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The Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume One: The First Days (DVD + Blu-ray) [1939]

Humphrey Jennings    Exempt   Blu-ray
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  • Directors: Humphrey Jennings
  • Format: Dolby, Black & White, Colour, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 211 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051FBKYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS VOLUME 1: THE FIRST DAYS (DVD & Blu-ray)

Films by Humphrey Jennings

Widely considered to be one of Britain's greatest filmmakers, Humphrey Jennings has long been celebrated as the director of works which beautifully capture the everyday heroism in times of war and peace.

This, the first of three volumes which collect together Jennings entire output, gathers 14 films from 1934 1940 and provides a fascinating insight into his early days as a filmmaker learning and developing his craft. It features the critically acclaimed Spare time and the rousing London Can Take It!, as well as some previously neglected works and alternative versions, many of which are made available for the first time since their original release.

Volume 1 includes the following films:

  • Post Haste (1934)
  • Locomotives (1934)
  • The Story of the Wheel (1934)
  • Farewell Topsails (1937)
  • Penny Journey (1938)
  • Speaking from America (1938)
  • The Farm (1938)
  • Making Fashion (1938)
  • Spare Time (1939)
  • SS Ionian (1939)
  • The First Days (1939)
  • Spring Offensive (1940)
  • Welfare of the Workers (1940)
  • London Can Take It! (1940)

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • The Birth of the Robot (1936): a Len Lye film for Shell on which Jennings collaborated
  • English Harvest (1939): an alternative cut of The Farm
  • Cargoes (1940): an alternative cut of SS Ionian
  • Britain Can Take It! (1940): an alternative cut of London Can Take It!
  • Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays and film credits

UK | 1934 1940 |black & white, and colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 211 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono 2.0 audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono 2.0 audio (320kbps)

Region 0 PAL DVD
Region Free Blu-ray

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Black & White, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: The BFI's release of The Complete Humphrey Jennings is an important cultural event. Everyone who admires Jennings, all who love film, even anyone interested in England, will regard it as an essential purchase. Volume One: The First Days contains 15 films, including previously neglected or unavailable work, and an authoritative booklet. It represents incredible value for money. The quality of the films assembled in this first volume is, it must be said, patchy. Given that Jennings was a filmmaker developing his craft and prepared to takes risks, one or two of these films are feeble, as one would expect. Fortunately, they are all fascinating, and two or three are sublime. Humphrey Jennings is one of our great directors, and when this volume is added to the imminent second and third volumes, owners of the complete collection will count themselves blessed to hold in their hands the full body of his work, one of the great achievements of cinema. Post Haste (1934) Locomotives (1934) The Story of the Wheel (1934) Farewell Topsails (1937) Penny Journey (1938) Speaking from America (1938) The Farm (1938) Making Fashion (1938) Spare Time (1939) SS Ionian (1939) The First Days (1939) Spring Offensive (1940) Welfare of Workers (1940) London Can Take It! (1940) The Birth of the Robot (1936) SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Humphrey Jennings Collection - Volume 1 ( Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume One / Post-haste (Post Haste) / Locomotives / The Story of the Wheel / Farewell Topsails (Fare well Top sails) / Penny Journey / Speaking from America / The Fa (Blu-Ray)


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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing early British documentaries 25 Sep 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is Volume One of the BFI's commitment to ensure all of acclaimed British documentary maker Humphrey Jennings' films are finally available on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a Dual-Format edition, so there's both a Blu-ray disc and a DVD with the same content. Due to the quality of the prints of these early films, dating from 1934-40, they are never going to be breathtaking transfers, but because of this I honestly can't imagine them looking any better than they do here. Some of these have been released by the BFI on previous boxsets, but this is the first time that we can finally have all of Jennings' early films together in one set. Here's a list of all the films included on this set:

Post Haste (1934)
Locomotives (1934)
The Story of the Wheel (1934)
Farewell Topsails (1937)
Penny Journey (1938)
Speaking from America (1938)
The Farm (1938)
Making Fashion (1938)
Spare Time (1939)
SS Ionian (1939)
The First Days (1939)
Spring Offensive (1940)
Welfare of the Workers (1940)
London Can Take It! (1940)

As special features go, there's a couple of alternate cuts of the above films, and a 1936 film for Shell, 'The Birth of the Robot', which Jennings worked on. Jennings was one of the very best documentary makers Britain has ever produced, and hopefully this collection will reintroduce his work to a new generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful! 10 May 2012
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As with Volume Two of this new proposed series of three blu rays dedicated to the work of the inspired film maker Humphrey Jennings, I cannot praise the BFI too highly in making this work available. The documentaries are extraordinary and capture our history and culture in ways which are both lyrical and inspired. And the transfers are as good as they will ever be. Impressive stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the Documentary 1 Feb 2013
By A. Roberton TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Starting from the early days of film documentaries, this collection shows just how they developed from the early, almost amateurish beginnings to the more powerful just a decade later. This collection is worthy of anyone's collection if they like the story of cinema taken from another angle.

I went to 'The Pictures' almost weekly during the early to mid sixties and would always watch everything shown at least once, often twice - I liked to get my money's worth. The main film, the 'B' film, Pathé News, the travelogue or whatever the documentary happened to be and even the adverts. It was far removed from the television of the time (black and white, grainy and small screen) and the cinema became an adventure.

These documentaries take me back to a more innocent time - happy days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GENIOUS 7 Oct 2013
By terry s
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THE FIRST DAYS is a must for people who like me like good documentaries.
HUMPHREY JENNINGS made this kind of film work an art form.
the whole trilogy is brilliant
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2.0 out of 5 stars DVD problems 18 Jun 2014
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I really wanted this DVD, but it would not work in my recorder - Amazon were great about a return. I thought the DVD was faulty, so ordered from the issuing company, the BFI. Wouldn't work from them either. Apparently this will not work on all DVD players, and I was unlucky. Be warned.
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