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A double-edged sword; an amazing, brilliant, dark folk tale, but NOT THE DIRECTOR APPROVED VERSION,
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This review is from: The Party's Over (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
The information on the BFI website is as such: "Extras: The complete Director's Cut presented in both High Definition and Standard definition".
However, it is clearly stated in the booklet provided that "Although the pre-release print that was sourced featured onscreen credits for director Guy Hamilton and producer Anthony Perry, suggesting that it was likely to have been one of the very earliest and most authentic cuts of the film ever submitted to the BBFC, recent correspondence has revealed that this version does not constitute an approved Guy Hamilton cut. As a result, the BFI has been asked to remove credits from the presentation." Going on to say that "while this request for the removal of onscreen credits has been respectfully observed (by replacing texted versions of some of the opening shots on the bridge with text-free versions of the same shots), the presentation of this pre-release version remains otherwise identical to that of the archival print, with its soundtrack and overall duration remaining completely intact."
The information on the BFI website is incorrect and and false when put up to the information provided in the booklet.
With the director's cut issue aside, the film as it stands is brilliant regardless. It's heartbreaking, dark and feels like a contemporary folk tale (you know those tales were quite dark before Disney got their hands on them). It shouldn't be missed by any cinephile; it's a mystery film that shows the darkest sides of humanity that we may never willingly want to see. The film grabs you by the throat and keeps holding it until the end credits begin - it may be slow by modern standards, but this is a character study and a brilliantly constructed one at that.
The high quality of the film itself as well as the standard ace quality of BFI presentation makes this film a must-buy, especially for BFI enthusiasts like myself. I couldn't recommend this enough.