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Expresso Bongo (Flipside 031)

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Product details

  • Actors: Cliff Richard, Sylvia Syms, Laurence Harvey, Hermione Baddeley
  • Directors: Val Guest
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2016
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01B6B46WY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,074 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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EXPRESSO BONGO (Flipside 031) (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Val Guest

When Soho hustler Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey), a drummer-turned-music agent, discovers teen bongo player Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard) in an espresso bar, he renames him Bongo Herbert, and secures him a record deal and a TV appearance. Soon, Johnny is riding the coat-tails of Bert's stardom. Val Guest's sharp, witty satire of the music industry was adapted from the successful West End musical by Wolf Mankowitz. This fully remastered release includes the original, full-length theatrical version, as well as the shorter 1962 re-issue cut.

Special features

  • Newly remastered in 2K and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Full-length theatrical version (111 mins): DVD and Blu-ray premiere of the original long cut from 1959
  • 1962 re-issue version (106 mins, Blu-ray exclusive): shorter alternative cut which removed a number of songs
  • Audio commentary for the 1962 re-issue version featuring Val Guest, Yolande Donlan and film historian Marcus Hearn
  • Alternative sequences from the 1962 cut (2 mins, DVD only): the scenes which were added to replace cut songs
  • Expresso Bongo Gallery: a selection of promotional material, including stills, theatrical posters and lobby cards
  • Original theatrical trailer (3 mins)
  • Youth Club (Norman Prouting, 1954, 17 mins): COI documentary about dealing with juvenile delinquency
  • The Square (Michael Winner, 1957, 16 mins): Michael Winner's touching debut, long-thought lost
  • Original US and UK press books (downloadable PDF, DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet new writing by Andrew Roberts, Vic Pratt and Steve Chibnall, and full film credits

UK | 1959 | black and white | 111 minutes | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | original aspect ratio 2.35:1 | cert 12 (contains moderate nudity, moderate bad language)
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM 2.0 stereo (48kHz/24-bit) | region B
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (192kbps) | region 2



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