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Public Information Films Of The British Home Front 1939-1945 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tommy Trinder, Cyril Fletcher, Charlie Chester, Old Mother Riley, Jimmy Hanley
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Strike Force Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KAIW6M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of public information films released by the Ministry of Information to bolster the Home Front during the Second World War. The compilation includes cinema trailers from famous campaigns such as 'Is Your Journey Necessary?', 'Dig for Victory', 'Make Do and Mend', 'Careless Talk Costs Lives', 'Food Flashes', 'Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases', 'You Can't Be Too Careful' and 'Look Out in the Blackout!' along with short films promoting the necessity of food rationing and greater household fuel efficiency.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By B. Gilbert on 28 Nov. 2009
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Most of the items in this collection are available on other collections and many in much better quality too
The fact that the producers have decided to add their own voice over and titles over
the start of each different chapter hasn't helped either
a very dissapointing product
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Watts on 4 Sept. 2013
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These discs contain a fascinating collection of propaganda films made for the public by the UK government (and a couple from the US). In general, the films are simply presented as they are, without significant commentary or linking material, although there a couple of brief voice overs. The films are arranged by themes, so that those concerning ration books are all grouped together, for example.

Several things astounded me. The way the government sponsored announcers talked down to the audience, addressing them as if they were all mentally defective, for example, in several films would never be allowed today. I was most intrigued by the several films about recycling, showing how to sort different recyclables into different bins for rubbish collection...I had thought that was an idea that only came in in the UK in the 21st Century. (if recyclable waste was collected in the 1940s, why did we stop?)

Other suggestions were frankly hilarious. The films encouraging city dwellers to come on a 'fun holiday' labouring on a farm without pay showed them laughing as they grubbed on their hands and knees for potatoes, and playing games of cricket in the evening. This caused my mother, who was watching with me, to supply her own voice over describing just how painful and exhausting the reality of these 'holidays' had been! As a scientist, I was more amused by the advice on what you should do if you find that a German incendiary bomb has dropped a pound of burning white phosphorus into your living room: apparently you should hide behind the door frame and throw glasses of water at it !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Winter on 10 July 2014
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I bought this DVD for help with a school project .We had to design a public information booklet for people on the home front during WWII and this DVD helped massively. Furthermore, I continued to watch it for myself because of my love for history and found it very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 19 Mar. 2014
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So there are the original films, which I had hope would be better quality and this is the let down they don't appear to have been digitally remastered and some are very poor quality. If I had seen a preview I would not have bought it. Let down by poor quality.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Holt on 19 Jan. 2010
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I gave this DVD to my brother for Christmas 2009. He is interested in all things about WWII. He has said that he is delighted with the DVD, also that some of the information films shown, which were designed to encourage the general public during WWII were quite frightening, and wouldn't be allowed to be shown today, especially to the children some of the films were designed for. It was certainly a successful gift.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Torsten on 1 Dec. 2009
Simply marvellous compilation of all known Public Information Films from the Second World War and the immediate post-war period. I have never seen such a definitive collection and many of these are unique to this comprehensive 4 and a half hour 2 - disc set. Thank you Strike Force Entertainment for this fabulous insight into the demands made of the ordinary citizen during this extraordinary time. Thoroughly recommended.
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