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Children's Film Foundation Collection: Runaways (Johnny on the Run | Hide and Seek | Terry on the Fence ) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Robin Askwith, Terence Morgan, Gary Kemp, John Laurie, Sydney Tafler
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert, David Eady, Frank Godwin
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I5PO81O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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CHILDREN'S FILM FOUNDATION COLLECTION: RUNAWAYS
Johnny on the Run | Hide and Seek | Terry on the Fence

Three films about teens and tearaways. Starring Robin Askwith, Terence Morgan and Gary Kemp, and directed by such celebrated filmmakers as Lewis Gilbert (You Only Live Twice, Educating Rita, Alfie)

For over 30 years the Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Newly transferred from the best available elements held in the BFI National Archive, these much-loved and fondly remembered films finally return to the screen - after many years out of distribution - in this specially curated DVD release from the BFI.

Johnny on the Run a superb early work by illustrious British director Lewis Gilbert which follows orphaned Polish refugee Janek who runs into trouble in the shape of two scheming thieves. Starring popular character actor Sydney Tafler (Carve Her Name with Pride, The Spy who Loved Me) as a cunning spiv, and featuring an appearance from John Laurie (The 39 Steps, Dad's Army), Johnny on the Run is an action-packed adventure with a remarkable performance from its young lead.

Hide and Seek (dir. David Eady) stars a teenage Gary Kemp (The Krays) as do-gooding Chris, who becomes entangled with a borstal escapee known locally as the Deptford Dodger. With friend Bev, Chris traces the ungrateful Dodger's disreputable dad. With Roy Dotrice and Robin Askwith in supporting roles, this thriller is among the best of the Foundations 1970s output.

In Terry on the Fence (dir. Frank Godwin), when 11 year-old protagonist runs away from home he only intends to put the wind up his parents. But a gang of older bullies, led by the tough Les, soon draw him into their daunting world of break-ins and stolen goods. Based on a book by author Bernard Ashley, Terry on the Fence goes far beyond the concept of goodies and baddies, to the ambiguity at the heart of Terry's moral dilemma.

Special Features

  • Brand new High Definition transfers of all films
  • Fully illustrated booklet including contributions by Gary Kemp, Bernard Ashley, Neville Watson and Rachel Moseley

UK | 1953 + 1972 + 1985 | black & white, and colour | English language | 68 mins + 62 mins + 70 mins | DVD9 | Dolby Digital mono 2.0 (320kbps) | Original aspect ratios 1.33:1 + 1.85:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 0 DVD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luke73 on 24 April 2014
Format: DVD
There are so many Children's film foundations 'titles' to choose from, yet they included yet another repetitive 'Hide and Seek' on DVD again albeit a cleaner version. Big deal. It's bad enough the DVD volumes are being released at a very slow snail's pace at around twice a year with usually just 3 titles. C'mon BFI step up the pace!!

The theme of this volume is called Runaways. Interesting film choices. Johnny on the run; Hide and Seek; Terry on the fence. 'Johnny on the Run' and 'Hide and Seek' are easily the best of the three. However I would have preferred the runaway/thriller theme 'One hour to Zero' instead of the reissued 'Hide and Seek'.

The sixth volume will be released in September 2014 under the theme OUTER SPACE which will include the films: 'Glitter Ball' 'Supersonic Saucer' and 'Kadoyng'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sir hilary on 13 Nov. 2014
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hello, everybody,

i write to all cff lovers, because in germany are great thrilling six cff-movies with english language
for buying there in amazon.de.
Five on a Treasure Island (Die Sache mit der Schatzinsel)
Five Clues to Fortune (Geheimsache fünf)
Valley of the Kings (Im Tal der Könige)
Beware of the Dog (Achtung: Bissiger Hund)
The Carringford School Mystery (Die Halskette)
The Young Jacobites (Die jungen Jakobiter)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Rowley-brooke on 12 May 2014
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Three quite different films but all under the aegis of the CFF title of Runaways. The best to my mind is the oldest & first - Johnny on the Run - about a Polish refugee who's placed with a money-grubbing foster mother & who runs away to a displaced childrens community; he quickly settles down but still hankers after a return to Poland. I'm amazed that the leading actor never appeared in other films as he carries this film even in the presence of other rather well known actors. Hide & Seek with a young Gary Kemp in the lead is nearly as good. He plays a warm-hearted teen who helps a runaway from a juvenile detention facility not only to overcome finding out that his crook father has no time for him but also that some people are genuinely good. The third, Terry on the Fence, shows the maturing of children's films from straight black & white situations to a much greyer aspect where an immature boy who runs away from home purely to punish his parents ends up being forced to commit a crime by a gang leader & to face reality. A great DVD that has been, on the whole, remastered well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 April 2014
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Runaways is another very good release in the BFI series of films from the Children's Film Foundation. There are three roughly hour-long films, each from a different decade from the 60s to the 80s, and each highlighting moral difficulties involving children in different circumstances thrown together by fate. Often there is limited understanding from the adult world, and it is left to the children to take the `brave' path while hiding this from well-intentioned adults. It is part of the subtlety of the films that this often has quite a resonance, as the children may also be naively unrealistic. In Johnny On The Run, it is the children who are able to see beyond the red tape and do their utmost to get money to Janek to enable him to get back to his native Poland, but equally the viewer feels there is only disillusion waiting for him there. Nevertheless it is surely a better option than going back to his awful foster-mother in Edinburgh. The optimistic ending capitulates to wish-fulfilment, which seems totally justified after the balance of the adventure thus far. It is a children's film, after all ... It is shot in black and white and captures the beauty of the Scottish landscape and also of Edinburgh in the early scenes.

In Hide and Seek there is a similar moral quandry, albeit with a less endearing, less sentimentally presented outsider-figure in the central role. Here the happy resolution seems to imply a morphing of two friends into siblings, carried over in the booklet, that appears to be genuinely muddled. The policeman is not Chris's father, but Bev's, as is made clear in the scene in the shop with his mother and the policeman, and the scenes in the street and at home, where Bev calls him Dad.
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By Trevoq on 12 Jun. 2014
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The children's Film foundation production have always been a pure delight and. These 3 where no exception to the rule
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By jacoby on 5 Nov. 2014
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Best of these was Johnny on the run. Its also the oldest of the three films on offer here. The others are more up to date and in colour.
I go for the more dated stories and films. All are worth a look, but all in all its not the best of the Childrens Film Foundation set, but I still liked them
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