BFI Flipside presents
THE PARTY'S OVER (DVD + Blu-ray)
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.
- 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)
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)