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  • Directors: Humphrey Jennings
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2, Region A/1 (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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A0FWVA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,830 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

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'The supreme poet of the British documentary' --Philip French

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T Everson on 19 May 2012
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 May 2012
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WSH on 5 Jun. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By designstein on 19 Sept. 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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By Mr. A. Crank on 6 April 2015
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It is such a disappointment that this classic has so much grain added to the print. This makes it almost unwatchable on a large screen or projector.
I was so looking forward to having clear crisp Blu Ray copy that would be as restored but the BFI have added digital grain to the original beyond what is reasonable. For custodians of our Film Heritage they should review this vandalism as not being to their usually excellent reputation.
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