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Black Five [1967] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Francis Gysin, David Shepherd, Corbet Woodall
  • Directors: Paul Barnes
  • Writers: Francis Gysin, Paul Barnes
  • Producers: Francis Gysin, Robert Kruger
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 21 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017ZM0LO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,442 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The late Sixties saw the winding down of steam on Britain's rail tracks, and documentarist Paul Barnes was on hand to record its final days of operation. The engine men of the Black Five steam traction in the North West are shown at work and interviewed about the changes they face and the times they have lived through.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Ramsey on 8 Nov. 2010
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This is an unusual DVD about a very common locomotive.. so common, in fact, that it escaped much public notice until it had disappeared! The plain-jane workhorse of the LMS, it survived to the bitter end. Designed by Stanier and built from 1934 to 1954.. all 842 of them! The film is unusual because it uses the comments and conversations of drivers and other as a background audio to the rather bleak footage of the locos at work. In unprepossing overall black attire, one begins to understand what was rather special about them. 22 mins.
The second item is about David Shepherd and his efforts in capturing the essence of Black Fives on canvas. Interesting, but nothing special. 21 mins
The third item is about the King George V, a 4-6-0 built in 1927, and shows the loco in the USA at the 1927 Fair of the Iron Horse, and later on its retirement at Bulmer's Hereford siding where it was substantially renovated. 10 mins.
Overall, some interesting footage but more notable for the audio comments and experiences of those who working lives were so strongly influenced by the Black Fives.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Phraser on 8 Oct. 2008
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I don't have the DVD, but I do have the video. This is a wonderfully evocative and detailed glimpse of the very last days of this famous locomotive class. They are on their last legs, worn out and ready for scrap - but they remain dignified to the end. This BFI-sponsored film is a true 'fly on the wall' examination of a time now lost - a documentary without commentary, to make of what you will. As well as the locomotives, it features the men of the footplate and vividly portrays their love / hate relationship with these giants of the steam era. Highly recommended, this DVD is both short and sweet and I treasure my copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Russell on 26 Sept. 2010
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This is a great purchase which gives an insight into what was great about steam trains, and what was not so great. It gives a real feel of what it must have been like to witness a changing of the world. Personally, I love diesel trains, but it is interesting to see a vanished world where success was measured in terms of delivering trains on time despite the shortcomings of steam traction.
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For anyone who not only has nostalgia for the 'Golden Age' of steam but also remembers when their living room had one of David Shepherd's pictures of wild elephants charging, this video is for you! Shepherd managed to get into the steam locomotive's 'elephant graveyards' at Nine Elms in London to paint these fast-rusting monsters before they were cut up into scrap metal, and Paul Barnes captures these sad scenes magnificently.
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