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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HK0JI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,827 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Second collection of 1970s public information films from the Central Office of Information, featuring more than 150 short films, both animated and live-action.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By S. Lilley on 14 Oct. 2010
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Volume One
Rude On The Road (1959)
Take Death Off The Roads (1960)
Road Hog - Don't Be Rude On The Road (1960)
When In The Country (1963)
Dinosaur (1968)
Safeguarding Water Supplies (1965)
Jo And Petunia - Coastguard (1968)
Iced Ponds (1969)
Pelican Motorist (1969)
Pelican Pedestrians (1969)
Tell Mummy (1969)
Don't Talk To Strangers (1969)
Tidy Up At Night (1969)
Frost Warning (1969)
Beware Fog (1969)
Prevent Smog (1969)
Jobs For Young Girls (1970)
Jobs For Early School Leavers (1970)
Paraffin Heaters (1970)
Coastguard's Job (1970)
Changing Plans (1970)
Jo And Petunia - Water Safety (Flags) (1970)
Jobs For Women (1970)
Polystyrene Tiles (1970)
Motorway Fog (1970))
Jo And Petunia - Country Code (1971)
Children And Disused Fridges (1971)
Abrasive Wheels (1971)
Teenagers Learn To Swim (1972)
Lifting Safely (1972)
Young Workers - Fooling About (1973)
Young Workers - Machinery (1973)
Charley - Matches (1973)
Charley - Falling In The Water (1973)
Charley - In The Kitchen (1973)
Charley - Teapots (1973)
Charley - Strangers (1973)
Charley - Mummy Should Know (1973)
Under 5's - How To Cross The Roads (English) (1973)
Under 5's - How To Cross The Roads (Welsh) (1973)
Under 5's - Ice Cream Van (1973)
Under 5's - Playing Near The Road (1973)
Under 5's - Don't Dash In The Road (1973)
Under 5's - Shopping (1973)
Jo And Petunia - Worn Tyres (1973)
Junction Lanes (1974)
Baby Walkers (1974)
Jeremy's Toothache (1975)
Caravan Instability (1976)
Green Cross Code - Tony Gets It Right (1976)
Door Chain (1976)
Flying Motorbikes (1977)
Dazzling Man (1978)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hall on 17 July 2006
A great way to see all the PIFs released by Network in one place. Of note is that Volume 1 has been changed slightly so that random play has been removed, the index to films is better organised and for the first time you can move between each PIF with the next button on your DVD remote which didn't work on the original release. A great value buy. Here's hoping for Volume 3!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. D. Rowley on 15 April 2008
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I'd echo the other positive reviews here. If you're something of a Generation X'er, whether at the high end or the low end of the age range, this will bring back memories and generally wrap you up in a warm blanket of childhood nostalgia. Sure, there are plenty of PIFs on the discs which fall outside of the golden era of the seventies which most will probably buy it for, but they're quite cool in their own way too.

I used to own the VHS versions of these when they first came out as Charley Says and Charley Live, and it's nice to see that some well-remembered omissions from these two releases have been corrected on these DVD discs- at least three of the popular missing PIFs I remember have been added, along with one or two others which sparked some recognition though I didn't know them all that well from memory.

This collection isn't perfect, however- there is one missing PIF I can remember seeing quite well as a child, concerning overtaking bicycles, which I know almost word for word. I had hoped that would be here but it isn't. Also, as others have stated, disc 2 seems to be the weaker of the two. I noticed that the PIFs on disc 1 had been more carefully edited, having equalised sound levels and fade-outs at the end, whereas disc 2 has wildly variable sound levels, a few foreign langauge PIFs that could have been omitted without any worries and no fade-outs, which may seem a little thing but does really make disc 1 seem altogether smoother. Still, there are some gems on disc 2.

There's been some criticism of the amount of RAF ads included here, but I can't entirely agree- yes, they're pretty dull to view, but to be fair the COI is increasingly tasked with producing ads for the armed forces so they are kind of relevent.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By rm05 on 28 Nov. 2006
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A good value for money double disc set, featuring a huge assortment of (often hilarious) nostalgia from a different era. (Better or worse depends on your opinion). Britain was a simpler place, yet many of these messages are every bit as valid today as back then, and the better clips are still hard-hitting when watched now.

The first disc is undoubtedly the best, featuring most of the best-known PIFs. One or two of the road safety ones feature real stunt actors and make you wonder how they got away with doing what they did!

The second disc is much less essential and features a large number of more obscure (though worthwhile) older b+w clips - mostly featuring the same actor - and a few that aren't really PIFs, more RAF recruitment ads. It also feature a couple of Spanish PIFs, suggesting they were running out of material. Even so, there are some classics in amongst them. Sadly, the audio levels are very inconsistent on this disc.

I would like to have seen a selectable title and year caption available via subtitles on both these discs as this would have been useful, but neither have subtitles.

Recommended for all who grew up in the 1970s and early-80s, especially nostalgia fans.
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