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  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EAKWD4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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NATIONAL COAL BOARD COLLECTION VOLUME 1

PORTRAIT OF A MINER

From intimate drama-documentaries and sublime safety cartoons to the sheer pleasure of the topical tales to be discovered within the Mining Review cinemagazine, this collection is a beguiling invitation into the domestic, community and working life of miners and their families.

In stories from the coalfields of Scotland, Wales and England - from pit ponies to brass bands, industrial accidents to the five-day week - this set presents over five hours of remastered material, and contains an extensive booklet featuring newly commissioned contributions from writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), and curators and specialists in industrial filmmaking.

Warning: King Coal contains light patterns which may be harmful to viewers susceptible to epileptic seizures

UK | 1947-1978 | black and white, and colour | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 347 minutes | 2 x DVD9 | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

Disc One

  • Mining Review 1st Year No.1 - Cutter Loader | Five Day Week | The Miner's Song (1947, B/W, 8 mins)
  • King Coal (1948, colour, 3 mins)
  • Nines Was Standing (1950,, B/W, 18 mins)
  • Miners Health Centre (1948, B/W, 2 mins)
  • Mining Review 2nd Year No 10 - Replanning A Coalfield (1949, B/W, 10 mins)
  • Mining Review 2nd Year No 12 - Holiday Camp | Beside The Sea | Up River | Pitmen's Derby (1949, B/W, 10 mins)
  • Plan For Coal (1952, B/W, 19 mins)
  • The Shovel (1953, B/W, 17 mins)
  • 'Time Out' from Mining Review 7th Year No.8 (1954, B/W, 3 mins)
  • 'Balletomines' from Mining Review 7th Year No.12 (1954, B/W, 3 mins)
  • 'Hungarians in Britain' from Mining Review 10th Year No.8 (1957, B/W, 4 mins)
  • New Power In Their Hands (1959, B/W, 21 mins)
  • Mining Review 13th Year No 4 - The Art Of Mining | Speaking Through Coal | Mounted Minors | Record Pit (1959, B/W, 10 mins)
  • 'Stormy Genius' from Mining Review 13th Year No.8 (1960, B/W, 2 mins)
  • Arthur Clears the Air (1961, colour, 30 mins)
  • 'Whitehaven Whippets' from mining Review 15th Year No.7 (1962, B/W, 3 mins)
  • Mining Review 16th Year No 6 - A Story From South Wales (1963, B/W, 10 mins)

Disc Two

  • Songs of The Coalfields (1964, B/W, 14 mins)
  • Big Job (1965, colour, 2 mins)
  • Portrait of a Miner (1966, B/W, 28 mins)
  • Nobody's Face (1966, B/W, 19 mins)
  • The First Adventures of 'Thud And Blunder' (1964, colour, 3 mins)
  • Mining Review 20th Year No 9 Marilyn | Out Of Darkness | North Star (1967, B/W, 10 mins)
  • Hands, Knees and Bumps A Daisy (1969, colour, 4 mins)
  • Mining Review 22nd Year No 5 She (1969, B/W, 10 mins)
  • What About That Job? (Case Studies For Management No 1) (1970, B/W, 5 mins)
  • The Bother Breeder (Case Studies For Management No 4) (1970, B/W, 5 mins)
  • Man Failure (1971, colour, 17 mins)
  • I'll See You (Too Late Now No 2) (1976, colour, 2 mins)
  • A Beautiful Memory (Too Late Now No 3) (1976, colour, 2 mins)
  • You Pick the Moment (Too Late Now No 4) (1976, colour, 2 mins)
  • Miners (1976, colour, 24 mins)
  • Review 32nd Year No 1 - Band Fever (1978, colour, 10 mins)
  • 40 Years On (1978, colour and B/W, 19 mins)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2010
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These short films, providing over 5 hours of viewing, were made between 1947-78, and feature a wide range of topics, including health and safety provision and advice, plus the working and social/domestic lives of the miners, also, the demands of management for increased production and more efficiency.
We follow the miners on their journey, beginning with the descending cage, then riding along on the often long journey to the Pit face, here, we often see the fitting of pit props, and the introduction of more efficient coal producing machinery.

