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Tales from the Shipyard [DVD]

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  • Directors: various
  • Format: Box set, HiFi Sound, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZ6IFA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


TALES FROM THE SHIPYARD: Britain s shipbuilding heritage on film


From scenes of jubilant workers celebrating spectacular launches in the early 1900s, to King George V and Queen Mary's morale-boosting trip to Northern England's shipyards in the tail end of the Great War; from Sean Connery's perspective on Glasgow's industrial relations in The Bowler and the Bunnet (1967) - which he also directed - to lyrical documentaries in celebration of industrial might such as Shipyard (Paul Rotha, 1935) and the Oscar-winning Seawards the Great Ships (Hilary Harris, 1960), this collection celebrates Britain s shipbuilding heritage through celebrated documentaries, lesser-known cinematic gems, and emotive actuality films.

The early silent films on this set feature newly-commissioned, semi-improvised piano scores by the celebrated silent film pianist, Stephen Horne. This DVD is the second of the BFI s series celebrating Britain s industrial heritage, launched with Portrait of a Miner: National Coal Board Collection Volume 1.

Extra Features:

  • New piano scores by Stephen Horne for the silent films
  • Interview with Sean Connery (1967, 10 mins extract): Sean Connery discusses his views on labour relations, after making The Bowler and the Bunnet
  • Fully illustrated booklet with new essays and notes on all of the films, with contributions from BFI curators, Sir Sean Connery, and others

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when Britain built ships ? 23 Mar 2011
As I write this, there is only one other review for the set and the reviewer was clearly not too impressed. I have a rather different view so felt inclined to provide an alternative perspective ... it will be interesting to see where the balance of opinion eventually lies.

The contents are described quite adequately on the web page so I won't repeat it, suffice to say it is an miscellaneous collection of pieces from as far back as 1900 to the late 1960's, featuring ship-launching, building, engineering, and some related topice. Included are early newsreel, docudrama, industrial films (BP & the British Iron & Steel Federation) amongst others, and provides a range of styles and technical content. The packaging and quality is excellent - as we have come to expect from BFI.

As an engineer with an interest in industrial history, I found this set quite exceptional, simply for the detailed presentation of the way things were done 50 or 100 years ago. Chain making by hand, forging, lofting, reversing mills and hot riveting - all as done in a bygone era, even in the submerged arc welding, the excess flux is being vacuumed manually !

The individual pieces are naturally a product of their time so some of the styles seem dated, and some of the quality of the earlier pieces is quite poor - not a criticism of BFI but a complement - I suspect this rare footage would never see the light of day again except in a collection such as this.

I highly recommend it. For over 8 hours of classic material on such a specialist topic is well worth the price asked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 31 Jan 2012
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my 90 year old father. He served his apprenticeship at Cammell Laird's shipyard in the 1930s and went on to spend his entire career in shipping, so he obviously knows ship building inside out. He loved this DVD, so I'd recommend this to anyone else.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipyard History 24 Mar 2011
This was bought as a birthday gift for someone with an interest in the History of Shipbuilding and was therefore of much interest from a historical and engineering point of view. The old footage of shipyard workers would make present day Health and Safety cringe. A nostalgic look at when Britain had heavy engineering and many shipyards. It was much enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Sep 2014
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Great collection of films from the boat building past. The wooden hulled boats in WWII was a delight.
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