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4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
What we have here are one short (63min) movie and 3 short films made by BP back when they could still sell the myth of a benevolent big cuddly company. All features directed by James Hill.
Lunch Hour, the main attraction, seemed like a spoof to me - imagine Harry Enfield doing an awfully English Last Tango in Paris - all bad teeth, cups of tea, irritating landladies...
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Now Zoltan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very much dated now, would have been even when ...
Very much dated now, would have been even when it was only two or three years old. A lot of social change occurred very soon after this film was shot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 17 Aug 2011
This review is from: Lunch Hour (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
What we have here are one short (63min) movie and 3 short films made by BP back when they could still sell the myth of a benevolent big cuddly company. All features directed by James Hill.
Lunch Hour, the main attraction, seemed like a spoof to me - imagine Harry Enfield doing an awfully English Last Tango in Paris - all bad teeth, cups of tea, irritating landladies and absolutely no sex. The only use for butter here would be on a stale scone. It's OK with some funny moments. the dragon waitress being my favourite ('halibuts off') but I was grateful it wasn't longer which tells you something. The shorts are all in vivid colour and look amazing. The Home Made Car is the best - engaging whimsy that stays just the right side of sickly - an enjoyable half hour. Skyhook is an educational type of mini doc which shows BP setting up a drilling op in Papua New Guinea. Shots of terrified animals fleeing as trees are felled and land blasted are presented as humorous - how times have changed. The third, the Italian set Giuseppina, apparently won an Oscar, I found it pretty disposible but what do I know. As usual the booklet is attractive and the overall package, although probably more 3.5 than 4 stars, is definitely worth picking up.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lunch hour plus 3 short films, 7 Oct 2011
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I have to admit I had never heard of this film. It was enjoyable as far as it went. It was really a tv play type item on film.I homed in on the 3 support items...... the 3 short films hill made for BP.Im old enough to remember them,especially the home made car, being used as trade test films.The presentation of the 3 items is first class,sharp images spot on colour and I enjoyed a good nostalgia wallow.Thanks again to the BFI for making these items available.If the BFI has the copyright to any more of these items they have at least one sale guaranteed along with a bluray of A TASTE OF HONEY please!!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great supporting features!, 4 Jun 2013
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I bought this because of the 3 short films that support it. I watched these in the days when there were colour trade test transmissions on BBC TV. The one about the home made car was a particular favourite. For me it was worth the purchase price just to get that one.
I would have given the DVD 5 stars if the main feature was not this one. It is an icon I don't doubt and I can imagine being shown this in a general studies lesson at college and then having to write a critique of some kind. Not for me.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lunch Hour, 13 Dec 2012
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Good to see the BBC2 trade test colour films The home made car and Guisepina again. A eal blast from the past.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very much dated now, would have been even when ..., 20 Oct 2014
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Very much dated now, would have been even when it was only two or three years old. A lot of social change occurred very soon after this film was shot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for the extras., 6 July 2013
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This contains not only the title film, which is not bad, but also films by James Hill that were used as colour test films for BBC colour transmissions.
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