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The Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume Two: Fires Were Started (DVD & Blu-ray) [1941]

Humphrey Jennings    Exempt   Blu-ray
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  • Directors: Humphrey Jennings
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A0FWVA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS VOLUME 2: FIRES WERE STARTED (DVD & Blu-ray)

Films by Humphrey Jennings

Widely considered one of Britain's greatest filmmakers, Humphrey Jennings has long been celebrated as one of cinema's true poets. This, the second of three volumes which brings together his entire directorial output, features five films made between 1941 -1943 which show Jennings as the peak of his tragically short but outstanding career.

From the rousing call to arms of The Heart of Britain and Words for Battle to the poet evocation of daily life in Listen to Britain, and the powerfully resonating drama of Fires Were Started and The Silent Village, the films included in this set offer a lyrical portrait of the nation at war and a moving celebration of Britishness.

Volume 2 includes the following films:

  • The Heart of Britain (1941)
  • Words for Battle (1941)
  • Listen to Britain (1941)
  • Fires Were Started (1943)
  • The Silent Village (1943)

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • This is England (1941, 10 mins): alternative cut of The Heart of Britain
  • I Was a Fireman (1943, 74 mins): Jennings original cut of Fires Were Started
  • Illustrated booklet featuring essays, film notes and biographies by Lindsay Anderson, Patrick Russell and Kevin Jackson

UK | 1941 1943 | black & white | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 138 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 ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Biographies, Black & White, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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 second of three volumes which collect together Jennings' entire output, gathers 5 films from 1941 -1943 and shows Jennings at the pinnacle of his career. It features his masterpieces Listen to Britain and Fires Were Started and the rousing Words for Battle as well as some previously neglected works and alternative versions, many of which are made available for the first time since their original release. List of Films: Fires Were Started (1943) The Heart of Britain (1941) Words for Battle (1941) Listen to Britain (1942) The Silent Village (1943) ...Humphrey Jennings Collection - Volume 2 ( Fires Were Started / The Heart of Britain / Words for Battle / Listen to Britain / The Silent Village ) ( The Complete Humphrey Jennings - Volume Two: Fires Were Started ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennings' wartime films 19 May 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the second of three volumes of the BFI's project to release all of British filmmaker Humphrey Jenning's films on DVD and Blu-ray. As with Volume One, this is a Dual-format package including both a Blu-ray and DVD with the same films on both. Fitting in with the chronological sequence of the volumes, these are the films he made during World War II. There are far fewer films than the previous volume, though one of them, 'Fires Were Started', clocks in at over a hour, while another, 'The Silent Village' is 35 minutes long. The full list of films included here is:

The Heart of Britain (1941)
Words for Battle (1941)
Listen to Britain (1941)
Fires Were Started (1943)
The Silent Village (1943)

As with the previous collection, the Blu-ray shows the limitation of the old film prints which these transfers were taken directly from, though they generally look very good for films that are now 70 years old. There's another comprehensive booklet inside, with notes about each film, and two extra features on the disc - one is 'This is England' which is an alternative cut of 'The Heart of Britain', and the other is 'I Was a Fireman', which runs at 74 minutes and is the original cut of 'Fires Were Started'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful! 10 May 2012
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Wow ! What films! What transfers and occasionally restorations!
The two volumes of Jenning's wonderful documentaries released to date are quite astonishing.
The Silent Village is extraordinary as is the passionate lyricism of his other work.
Congratulations BFI on making these wonderful blu rays available. Such work more than justifies your continuation as a publicly funded body and ensures that such gems are made available to new audiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius At Work 5 Jun 2013
By WSH
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The five films in this collection are all treasurable. "Fires Were Started-" (1943) is perhaps the most famous but the others do not suffer by comparison, especially "Words For Battle" (1941). I happen to have seen Powell and Pressburger's "49th Parallel" recently and am struck by the greater effectiveness of Jennings' documentaries as propaganda and as art. Whereas the 1941 movie resorts to tedious speeches by paper cutout Nazis to get its message across, the documentaries rely on un-narrated pictures of stunning power and deft editing to involve and hold the viewer. Jennings' exceptional ability to tell a story in documentary style, using non-actors but still orchestrating most of the action to create a convincing pictorial narrative, marks him out as one of the geniuses of this form of cinema. The prints seen here are sharp and intact though some carry quite a lot of wear and tear. They do not appear to have been restored, which probably accounts for the good black and white contrast. The sound tracks are excellent. A most collectable collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant quality for a WW2 film! 19 Sep 2013
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An evocative film of the war made by Humphrey Jennings, the best documentary film maker of that time and well worth seeing more than once.
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