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The General Post Office Film Unit Collection Vol.3 - If War Should Come [DVD]

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  • Directors: Various Artists
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BFI
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 271 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UL7SJO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A selection of restored vintage shorts made for theatrical release, originally produced by the GPO Film Unit shortly before the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. The shorts explain the civil defence precautions to be followed by householders in the event of war and were designed to instil calm and restore confidence at a time of great anxiety and concern.

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General Post Office Film Unit Collection Vol.3 - If War Should Come

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Jewel In The BFI Crown 24 Nov 2010
By Colin Smith "keep on running" TOP 500 REVIEWER
This excellent collection of short films covers the years between 1939-41, and as the title on the cover suggests, this collection shows Britain preparing for war, and shows the lives of people during such times as the Blitz.
Details of how the country's infrastructure would cope, including the upholding of law and order in such terrible times is shown, along with food production and supply, with the lives of the islanders of Eriskey, Guernsey, and Inner Farne also covered, also, a film about the Merchant Ship the SS Ionian is shown, while back home, the Christmas of 1940 also features.
This is just a selection of the subjects covered here.

This is a 2-disc collection of 18 films, running times ranging from 6 to 24 minutes, featuring good picture and sound quality, with English subtitles.

Here is a list of the films with brief details (All films are in black and white, and are shot on 35mm film).

The City - A Film Talk By Sir Charles Bressey (18 mins/1939).
The Islanders (21 mins/1939).
Spare Time (14 mins/1939).
A Midsummer Day's Work (12 mins/1939).
SS Ionian (20 mins/1939).
If War Should Come (9 mins/1939).
The First Days (22 mins/1939).
War Library Items 1, 2 and 3 (10 mins/1939).

Squadron 992 (23 mins/1940).
La Cause Commune (11 mins/1940).
French Communique (16 mins/1940).
The Front Line (6 mins/1940).
Men Of The Lightship (24 mins/1940).
London Can Take It!/Britain Can Take It! (9/8 mins/1940).
Spring Offensive (19 mins/1940).
The Story Of An Air Communique (6 mins/1940).
War And Order (11 mins/1940).
Christmas Under Fire (9 mins/1941).

*Britain Can Take It!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended buy! 8 Aug 2009
I was fortunate to receive all three volumes in this series as an unexpected gift, and I must say all three are compulsive viewing. Very informative and well produced for the 1930's. Amongst the producers and camera operators is the highly respected John Grierson, who was way ahead of his time with his filming techniques!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Issue 4 Sep 2009
By J. Wise
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With the 70th Anniversary of war being declared, a time when I was approaching my third birthday,this is a very timely issue. This covers the sort of world I grew up in, an era where you had to do something about things and not just wait for someone else to do them.
It shows the high artistic & technical level of these GPO films, catching the realism of people & situations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are we downhearted? 23 Sep 2010
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This collection is simply a gem. It gives an invaluable guide to how the Government prepared for a war that they surprisingly knew was imminent. Even duing Chamberlain's Appeasement and the Munich Agreement it is apparent that war was inevitable.

Parts of it are a touch chilling especially when we see the air-raid precautions being set up in London. Within eighteen months, London was ablaze and doubtless all the hard work with preparations helped to a great degree. It is difficult for us to imagine how awful the thought of total war must have been to the civilian population.

When we get to the actual war and in particular the Blitz you can see with great clarity how dreadful it must have been. The two films, "London Can Take it" and "Christmas Under Fire" are astounding. I defy anyone not to shed a little tear at the Christmas one. These two films were made with the intention of showing to an American audience and are written and narrated by eminent US journalist, Quentin Reynolds.

Don't be surprised if some of the footage is familiar to you, this is because a lot of it has been used as stock footage for films and documentaries.

If the history of this contry interests you at all, you have to have this collection or if even you know nothing about the second world war, this is truly worth having. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It did 15 Feb 2011
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An interesting collection of films of varying levels of attainment. It's fascinating to see the change in style of the films from the more experimental output under Grierson to the more straightforward approach under JB Holmes.
My only gripe with this series is that since the same films reappear in all the collections, you end up with multiple copies of some items, just to get your hands on something you're really interested in.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The GPO film unit collection Vol 3 9 May 2010
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I purchased all three volumes of the GPO Film Unit Collection, a total running time of eleven and a half hours. Each volume is very well presented a slip case that includes a comprehensive, illustrated booklet.
I have seen some of the films in the past and am looking forward to viewing them again, I am sure the titles new to me will not disappoint.
For anyone interested in mid-twentieth century British documentary films this is an excellent opportunity to catch up on some rarely seen delights. Highly recommended, good price, fast delivery, no problems.
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