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The Party's Over (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)

Oliver Reed , Ann Lynn , Guy Hamilton    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Ann Lynn, Clifford David, Louise Sorel, Mike Pratt
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038AL7VA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

BFI Flipside presents


THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

Enigmatic young Melina (Louise Sorel) has fallen in with a group of Chelsea beatniks, catching the attention of the gang's defiant leader Moise (Oliver Reed). But wild and drunken partying has terrible consequences, and when Melina's fiancé Carson (Clifford David) begins investigating, the shocking truth is soon revealed.

Written by Marc Behm (Help!) and scored by the legendary John Barry, this controversial film originally fell foul of the British Censors, forcing director Guy Hamilton to remove his name from the credits, but is now finally made available in its never-before-seen pre-release version.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Alternative theatrical release cut (Blu-ray only, 92 mins)
  • Alternative theatrical release sequences (DVD only, 18 mins)
  • The Party (R A Ostwald, 1962, 16 mins): a time-capsule short about an art school get-together
  • Emma (Anthony Perry, 1964, 12 mins):an expressive meditation on the loss of innocence, from the producer of The Party's Over
  • Fully illustrated booklet with contributions by Guy Hamilton, Andrew Roberts, William Fowler and Vic Pratt

UK | 1963 - 1965 | black and white | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 95 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: An American looking for excitement overseas finds more than she can handle in this cautionary drama. Melina (Louise Sorel), a young American woman, disappears while traveling in Britain, and her father Ben (Eddie Albert) sends her fiancee Carson (Clifford David) to the U.K. in hopes of discovering what's become of her. Carson learns that Melina has fallen in with a group of thrill-seeking Chelsea beatniks known as 'The Pack'. She's decided to call off the engagement, and she uses the gang's loutish leader, Moise (Oliver Reed), to run interference and keep Carson at arm's length. Carson stays on Melina's trail, but as her new life with the Pack becomes more and more sordid, tragedy seems inevitable. THE PARTY'S OVER was shot in 1963, but disputes with censors prevented the film from opening in London until 1965, in a cut version that reportedly displeased director Guy Hamilton (GOLDFINGER, LIVE AND LET DIE). ...The Party's Over ( The Party is Over ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it as soon as you can! 9 July 2010
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The BFI have done another brilliant piece of work - this time with The Party's Over. The 'dual format', together with an excellent booklet, certainly give you every chance to compare versions and consider the absurdities of censorship (abeit at a distance of nearly 50 years. With The Party's Over, the censors seemed to be pandering to the Establishment in a predictable but particularly half-baked way. I wouldn't agree with Clive Saunders' review that the implications (and they are only implications - nothing is clearly seen - hence the 12 certificate) of the film are ever "somewhat nauseating". Nor would I say that it wasn't a film for the "faint-hearted", but I suppose it all depends on what you are used to. While not a fan of violence and gore, I am enthusiastic about many of the Italian Giallos of the late 60's and 70's, some of which are genuinely nauseating!
Oliver Reed plays a similar character to his Moise of The Party's Over, in two other great films of this period, both currently available on DVD: Michael Winner's (!!) The System, and Joseph Losey's, The Damned (a.k.a These Are The Damned). His performance in all three is at times mannered and theatrical...but absolutely fascinatingly so. It's also sincere and multi-layered.
The Party's Over does take a while to get going, at first we thought it might just be another silly, middle-class dropouts, mindlessly partying, waste of time; but it grew geometrically better as it went on, even developing an echo of the Rashomon, alternate viewpoints, structure. And I think that to say as Clive Saunders does (sorry Clive, but without reading your review I wouldn't have got around to writing one at all!) that the people show no compassion or emotion towards each other, misses the point.
