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The Complete Humphrey Jennings volume 3: A Diary for Timothy (DVD + Blu-ray)

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  • Directors: Humphrey Jennings
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 15 July 2013
  • Run Time: 218 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CNDXTS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS COLLECTION VOLUME 3: A DIARY FOR TIMOTHY (DVD & Blu-ray)

Films by Humphrey Jennings

Widely celebrated as one of Britain's greatest filmmakers, Humphrey Jennings is a true poet of the cinema whose work was the inspiration for Danny Boyle's 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. This, the last of three comprehensive volumes which bring together his entire directorial output, features the films he made between 1944 and 1951, and charts his transition from wartime to peacetime filmmaking.

Featuring A Diary for Timothy, Jennings much-loved collaboration with E M Forster, The Dim Little Island, an muted but affecting celebration of Britishness, and Family Portrait, the esoteric Festival of Britain film, this essential collection confirms Jennings as a master of the cinematic art.

Volume three includes the following films:

  • The True Story of Lili Marlene (1944)
  • The Eighty Days (1944)
  • Myra Hess (1945)
  • A Diary for Timothy (1946)
  • A Defeated People (1946)
  • The Cumberland Story (1947)
  • The Dim Little Island (1948)
  • Family Portrait (1950)

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • V.1 (1944, 8 mins): alternative cut of The Eighty Days
  • The Good Life ( Graham Wallace, 1951, 18 mins ): the film Jennings was working on at his death
  • Illustrated booklet featuring film notes, credits and biographies by John Wyver, Patrick Russell, Kevin Jackson, Scott Anthony and others

UK | 1944-1951 |black & white, and colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 218 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 DVD/Region free Blu-ray)

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono 2.0 audio (48k/24-bit)

Disc2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono 2.0 audio (320kbps)

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'Jennings was a visionary whose best films were touched with oddness and poetry' --Graham Fuller

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This is the final release in the BFI's 3-volume collection of the entire output of British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings. Similar to the previous volumes, the package includes a Blu-ray and a DVD, both containing the same material. As these have been release in chronological order, here we've got Jennings' films from 1944 to his final completed film in 1950. The films included here are:

The True Story of Lili Marlene (1944)
The Eighty Days (1944)
Myra Hess (1945)
A Diary for Timothy (1946)
A Defeated People (1946)
The Cumberland Story (1947)
The Dim Little Island (1948)
Family Portrait (1950)

Jennings will likely always be remembered for his wartime films, and with the benefit of having his complete output readily available, it's hard to disagree with this. Films here like 'A Diary for Timothy' are great (keep an eye out for a glimpse of John Gielgud's Hamlet), and show how soon after the war people were conscious of documenting the horrors of the previous five years for future generations. Understandably, after the war Jennings lost his muse, and films like 'The Cumberland Story' are well short of his usual standard. On evidence of his final film though, he was re-emerging as a major British filmmaker and it's tempting to imagine what he may have achieved had he not died in a walking accident in Greece at the age of 43.

Fittingly, the film he was working on at the time of his death, 'The Good Life' is included here as a special feature, as is 'V.1.', an alternate cut of 'The Eighty Days'.

Though these films are showing their age, with varying amounts of damage(often from scene to scene), it's rarely distracting and the extra detail shown by the Blu-ray transfer is impressive.
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A must if you wish to complete this set of three DVDs. Though some of the films are a bit staged they do allow the viewer to see the attitudes and mores from this period of Britain's history. Some of the criticism on the sleeve notes is, less than valid in that the films should be seen through the eyes of the time rather than our modern mind, our subsequent history since the 1940's can lead to a very jaundiced view of a time with very high hopes for the future.
David Easton
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I now have the trilogy they are among my all time favourite dvd,s.
who knows what HUMPHREY JENNINGS would have gone on to achieve
had it not been for his untimely death
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