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The Bed Sitting Room (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)

Peter Cook , Dudley Moore , Richard Lester    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Format: Dolby, HiFi Sound, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QW2S20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

BFI Flipside presents


A film by Richard Lester

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

In a vividly realised post-apocalyptic London, Mrs Ethel Shroake is crowned Queen and Lord Fortnum awaits his imminent transformation into a bedsitting room. Meanwhile, seventeen-months pregnant Penelope and her parents leave the safety of their underground carriage to find her a husband and finally reclaim their baggage.

Richard Lester's sharply satirical end-of-the-world comedy is based on a beautifully bittersweet, Goonish script by John Antrobus and Spike Milligan.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Original trailer
  • Three Bernard Braden Now and Then interviews from 1967: Richard Lester (18 mins); Spike Milligan (41 mins); Peter Cook (31 mins)
  • Fully Illustrated booklet with film notes, contemporary review, original promotional materials and biographies

UK | 1969 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 91 minutes | Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (320kbps)

  • Product Description

    United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a 'nuclear misunderstanding' (which lasted two minutes and twenty eight seconds, including the signing of the peace treaty) is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed-sitting room. This vividly imagined, darkly satirical filmic version of a post apocalyptic England, directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Days Night, How I Won the War, The Knack) is based on the highly regarded play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. It also boasts great performances by the cream of 60s British comedy and acting talent: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Dandy Nichols and Marty Feldman. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...The Bed Sitting Room (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)

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    39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Moving 11 Jun 2009
    By Room For A View VINE VOICE
    Thankfully the BFI have resurrected this long neglected British classic and I hope it attracts a wide audience. For me the feel of this film reminded me of a WWII poster that simply said "Keep Calm & Carry On" because the characters that inhabit a post-apocalyptic England (caused by a nuclear misunderstanding!) react to their predicament with a stiff upper lip and ironic detachment. For instance the police (I adore the contraption they use for transport) continue to politely patrol the land requesting anyone they encounter to `keep moving', whilst the few remaining survivors deal with the prospect of metamorphosing into a domestic dwelling or an item of furniture with varying degrees of stoicism. Spike Milligan's magical surrealism haunts the butchered landscape and peppers the narrative in a manner that evokes the best of Monty Python or some of Terry Gilliam's films. I can watch this film again because there is so much to enjoy, principally the incredible art direction and the hilarious script, confidently directed by Richard Lester and performed by a magnificent cast. This edition includes some priceless archive footage of interviews with Peter Cook, Spike Milligan and Richard Lester.
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    42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew Nuclear War Could Be Such Fun? 16 April 2009
    By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
    There are a few movies out there which can be considered "lost" classics, movies unavailable in any format for years and worthy of great praise at the same time (hence, you couldn't call something like a Frank Stallone film a "Lost" classic, obviously). Ken Russell's "The Devils" is one, and Richard Lester's "The Bed-Sitting Room" is another. But the wait is over, as that indispensible institution the BFI are preparing to release this seminal film as part of their new "Flipside" range of little-known classics.

    The film is an Absurdist classic of gargantuan proportions, almost as if Salvador Dali and Philip K. Dick cooked the whole thing up whilst drinking tea in Kings Cross one day. In cinematic history only the works of Luis Bunuel really come close, and Hell, he wasn't funny really, was he? In a post-nuclear British landscape dominated by broken crockery and other bric-a-brac, we soon learn that apparently only 20 people survived the apocalypse, and hence, the next in line to the throne is Mrs Ethel Schroake of 393a High Street, Leytonstone. Otherwise other odd characters such as Lord Fortnum of Alamein (Ralph Richardson) who is metamorphosising into a Bed-Sitting Room, and a mad Postman (Spike Milligan) who spouts mad non-sequiturs at random people populate the landscape. I could go on forever about the characters and their quirks (amd transformations), but that would spoil the film somewhat. Let's just say that you'll be suprised how far a film script can go in terms of insanity.

    As per usual, the BFI doesn't skimp on the Extra Features where available, and you can expect a lavish illustrated booklet with an essay on the film by journalist Michael Brooke; and archival interviews with Lester, Milligan and Peter Cook. God bless the BFI - And with releases of other lost classics planned in the near-future, they deserve our respect. Buy and watch in awe!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A classic that deserves better 1 Jun 2012
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    I've been searching for a decent copy of this film for years, ever since I saw it in my university days on late night TV. Now, finally, it's come to not only DVD but Blu-ray. While the source print might have benefitted from some digital restoration, this edition is still far superior to the bootleg copies that have been floating around for ages. Great to have the period interviews as well.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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    Long overdue DVD & BR issue of this unique film. The BFI have done a wonderful job restoring the print - wouldn't it be great to see this in a cinema,too?

