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4.0 out of 5 stars Jennings' final films, 19 July 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Humphrey Jennings volume 3: A Diary for Timothy (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
This is the final release in the BFI's 3-volume collection of the entire output of British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings. Similar to the previous volumes, the package includes a Blu-ray and a DVD, both containing the same material. As these have been release in chronological order, here we've got Jennings' films from 1944 to his final completed film in 1950. The films included here are:

The True Story of Lili Marlene (1944)
The Eighty Days (1944)
Myra Hess (1945)
A Diary for Timothy (1946)
A Defeated People (1946)
The Cumberland Story (1947)
The Dim Little Island (1948)
Family Portrait (1950)

Jennings will likely always be remembered for his wartime films, and with the benefit of having his complete output readily available, it's hard to disagree with this. Films here like 'A Diary for Timothy' are great (keep an eye out for a glimpse of John Gielgud's Hamlet), and show how soon after the war people were conscious of documenting the horrors of the previous five years for future generations. Understandably, after the war Jennings lost his muse, and films like 'The Cumberland Story' are well short of his usual standard. On evidence of his final film though, he was re-emerging as a major British filmmaker and it's tempting to imagine what he may have achieved had he not died in a walking accident in Greece at the age of 43.

Fittingly, the film he was working on at the time of his death, 'The Good Life' is included here as a special feature, as is 'V.1.', an alternate cut of 'The Eighty Days'.

Though these films are showing their age, with varying amounts of damage(often from scene to scene), it's rarely distracting and the extra detail shown by the Blu-ray transfer is impressive.

If I were to recommend just one of these volumes, it would be Volume 2 as it contains Jennings' most accomplished and focused works. But really there's no excuse not to own all three, and it's fantastic that we're now in the privileged position where we can finally watch his entire filmography from the comfort of out own sofas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP DOCUMENTARY, 24 July 2013
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I now have the trilogy they are among my all time favourite dvd,s.
who knows what HUMPHREY JENNINGS would have gone on to achieve
had it not been for his untimely death
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4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary heaven, 3 Sept. 2013
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A must if you wish to complete this set of three DVDs. Though some of the films are a bit staged they do allow the viewer to see the attitudes and mores from this period of Britain's history. Some of the criticism on the sleeve notes is, less than valid in that the films should be seen through the eyes of the time rather than our modern mind, our subsequent history since the 1940's can lead to a very jaundiced view of a time with very high hopes for the future.
David Easton
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5.0 out of 5 stars The final volume, 5 Aug. 2013
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The 3rd volume completes the brilliant set from BFI. This is truly a great comclusion to the complete works. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 April 2015
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Fantastic stuff!
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