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Steel - A Century of Steelmaking on Film (2-DVD)

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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009XD7M4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,823 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description


Following the acclaimed box sets covering the history of Britain's coal mining and shipbuilding industries, the BFI turns its focus on the nation's steel industry.

This comprehensive double DVD box set features 20 rare documentaries, short films and animations charting the story of steel. Among the material is footage of the intrepid construction of the New Tyne Bridge in 1928 with music by Jazzfinger and the rediscovered 1945 film Steel, shot in Technicolor by award-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, it chronicles the visually spectacular process of making steel, from the iron ore to the steelworks.

While steelmaking may not have acquired the popular mythology of coalmining or shipbuilding, its pivotal role at the heart of British industry is unrivalled, and provided some evocative and poetic subject matter for filmmakers throughout the twentieth century. The films on this set bring alive the stories of the communities shaped by their steelworks, and offer a richly fascinating and often surprising view of a largely vanished way of life. For millions of people this isn t just Britain's 'industrial heritage', it's their family history.

This set includes a comprehensive illustrated booklet with film notes and essays by BFI curators and a foreword by Mark Miodownik.

Disc one

  • Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
  • His Majesty's Visit to the Clyde (1917)
  • The Building of the New Tyne Bridge (1928)
  • Steel (Civics and Commerce series) (1933)
  • Mastery of Steel (1933)
  • British Steel (1939)
  • Teeth of Steel (1942)
  • Steel (1945)
  • The Ten Year Plan (1945)
  • Common Sense about Steel (1948)
  • Mrs Worth Goes to Westminster (1949)

Disc two

  • Steel in the South Wales (1950)
  • River of Steel (1951)
  • Ingot Pictorial No 27 (1956)
  • Steel Town (1958)
  • Men of Consett (1959)
  • The Big Mill (1963)
  • Steel for the Seventies (1970)
  • Women of Steel (1984)
  • Northern Newsreel no 7 (extract) (1987)

UK / 1901-1987 / black & white, and colour / English language, silent with music / 348 mins / 2 x DVD9 / Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps) TBC / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BFI CLASSIC 24 Feb 2013
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Bought this film as most 'DVD's from the 'BFI' are very well put together and worth the money. This film is not without execption. The short documentary part of the two disc set showing the production of steel in the 40s and 50s show just how well England could manufacture quality material and provide the rest of the world.
10/10 and I hope that the British Film Industry release a few more of these gems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steelmaking 14 Mar 2013
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This is a must for anyone associated with the Steel Industry.Shows in detail many of the old pratices of steelmaking,no longer in use due to the advancing technology now being used.
This is a must have for anyone interested in Industrial history,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of steelmaking in the UK 24 May 2013
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Wonderfully evocative films of a time now gone. The video of the Tyne Bridge was enthralling, the music is best left on mute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast Furness from the past 4 Mar 2014
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Films from a time when we had a massive need for steel in the UK to make ships Lorrys cars and so on a must for any heavy engineering fan. Nice to watch but also a chance to learn.
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