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:
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).
Musicians In The Making (1958,B/W,4 mins).
Military Policeman (1961,colour,7 mins).
Ten Foot Tall (1964,colour,20 mins).
Winged Horizons (1965,colour,11 mins).
Egypt Today: The Anglo-French Aggression Against Egypt (1956,B/W,12 mins).
Voyage North (1965,colour,21 mins).
Routine Adventure (1965,colour,13 mins).
Army Summer Of 1968 (1968,B/W,30 secs).
Exercise Enterprise (1968,B/W,4 mins).
Best Of Both Worlds (1971,colour,18 mins).
Community Relations Officer (1974,colour,3 mins).
When You Wake Up (1974,colour,17 mins).
Ark Royal (c1970,colour,30 secs).
HMS Sheffield (1975,colour,20 mins).
Tornado Trailer (1985,colour,2 mins).
Royal Navy Amazon (c1980,colour,30 secs).
Tornado (1985,colour,29 mins).
*Fully illustrated 36-page booklet, which contains full details of all the films, plus notes and essays.
*Dolby Digital mono audio.
The 2 discs are stored in a single-size DVD case.