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  • Actors: Kim Newman
  • Directors: Jake West, John Irvin
  • Producers: Marc Morris, Sam Dunn
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BCJTFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Respected film critic Kim Newman presents this documentary review of a number of the films featured in the BFI's 'Flipside' series. With the series specialising in showcasing some of the more obscure and hard-to-find examples of British filmmaking over the years, Newman reviews the releases to date, interspersed with clips from the films. Also includes the documentary short 'Carousella' (1966), about a group of striptease artistes, the short travelogue 'Tomorrow Night in London' (1969), and the short story 'A Spy's Wife' (1972), directed by Gerry O'Hara.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Foxley on 31 May 2010
'Kim Newman's Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema' is essentially a sampler DVD for the BFI's Flipside range, which digs out obscure gems from British cinema of the past (chiefly the 1960s and 70s) and brings them to DVD and Blu Ray in the best available quality for a whole new audience to enjoy. The main feature on this disc is Kim Newman's documentary, although what it really amounts to is Newman talking about the films in the Flipside series, interspersed with clips and vintage trailers. It's fascinating stuff, though, and certainly brought a few films to my attention that I'm intending to have a look at very soon. Also to be found on the disc are 'Carousella', John Irvin's 1966 short about a group of striptease artists, and 'Tomorrow Night In London' (exclusive to this DVD), both of which give a flavour of the city's nightlife in the sixties, plus 'The Spy's Wife' short starring Tom Bell, and an assortment of trailers. There's also an excellent booklet giving a little background information for the films featured on the disc.

For a sampler DVD of this kind, it's packed with fascinating material, some of which is unavailable elsewhere - so for anyone with an interest in classic British cult film, this is well worth the effort, and may even point you in the direction of one or two interesting films that might have slipped under your radar. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Pfleeger on 13 May 2013
It was with great pleasure that I found out that the folks at BFI were intoducing a new series dedicated to lost works of British cinema. The BFI puts together quality editions of their films and I was expecting no less here. I can say that if this sampler is any indication the new Flipside series will be a pleasure to view.

The Guide is presented by cult film critic Kim Newman and in a short thirty-seven minute runtime he introduces the first nine entries in the series.He talks quite candidly about the films and of their continuing place in British film history. From this introduction it appears that the collection will serve as a social history of late 1960's early 1970's British culture through film.

In addition to the Guide the disc contains several short films. The first Tomorrow Night In London (1969) is a five minute short by the British Travel Board extolling the swinging sixties scene. As far as I can tell this is the only place where this time capsule type short may be viewed.

Carousella (1966) is a 28 minute short that focuses on the lives of three strippers in London. The film was directed by John Irvin and was banned due to its sympathetic portrayal of stripping. The film shows how the women enjoyed their work and their lives. The short also features a clip by the Who as the houseband in one of the clubs featured. While it is quite tame now it was probably seen as quite provacative at the time.

The Spy's Wife (1972) directed by Gerry O'Hara and starring Tom Bell is an interesting take on marital infidelity within an espionage framework. While not heavily plot centered the film is amusing enough especially in its ending and would today be the fodder for a sitcom audience.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By SeaWasp on 16 Aug. 2010
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What we have here is a 37 minute add for 9 films in the BFI catalog.Kim Newman tells us about each film and there are snippets of trailers. The complete trailers can be seen in a separate trailer reel on the dvd. The "Bed Sitting Room" looked the most interesting although there are a couple of arty films, a couple of crime films and a couple of movies dealing with the swinging 60s rock world. I suppose the most interesting to me would be "Privilege" since it stars Manfred Mann's Paul Jones...but I wasn't really convinced to buy any, probably because I have had it up to my bottom lip with exploitation and art movies. "London In The Raw", "Primitive London", "The Big Switch" and "Man Of Violence" held even LESS appeal after viewing the 3 short films on this disc.

Having said that, the short films on this dvd include "Tomorrow Night In London" which is basically just a series of film clips, seldom lasting more than 4 or 5 seconds each, joined together to depict the swinging nightclub/restaurant scene in late 60s London. It runs for just under 5 minutes. "Carousela" semi-profiles 3 young strippers. Some have said that it is nothing more than a recruitment add for exotic dancers but I found it to be a total yawnfest, too long at even 25 minutes and also available as an extra of the "Primitive London" dvd. Equally tedious is "The Spy's Wife" which takes us back to the days of bad haircuts and mutton-chop sideburns. It plays like an early '70s ITV private eye show minus the star power. Unlike "Carousela", this short film is in colour. It is also included as an extra on the "All The Right Noises" dvd.

You also get a 10-page booklet detailing the three shorts. Read it before watching because it will tell you what to watch out for.. I mean, Good Lord, you wouldn't wanna miss out on seeing the poster on the wall at The Talk Of The Town headlining Bruce Forsyth. To miss it, you wouldn't wanna!

Interesting nostalgia.. but I wont be watching it more than once.
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Welcome Introduction to a New Series 13 May 2013
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It was with great pleasure that I found out that the folks at BFI were intoducing a new series dedicated to lost works of British cinema. The BFI puts together quality editions of their films and I was expecting no less here. I can say that if this sampler is any indication the new Flipside series will be a pleasure to view.

The Guide is presented by cult film critic Kim Newman and in a short thirty-seven minute runtime he introduces the first nine entries in the series.He talks quite candidly about the films and of their continuing place in British film history. From this introduction it appears that the collection will serve as a social history of late 1960's early 1970's British culture through film.

In addition to the Guide the disc contains several short films. The first Tomorrow Night In London (1969) is a five minute short by the British Travel Board extolling the swinging sixties scene. As far as I can tell this is the only place where this time capsule type short may be viewed.

Carousella (1966) is a 28 minute short that focuses on the lives of three strippers in London. The film was directed by John Irvin and was banned due to its sympathetic portrayal of stripping. The film shows how the women enjoyed their work and their lives. The short also features a clip by the Who as the houseband in one of the clubs featured. While it is quite tame now it was probably seen as quite provacative at the time.

The Spy's Wife (1972) directed by Gerry O'Hara and starring Tom Bell is an interesting take on marital infidelity within an espionage framework. While not heavily plot centered the film is amusing enough especially in its ending and would today be the fodder for a sitcom audience.

All in all this disc is a welcome start to what I hope will be a great new series of lost cinema classics. Also the price is right at less than ten dollars to make this a welcome purchase just for the shorts that it contains. Well worth checking out.
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