    The plot seems just as insane as it ever was,(is it ever really possible to make a sane film about nuclear destruction?) and we are left to revel in the great cast performances, and the abundance of gags, both in the script and production design. There are wonderful little moments throughout, such as the shifty way Spike Milligan looks around just before he pockets a scrap he picks from a hole he is digging in the middle of the desolate remains of the M4 Slough turnoff. Fans of Milligan's "dalek" sketch will probably giggle when they note the eviscerated poodle skeleton in Roy Kinnear's car, too!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars nucleur niceities 15 May 2012
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    quite abstract and unusual story of survivors of
    nucleur holocaust
    quite star studded with plenty of well known faces
    cook and moore heading the cast
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars "That's no porridge, that was my wife!" 4 Oct 2010
    By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    With a cast which reads like a who's who of British comedy during the `sixties, The Bed-Sitting Room is a big screen adaptation of Spike Milligan's play set in a very different Britain. Taking place a few years after a war which lasted less than two and a half minutes, the few survivors are seen wandering through a post-apocalyptic London, and some of them end up turning into an exotic bird or an item of furniture - yes, this is decidedly odd.

    Surreal comedy was king at the time, The Goons' radio show was an institution and Monty Python was just starting on the telly, but this film was perhaps a bit *too* surreal for many.

    There are some great visual moments which capture the holocaust ridden London nicely; rubble, glimpses of familiar abandoned landmarks, and a tube station in a state reminiscent of the blitz. Needless to say there are plenty of bizarre moments of visual comedy too which are played straight to emphasise the surrealism at the core of the film. There's a sense of a plot, but it gets thinner as the film progresses and turns steadily more strange. Instead of a fluid story this feels like a collection of visual gags which have been thrown together and although you can appreciate many of them, you spend too much time figuring out how they fit in with the film which stops you from simply enjoying them.

    Most viewers of the film will have a favourite face they want to see, and for me I watched mainly to see Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore. The film is very faceted and so most characters appear frequently but sometimes only briefly. The more iconic comedians such as Cooke, Moore, and of course Spike Milligan always make an impression though.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars happy,thankyou
    Remember watching this film years ago when I was young didn't quite get it? But now I,m older the quality of the comic line up and story makes this a classic.
    Published 22 days ago by mr m p ward
    2.0 out of 5 stars the bed sitting room
    i so it years ago and got a few laughs, but on viewing it recently i saw it was just a pile of old rubbish
    Published 2 months ago by Mr. Donald Crabtree
    4.0 out of 5 stars How Tall should a good actor be?
    Looking at the cast list, it is nothing less than stellar. (The credits list the cast in order of height, as a "dig" at some of the people involved in financing the movie... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Kevin G Blake
    5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Richard Lester movie
    It not for everyone who likes their mainstream films. It's a dark, original, funny film about the end of the world. A must for any Lester fan.
    Published 5 months ago by ninfilms
    5.0 out of 5 stars it's all about the writing and the cast
    just as hilarious and brilliant as the first time I saw it, decades ago. the film has lost nothing, hasn't dated in the genius of its humour. brought me great joy.
    Published 6 months ago by john bennett
    5.0 out of 5 stars BED SITTING ROOM DVD
    I have been looking for THE BED SITTING ROOM DVD for ages, but when ever I found a copy it was either to expensive or on vhs. to find it at this price was great.. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by petey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and Wonderful
    I had not seen this film before. It was great. Weird and rather strange, not your usual fare and definitely not 'Hollywood'. I recommend it. It made me laugh.
    Published 9 months ago by Ro&Bo
    5.0 out of 5 stars surreal mayhem
    waited many years to see,a mesmerising trip featuring all the greats, sadly late greats, of british comedy. totally enthralling film
    Published 9 months ago by dawn collett
    3.0 out of 5 stars Becket Meets Python
    Richard Lester's critical failure The Bed Sitting Room has the distinction of being one of the strangest films I have ever seen. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Bryan A. Pfleeger
    4.0 out of 5 stars a lost classic
    Harry Secombe, Arthur Lowe, Spike Milligan, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Marty Feldman, all it needs is the two Ronnie's and Monty Python to have the complete set. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Rob Simpson
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