The wide span of the films also allow varied coverage of subjects, from work related advice (how to use a shovel!) and the odd educational cartoon, to Pit Ponies and whippet racing. The great comradeship of the miners also shines through. The stories come from England, Scotland, and Wales. Understandably, about the only thing missing from these films is a certain ingredient - the legendary "Pit language", although there is brief nudity.
This is an interesting historical and social record of the miners lives, and the mines.

Here is a list of the films with brief details:

Mining Review 1st Year No.1 - Cutter Loader/Five Day Week/The Miner's Song.(1947,B/W,8 mins)
King Coal.(1948/colour/3 mins)
Nines Was Standing.(1950,B/W,18 mins)
Miners Health Centre.(1948,B/W,2 mins)
Mining Review 2nd Year No 10 - Replanning A Coalfield.(1949,B/W,10 mins)
Mining Review 2nd Year No 12 - Holiday Camp/Beside The Sea/Up River/Pitmen's Derby.(1949,B/W,10 mins)
Plan For Coal.(1952,B/W,19 mins)
The Shovel.(1953,B/W,17 mins)
Time Out.(1954,B/W,3 mins)
Balletomines.(1954,B/W,3 mins)
Hungarians In Britain.(1957,B/W,4 mins)
New Power In Their Hands.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julian Lowerson on 21 Sept. 2010
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Travel round many of the old British mining areas today and it's hard to imagine the scale of the mining industry fifty years and more ago - an industry that employed tens of thousands and was the heart and soul of many of our industrial communities. After doing a little research into the County Durham mining, I came across `Portrait of a Miner' and decided to take a chance.

The contents are an eclectic collection of the mining review (what today we would call a magazine program, produced by the National Coal Board) and sundry other informational programs covering technical, business and social aspects of mining and mining communities from the 1940's to the late 1970's. In total, there is over three and a half hours of footage although the individual programs are quite short - ranging from five to fifteen or so minutes. As well as mining coal, you will see singing, dancing, ponies, pigeons, brief nudity and learn the intimate details of selecting and using a shovel. The styles are as varied as the contents including black and white, color, animation, news-like narration, interviews and rather cheesy dramatizations.

Released by the BFI, Volume One (...which suggests that more are planned), is a two DVD set, packaged in the usual way and comes with a very nicely produced booklet (50+ pages) covering the background to the material. All has been remastered and within the limits of the original material, I found the picture and sound quality throughout very good. Overall this is a good quality package, nicely produced and nicely presented.

The appeal of the material is obviously specific. Clearly this will appeal to anyone interested in the modern history of the mining industry. There is also some technical information, but it really doesn't go into too much detail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Beer on 13 April 2013
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As an ex miner I enjoyed this . I can still remember watching some of the films whilst I was a trainee. I would recamend this to anyone who has an interest in mining or social history. This was volume 1 I hope that there is a volume 2 if so I shall purchase this imediately. This was from my point of view money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Price on 12 July 2014
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Excellent especial for people who had worked in the Mining Industry, brought back for me many great times & memory's. I started as a Poney Drive in 1957 went to night school & finally got my Mine Manager Certificate in 1967.
Managed serve real mines in Australia.
It would have a wide range of interest for anyone associated with mining, especially in the Old Country. Thank you for an excellent presentation.
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For the life of the Nationalised coal industry monthly film features were released free of charge for showing in cinemas, in fewer cinemas as the mines declined. This DVD contains some complete ten minute films, some excerpts and some longer more detailed documentaries.

The subject matter is sometimes technical but usually aimed at a general audience, and always beautifully photographed. While based upon what they heard miners talking about, the filmed miners are scripted (and it shows) but that isn't a big problem. So sad to hear of enough coal for generations when there was so little time left.

The 15 certificate on the box is for one documentary aimed at reducing pit accidents- which shows a man injured. This one documentary would also today be thought of as somewhat sexist as the accident is said to be due to inattention whilst mind on females.
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