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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GINB9B2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,388 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE BRITISH TRANSPORT FILMS COLLECTION VOLUME 12
THE DRIVING FORCE

Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, British Transport Films was led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey a founding father of the British documentary movement and became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

Volume twelve in this series of double-DVD sets presents a selection of previously unreleased films that look at the improvements, developments and new services offered by British Transport in the post-war period. Highlights include Future Works (1969), an enthralling tour of the Swindon railway workshops, and Partners in Prosperity (1982), which outlines plans for a truly modern integrated road and rail transport structure in Scotland.

This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike.

Films

  • Disc One
  • Bridge of Song (1955, 15 mins)
  • Joe Brown at Clapham (1965, 15 mins)
  • Diesel Power On British Railways (1965, 8 mins)
  • Rail Report 6: The Good Way to Travel (1965, 19 mins)
  • The Driving Force (1966, 24 mins)
  • Speedrail to the South (1967, 11 mins)
  • Contact with the Heart of England (1967, 9 mins)
  • Disc Two
  • Freight Flow (1969, 21 mins)
  • The Future Works (1969, 21 mins)
  • Going Places Fast (1974, 15 mins)
  • Creating a Diversion (1980, 10 mins)
  • Partners In Prosperity (1982, 20 mins)
  • Intercity 1250 (1982, 4 mins)

Extras

  • Belief In The Future (1976, 15 mins): Internal communications film for British Rail in which Peter Parker, the new BR chairman, addresses his employees on the challenge
  • Fully illustrated booklet

UK | 1955 1982 | black & white, and colour | English language | 207 minutes | DVD9 x 2 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R T VINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2014
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Pleased to see another volume in this series.

However I note that the writers of the accompanying notes regard some of these as less successful; hardly surprising given that previous volumes of BTF material have probably already given us the best out of their total output of 700 plus. I have to agree that some of the material is less interesting and I do suspect that we are beginning to have had the very best already. But as social commentary it is good and for that reason I recommend it. Also the reproduction of a Cuneo painting on the box lid is a nice extra.

I found the selection fascinating: only one from the 1950s, seven from the 1960s, two 1970s and three 1980s. Thus it covers a period I remember well and plenty of shots reflecting the values of those days – some one lighting a cigarette at work using the heat of red hot metal; Joe Brown wearing a tie under a crew neck jumper – reflecting the values of those days.

While BR were pushing their modernity, the shots of the buses showed plenty of rear entry open platform double deckers and Austin 1100s and similar. It seems that at seat meals served by attentive and smartly presented waiters were plentiful on train services, a sharp contrast to today.

One thing I had forgotten was how grim the colour known as Rail Blue on local rolling stock looked when it was not relieved with light grey.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bennett on 13 April 2014
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I enjoyed these films very much but the technical quality was much poorer than any of the others in the series. Inter City 1250 had the sound lagging a long way behind the picture, The Future Works has a long blank bit at the end, The Driving Force has thin vertical lines down it all the way through plus the sound quality is quite poor (I have an old VHS copy of the film with much better sound), and several films are out of focus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Middleton on 4 April 2014
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I have all the other eleven titles in the series so No 12 was a must.I also thought they may be running short of interesting" shorts" but no still they come.Trying to lay a bridge in London over a weekend and seeing the progress was one of the interesting ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin on 4 April 2014
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This series goes from strength to strength. These old films are always fascinating, they show a railway long gone and provide an insight into the operation of the railway and to times past. Wonderful stuff. My only complaint is why is this second series not using the same packaging as the first set of DVDs, it looks odd on the bookcase now as a result. These films are best enjoyed with a couple of other enthusiasts sat around over tea and cake enjoying classic railway footage. Even non railway people will enjoy these films, my ex-wife used to even sit and watch them with me and she found them fascinating to watch. There's something for everyone in these great films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Sydney Mathieson on 15 Mar. 2014
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A top job if you are interested in British railways films, cover form the 1960 -1980 approx. I found it quite inserting.
Please note If you live or Buying form outside the United Kingdom (Britain ) you mind DVD player problems.
If you this one to fancy Buy the Rest of British Transport Film Vol 1 to 9 are in Box Set but Vol 10,11 and 12 are not
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noel Playfair on 1 April 2014
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This latest DVD,in the British Transport Films collection is a fascinating look at a different era when we still had a manufacturing industry. Excellent DVD, let's hope BFI bring out more in this series.
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Unlike others in the series, this one, although watch-able, does have some gremlins.
On the "Driving Force" film, the picture has a sort of faint mosaic effect to it, that give the impression of lines all the way down it.
The sound quality on this one is quite poor with a flat sound with the high end missing.
Others have some sound issues too.
It is still worth the price, but a professional DVD maker should do better.
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As always British Transport films are of very high quality. Some very interesting short films on this DVD. If you like railway nostalgia then this is one to buy.
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