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2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly any films about railways, 21 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: British Transport Films Collection - Vol. 5: Off The Beaten Track [DVD] (DVD)
As a railway enthusiast I was disappointed with this volume (and volume 6 as well) as there is virtually no railway content at all. I know the BTF unit created films on the places you could go to by train (this type of film makes up the bulk of Vol 6), but I'm pretty sure the main interest of these collections is in looking at the bygone activities of the railways in the 1950s and 1960s (why else would they put an evocative steam loco on the cover of the DVD case?) For instance one film included in this collection is about the creatures that live on the seashore which would look pretty similar if it was filmed today. Previous volumes have been excellent but maybe they have run out of railway material and just filling up the new volumes with anything they can find.
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Initial post: 29 Jul 2008 11:23:32 BDT
I expect the railway enthusiasts do indeed represent the majority of buyers of these films, but my own interest is more in vintage documentary film-making and images of Britain from those years in general, so I'm far more interested in these sets than those that concentrate more on railway hardware and delighted to see films of this type released. Far from being filler, these films are every bit as good as the ones that are just about the trains.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2008 14:42:31 BDT
I agree with your comment. I too love seeing archive footage on film, and not video, of our heritage. I have a book called Moving Images which lists every BTF production made and quite a proportion are also about other subjects like travelogues as in Down To Sussex. I'm going to be purchasing all of these. I bought one from a Model Railway show and it cost me £20, I had no idea they were out on Amazon for such a low price.

Posted on 24 Oct 2008 06:53:01 BDT
I'm sure you know that the BTF was put together to show British Transport, not just railways (much though I love them) and as such did a very good job of catching not only the transport but the flavour of the period in which each film was shot.
I agree the cover picture is misleading, being a locomotive, but I guess I wouldn't be too disappointed once I'd viewed the film. There can never be too much archive film of the past in my humble opinion.

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 12:28:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Aug 2009 12:28:28 BDT
as other people said not just railway films that btf produced,there are many other films to release
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