BFI Flipside presents
PRIVILEGE (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Peter Watkins
THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) plays Steven Shorter, the biggest pop star of his day, whose endorsement influences the actions of the masses. In reality, though, he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country's youth under control. Also starring sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton, Privilege is available in the UK for the first time since its original release.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Original Privilege trailer
- The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, 1959, 17 mins): a WW1 soldier shares his innermost feelings as he prepares for combat
- The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, 1961, 19 mins): a gripping newsreel-style account of the 1956 peoples uprising in Hungary
- Illustrated booklet with new essays by film historian Robert Murphy and Watkins specialist John Cook
UK | 1967 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 103 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
Steven Shorter, the biggest pop star of his day, is loved by millions; his approval or endorsement can guide the choices and actions of the masses. But, in reality, he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country s youth under control. Only an act of complete rebellion can set him free. Starring Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones as Shorter, and iconic Sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton as the girl who tries to help him defy the system, Privilege is the third feature from provocative British director Peter Watkins, a filmmaker who s unique verite-style and oppositional themes have met with controversy throughout his career. Remastered in High Definition and made available in the UK for the first time since its original cinema release, Privilege is presented here with two of Watkins' earliest film works. Special Features: Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras; Original Privilege trailer; The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, 1959, 17 mins): a young solider in the trenches of the First World War, preparing for combat, shares his innermost feelings in this compelling short; The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, 1961, 19 mins): a gripping newsreel-style account of the peoples uprising in Hungary, 1956, given forceful authenticity by Watkins unique approach; Extensive illustrated booklet with essays by Peter Watkins, film historian Robert Murphy, and Watkins specialist John Cook.