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

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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

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'The only real poet that British cinema has produced' --Lindsay Anderson

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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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