sections.
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By Mark H on 24 May 2014
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A pleasure to watch these recruting adverts. They reminded me when I was at a local Cinema watching Jaws and in the interlude RAF and Army recruiting adverts came on. The RAF beckoned . . . . the rest is history.
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