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BFI 75 10 DVD Box Set - European Cinema (Limited to 500 copies - Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk)

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  • Directors: Robert Bresson, Terence Davies, Jean Renoir, Jean-Pierre Melville, Luis Bunuel
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi Video Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHE8XE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2008 is the British Film Institute’s 75th Year and alongside the BFI's special 75th programmes, free events and cultural extravaganzas, Amazon is marking this special event with a handpicked selection of ten of the best of European Cinema from the BFI's collection in this strictly limited edition exclusive box set.

This collection is strictly limited to 500 copies in a one off replication

Films included are:

La Kermesse Heroique - Jacques Feyder

Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne - Robert Bresson

Partie De Campagne - Jean Renoir

The Threepenny Opera - GW Pabst

Regarde La Mer And Other Short Films - Francois Ozon

Le Cercle Rouge - Jean-Pierre Melville

Celine And Julie Go Boating - Jacques Rivette

Tristana - Luis Bunuel

Distant Voices Still Lives - Terence Davies

The Innocents - Jack Clayton

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I am very disappointed with this set. The selection of films and the DVDs themselves are outstanding. My problem is the presentation and missing supplements. The DVDs are in slimline cases housed in a thin card sleeve. This means that the excellent, informative booklets which featured in the individual BFI releases of The Innocents, Regarde La Mer, Celine And Julie Go Boating, Distant Voices Still Lives and Tristana are all missing. For some reason the BFI have also removed the detailed sleeve notes from each film and replaced them with simple chapter listings and the new BFI logo.

What should have been a fantastic, celebratory box set feels more like a hastily assembled budget release. If you are interested in any of the films here I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a purchase of the individual BFI DVDs but I would give this cheap box set a miss.
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I have to whole-heartedly agree with the review entitled "Budget price, budget content.,"

The box looks mighty nice in the picture above huh?
Well what you see is a thin paper-card black box, and you see that writing on the black box? Well when you unwrap your collection from it's plastic sealing you'll discover that is just a loosely attached piece of paper (it even flaps about on one side!).

On the one hand I'm getting a limited edition collection, plus I'm spending about £5 per disc at this price (which for BFI is a great saving!) ... but I'm a film lover, and a serious one, and everytime I take a slimline DVD case out of that tatty, flimsy black box a little piece of my soul dies and I mutter to myself "Why on earth did BFI discredit themselves with such a design?"

This has all the potential to be a great boxset with the films it boasts. But I don't feel the need to review the films here, instead I feel it more important to review that which you are actually paying for ... for me it was something special that when delivered transpired to be something of great crapness.

I am disappointed BFI and urge any serious film lover to wait till their 100th edition, maybe by then they'll take heed of these reviews!
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I knew it was going to be flimsy but it still surprised how poor the packaging was. Also rather crucially the only one that has subtitles that work is 'The Innocents' which is in English anyway!
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Although as another reviewer has noted these versions of the DVDs don't come with the extensive notes of the full price version, however this collection ended up being half the price for ten (truly) classic movies - a bargain even without the extra notes!
Apart from that it makes a great souvenir of the BFI celebrations this year - despite having a couple of the movies included I thought I'd treat myself to the box - and it's worth it.
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