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CHILDREN'S FILM FOUNDATION COLLECTION: OUTER SPACE
Supersonic Saucer | Kadoyng | The Glitterball
For over 30 years the Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Newly transferred from the best available elements held in the BFI National Archive, these much-loved and fondly remembered films finally return to the screen - after many years out of distribution - in this specially curated DVD release from the BFI.
This edition presents three of the CFF's finest science fiction adventures
Supersonic Saucer (1956) tells the heart-rending story of Meba, an adorable baby flying saucer from Venus with extraordinary extra-terrestrial powers who arrives on an exploratory mission to earth. Adopted by a group of children, he helps the youngsters prevent a robbery at their school.
In the delightful Kadoyng (1972) it looks as if nothing can stop the village of Byway being demolished to make way for the new motorway. Until, that is, a jovial visitor with an unusual appendage descends from the planet Stoikal and helps a trio of children prevent the construction work. This enjoyable escapade starts stalwart comic actor Bill Owen (Last of the Summer Wine).
The award-winning The Glitterball(1977) sees two young boys come to the aid of a tiny spherical alien who is trying to return to its mothership, while being pursued by both the Air Force and a devious petty crook. A perennial CFF favourite starring veteran British actor Ron Pember.
- Brand new High Definition transfers of all the films
- Fully illustrated booklet with extensive credits and newly commissioned essays by Harley Cokeliss, Alex Davidson, Vic Pratt and Robert Shail
UK | 1956 + 1972 + 1977 | black & white, and colour | English language | 48 mins + 58 mins + 54 mins | DVD9 | Dolby Digital mono 2.0 audio (224kbps) | Original aspect ratios 1.33:1 + 1.66:1 (16x9 anamorphic) + 1.85:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 0 PAL DVD
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I bought this disc for The Glitterball - one of my favourite films. To be able to enjoy a remastered widescreen version is really great, and the sound is much better than my off-air VHS tape recording! One thing I did notice, comparing this with my old copy, was that in the new version, a portion of the top and bottom of the frame has been cropped. At one point on my old 4:3 aspect ratio video, a microphone can be seen dipping into the top of frame (for me, part of the charm of the film). However, on this DVD, the microphone is cropped off. See attached photo. The BFI confirmed to me:
"The new transfer of Glitterball as presented in our DVD release, is presented in the aspect ratio of the original theatrical release (1.85:1). This transfer was supervised and approved by the director Harley Cokeliss. The reason you would have a 4x3 "open matte" version would be because up until the 1990s, films were not generally shown in their original aspect ratios but rather the 4x3 versions, as they would fill up the entire 4x3 television screen (before we had 16:9 TVs). Films are shot open matte then cropped for theatrical presentation, hiding any anomalies such as boom mics".
The Glitterball doesn't have CGI and modern 'amazing' special effects, stunts or fast-paced editing ... and yet it is brilliant.Read more ›
i write to all cff lovers, because in germany are
great thrilling six cff-movies with english language
for buying there in amazon.de.
Five on a Treasure Island (Die Sache mit der Schatzinsel)
Five Clues to Fortune (Geheimsache fünf)
Valley of the Kings (Im Tal der Könige)
Beware of the Dog (Achtung: Bissiger Hund)
The Carringford School Mystery (Die Halskette)
The Young Jacobites (Die jungen Jakobiter)
I have collected every one amazon has to offer.
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The latest BFI kids movies collection, just as great as the others and I can't wait for the next, if you love classic movies, kid/family friendly films or if you love sci-fi, this... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dave Ross
Excellent but we want more CFF films to come, One Hour To Zero , Black Island etcPublished 22 months ago by neil