BFI Flipside presents
THE BLACK PANTHER (DVD + Blu-ray)
A Film by Ian Merrick
THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
Directed by Ian Merrick, this intelligent crime drama charts the infamous killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther, perpetrated across England during the mid-1970s, culminating in the kidnapping and death of a 17-year-old girl.
Told with uncommon accuracy and refraining from sensationalism, this fascinating and disturbing film fell foul of a media-driven campaign on its original cinema release which resulted in an effective ban.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Original 1980s video release trailer (2 mins, DVD only)
- Alternative French language soundtrack, with English subtitles
- Recluse (Bob Bentley, 1979, 28 mins): arresting short film based on real events, starring Maurice Denham and edited by David Gladwell
- Recluse: recce footage (1978, 8 mins): recently discovered 16mm location scouting footage shot by director Bob Bentley
- illustrated booklet with contributions from Ian Merrick, Michael Armstrong, Bob Bentley and James Oliver; original promotional artwork and full credits
UK | 1977 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 98 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)