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Long Overdue Release of a Classic,
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This review is from: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) (DVD)
I've been after this little gem of a movie for years. Nearly every time I visit Amazon.co.uk I've typed in the title in the search facility only to be told it was unavailable - until now!
I first saw this classic after videoing it late one night in the early nineties; it was the kind of film they ran about 3am and then I misplaced my VHS tape. At the time of me recording it, one reviewer described it as being locked into a sixties time warp. Well! GREAT! If there was an era I could go back to and live it would be 1967/1968 when this film was shot.
It is very pyschedelic. We have regular interludes of musical and pictorial psychedelia with the aid of bands like Steve Winwood's Traffic and The Spencer Davis Group. The official soundtrack has been available for years and the title track was released into the UK top ten at the time.
Young Jamie McGregor (played by the now sadly deceased Barry Evans), a seventeen year old middle class grammar school youth, chases pretty girls around the new town of Stevenage as it seems that his sixteen year old brother is outdoing him in the romantic stakes. He is cheerful and cheeky and talks a lot to the camera about his class-consciousness and insecurities. Not everything goes to plan, but he rarely lets it get him down. He chases after the posh bird, Caroline (Angela Scoular) and the council estate girl, Linda (Adrienne Posta), but the one he really wants is the elusive Mary (Judy Geeson). However, it soon transpires that just like him, she likes playing the field, which he has difficulty handling.
I have to say that the picture quality presented here is as good as it could be after more than 45 years and that the double Blu-Ray/DVD package is an excellent compilation with decent extras. I particularly enjoyed the documentary about Stevenage.
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2010 22:02:19 BDT
i have dvd version of this film that was transferred from the master tape many years ago by a relative who worked on the original movie. Be good to see it brought up to date in HD.
Posted on 15 Sep 2010 14:48:51 BDT
Roger J Beech says:
Absoloutely agree. Got my copy today and I am immensely glad that it has ben finally released.
My old copy from that i videoed some years ago was just about played out
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