- Directors: Paul Rotha, Humphrey Jennings, Ruby Grierson, Basil Wright, Paul Dickson
- Format: Dolby, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 4
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: bfi
- DVD Release Date: 4 Mar. 2013
- Run Time: 720 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00BPAHIGI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Land of Promise [DVD]
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The British Documentary Movement 1930-1950
Featuring 40 films over four DVDs, this extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films many of which are made available here for the first time since their original release capture the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and after the Second World War.
Bearing witness to the social and industrial transformations of a rapidly changing world, these fascinating historical documents are all striking for their different approaches to the form. Using poetry, dramatic reconstruction, modernist techniques and explicit propaganda, the filmmakers found fresh, new ways to get their message across.
Bringing together celebrated and lesser-known works from such luminaries as Paul Rocha, Humphrey Jennings, Ruby Grierson, Basil Wright and Paul Dickson, this landmark release is accompanied by a 64-page book of essays by leading film historians and experts.
A companion collection, Shadows of Progress: Documentary film in post-war Britain 1951-1977, is also available on BFI DVD.
- John Grierson at the NFT (1959, 13 mins): the 'father' of documentary addressing a packed audience at the National Film Theatre
- Close Up: Recollections of British documentary (2007, 40 mins): featuring interviews with some of the key figures from the British documentary movement
- 64-page book with essays and notes by leading researchers and scholars in the field of documentary film
- Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
UK | 1931 -1950 | black & white, and colour | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 720 minutes | 4 x DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
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In Land of Promise, the BFI have put together a treasure trove that will delight anyone interested in the history of film, documentaries or Britain.
I've always been into social history and the variety of styles and subjects presented on Land of Promise delivered the goods.
The selection is fascinating and despite being born in 1949 I can relate to so much of it. It stirred many memories as someone who lived on the edge of a post war housing estate alongside a lane used daily by farmers, with a mainline railway across a cow pasture and a colliery 2 miles behind that in semi rural South Yorkshire.
The only downside is that we still do not seem to have learnt from the message of the documentary makers!
Although most of are propaganda films made for the cinema, they are of immense value to anyone who like me has an interest in the social history of our nation.
I thoroughly recommend this set.
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We british should buy up almost all BFI discs that are released.
BUT THE DOCUMENTARYS ARE EXCELLENT BUY
IT HAVE ORDERED VOLUME 2 ON THE STENGTH OF THIS ONE.