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This is a five-star DVD of a three-and-a-half (well, maybe four) star movie -- and one I've waited decades to see. It should be noted that this review is based SOLELY on the standard DVD disc in the package (I've not made the leap to Blu-Ray yet), but that said, the BFI have done a fine job of restoration, annotation, and packaging on this cinematic curio of the early/middle 1960s, the release (or non-release) history of which may be more interesting than the movie itself -- though the film does contain some fascinating (Oliver Reed) and even fine (Eddie Albert) performances. THE PARTY'S OVER was the "white whale" of Guy Hamilton's filmography, shot in 1963 and unreleased in any form until 1965 -- by which time the filmmaker and the producers had taken their names off of the recut, censored version -- a blank space in terms of accurate information, release history, and official acknowledgement, and even the version here, based on a non-censored pre-release cut of the movie, has to acknowledge the lack of the imprimatur of Hamilton (or the producer). The plot concerns a spoiled American girl (Louise Sorel, in her movie debut) who has fallen in with a pack of British beats -- mostly frustrated middle-class poseurs -- and doesn't want to return to her life in the American mid-west as the daughter of a wealthy industrialist (Eddie Albert, who doesn't show up till the second half of the film); between her dalliances with de facto group leader Oliver Reed and others, as they pursue their lives of non-conformist decadence, she manages to elude the pursuit of her fiance (Clifford David), who has shown up in London to bring her home. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality Flipside release 30 July 2011
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I must admit if I'd been a teenager in the 60s it would have been the beatniks for me - frugging, puffing, Watneys pale ale, expressos, constant parties - it looks great. Trouble is there's always the hangover, the comedown, reality seeping in. This film captures the ups and downs brilliantly. We see this now deceased world through the eyes of a bemused American looking for his fiance, who has fallen in with a ner-do-well gang (led by the brilliant Oliver Reed). As the title suggests things don't turn out well, but for the viewer its compulsive all the way, from the John Barry soundtrack to the seedy milieu to the unusally subtle plot twists. I really enjoyed this one, but its not the highlight of the package, that would be the short 'Emma' which is a dazzling blast of colour amidst the monochrome sleaze of the other two features. Only 12 minutes long, but each one of them perfect, this allegorical snapshot of 2 kids playing in Highgate Cemetary is damn near perfect and as for the picture quality - incredible. The other extra 'The Party' is a disposible but fun enough look at a typical house party.
Just one thing stops this being 5 stars, the fact that Guy Hamilton, the director wanted his name removed from this cut. Why? It would have been nice to hear what it is he objected to and what his actual vision for the film was (he is nearly 90 now, so perhaps this was impossible, but it would be nice to have more info)
To sum up, a great buy and remember, don't skip the supporting features.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The editing confuses 28 Nov 2013
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Includes some deleted or censored scenes. A party scene creates a splash because it implied sex with someone dead. In the context of the film, the drunken partiers were unaware of her fall off the staircase, and thought the girl had passed out. It's very hard to believe the censors were given a script and practically helped plot and shape the film as much as the film makers themselves. It's an interesting piece of film history and you see Oliver Reed in one of his first film parts.
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2.0 out of 5 stars very dated today. Was very controversial in its day ...
very dated today. Was very controversial in its day.
Published 10 days ago by Peter M
5.0 out of 5 stars Oli Fan
This item arrived on time and in excellent condition. What a great film- theres nothing better than watching a old film especially if it's got Oliver Reed in it.
Published 3 months ago by fatdog
4.0 out of 5 stars period piece
Oliver Reed is excellent in the lead as the moody beat leader. The supporting cast is more hit and miss with a couple of performances very ropey and definately of the time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Much ado about nothing
How times change!

Fifty years ago this film was unable to receive any form of certificate from the Censor, and only after some re-cutting and three years later was any... Read more
Published 11 months ago by opus
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay...
but only just,badly aged and not much story,not how i remember the sixties in London,and acting not much better,unfortunately
so because some of the main actors have done much... Read more
Published 15 months ago by clandulla
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration for Quadrophenia?
An interesting, if London-centric, take on the early sixties. Tame in its representations but excellent in presentation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by gerryg
4.0 out of 5 stars A double-edged sword; an amazing, brilliant, dark folk tale, but NOT...
The information on the BFI website is as such: "Extras: The complete Director's Cut presented in both High Definition and Standard definition". Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by C. Sanderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not For the Faint Hearted!
Guy Hamilton's The Party's Over is a stark look at the 'other' side of life in the 60s, where confirmity and convention have no place. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2010 by Clive Saunders
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