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Best of Austin cars in 1950s DVD A30 A35 A40 A50 J40

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B007XDDR3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,036 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Best of AUSTIN in 1950s DVD. A compilation of classic original promotional films from the Austin archives remastered for DVD. Austin Jubilee 1905-55 (10 minutes): Celebrations for the Austin Jubilee at Longbridge. The elegance of a Vintage Car Club rally contrasts with the excitement of a J40 pedal car race, all culminating in a cavalcade of Austin products and personalities of the period. Round the World in 21 Days (1951) (21 minutes): Alan Hess, head of publicity, organised a series of daring publicity stunts to promote Austin Cars in the all important post-war export market. In this case a Jenson bodied A40 sports car achieved its round-the-world feat in 21 days rather than the planned 30 thanks to the assistance of a KLM cargo plane. I am a Car (1954) (17 minutes): A charming period film made for the launch of the Austin A40 and the A50 Cambridge. Rigorous testing of prototypes precedes a detailed look at the new Longbridge production lines while the potential joys of ownership were extolled. Making the Most of it (1956) (12 minutes): The new Austin A35 takes part in an economy run round southern England and the Midlands under the keen eye of RAC observers. In a time of oil crises, fuel efficiency was seen as a valuable selling-point. Tests Such As These (1956) (10 minutes): The capabilities of the new range of BMC engines and cars are demonstrated as we travel 25,000 miles on continental highways at an average speed of 60 miles per hour. They Work Again (1957) (16 minutes): A rare glimpse into the Bargoed factory in South Wales which was established to provide work for disabled miners. The highlight is undoubtedly the sequence showing the assembly and painting of J40 pedal cars. Including Period Cinema Adverts. Total running time 1 Hour 28 minutes approximately.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ban the logo! 17 Oct 2013
By A. McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Why three stars? I bought a similar VHS version of this, 'Austin in Fifties', from the Heritage Motor Centre in 2005. Great! I loved it. I thought, ok, I'll buy what appeared to be the updated version, this time on DVD. It arrived no problems, When I played it however, for some reason they've now decided to put a 'dog' (digital on-screen graphic) or logo in the top left hand corner of the screen. So you'll be seeing 'HMF' all the way through, not so in the cassette version. It wouldn't be too bad if it was ghosted, but it's full on and far too big and in my opinion spoils the films.

Well, that's my rant over, but If you're not bothered by logos, then the films are very interesting, great nostalgia and without the logo, definitely 5 stars.

A Similar DVD which you may like to try (but with no logos) is: In The News: Austin Around Britain . Also very good.
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