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Lunch Hour (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
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BFI Flipside presents
LUNCH HOUR (DVD + Blu-ray)
A Film by James Hill
THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
Shirley Anne Field gives an unforgettable, fiery performance as a young designer on the brink of an affair with a married male executive (Robert Stephens) at the company where she works.
With a tightly focused plot telling the story of an illicit lunch-hour rendezvous in real time, Lunch Hour is presented here in a stunning new High Definition transfer, and is accompanied by three of James Hill's delightful, award-winning colour shorts.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Skyhook (James Hill, 1958, 17 mins): the adventure of oil exploration, deep in the tropics of Papua New Guinea
- Giuseppina (James Hill, 1959, 32 mins): Oscar® - winning short in which a young girl observes the array of quirky characters who pass her father's rural petrol station
- The Home-Made Car (James Hill, 1963, 28 mins): a man restores his dilapidated Bullnose Morris, under the watchful eye of a curious young neighbour
- Booklet with essays by Sue harper and James Piers Taylor
UK | 1962 | black and white | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 63 minutes | Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) (Extras Dolby Digital 320kbps)
Top customer reviews
Lunch Hour, the main attraction, seemed like a spoof to me - imagine Harry Enfield doing an awfully English Last Tango in Paris - all bad teeth, cups of tea, irritating landladies and absolutely no sex. The only use for butter here would be on a stale scone. It's OK with some funny moments. the dragon waitress being my favourite ('halibuts off') but I was grateful it wasn't longer which tells you something. The shorts are all in vivid colour and look amazing. The Home Made Car is the best - engaging whimsy that stays just the right side of sickly - an enjoyable half hour. Skyhook is an educational type of mini doc which shows BP setting up a drilling op in Papua New Guinea. Shots of terrified animals fleeing as trees are felled and land blasted are presented as humorous - how times have changed. The third, the Italian set Giuseppina, apparently won an Oscar, I found it pretty disposible but what do I know. As usual the booklet is attractive and the overall package, although probably more 3.5 than 4 stars, is definitely worth picking up.
To be honest, this review is mainly about the The Home Made Car, which is included as an extra along with two more short films from the sixties called Giuseppina and Skyhook. The short films were used as BBC Colour Test Transmissions back in the late 1960's and were all directed by James Hill. The Home Made Car was my favorite Trade Test film and its great to watch it again in all its glory on my HD TV... How times have changed.
James Hill was a very talented director and theses four films are all very different and very entertaining. All are well worth watching.
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