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In The News: Austin Around Britain [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QGO3B4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of short films taking a nostalgic look back at the cars produced by the Austin Motor Company during the 1950s. The collection includes documentaries on the Austin Cambridge A40 and A50, and the design, building and testing of the Austin 7.

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If, like me, you go all misty eyed when you see classic cars from the 1950s then this is nostalgia of the highest order. It's all, as it says in the title, Austin of England and the documentaries (and bonus newsreels) provide snapshots of what motoring and England were all about in the post-war period. (The documentary on the birth and launch of what we know as the Mini is fascinating and after all the effort that is so obviously put into the building of these cars makes one wonders why they rusted so quickly!)
The films provide an excellent social commentary on life and people's aspirations in the aftermath of WW2 - highly recommended.
Finally, I'm sure it is Clive James providing the voiceover in the film of an Aussie visiting his old wartime English haunts, although no cast list is provided.
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I got this DVD as a Christmas present and even managed to watch most of it on Christmas Day!
The Austin Company and its successors are a source of great interest to me and I own or have owned many of its products dating from 1955 to 2005.
I had seen some of the content before but with fresh (old) film material, I found the whole thing rivetting.
Even my wife liked it as we watched it together on the second viewing.
My highlight was the Austin A50 Cambridge film "I am a Car" Newsreel. I am in the West Midlands and was able to accurately identify several locations around Sutton Coldfield almost unchanged after 60 years!
Nostalgia isn`t what it used to be! But this DVD is spot on for any BMC Enthusiast.
Enjoy!
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Being the owner of a 1956 Austin A40 Cambridge (same as the A50 but with a smaller engine) I am always on the look out for material relevant to my vehicle. It was a short lived production line between 1954-1957 and so is not always easy to find. I purchased this DVD specifically to watch 'I am a car' which focuses on the A40/A50 and I was not disappointed. Magnificent views of the production, testing and on the road operation. A35 and A95 Westminster fans (posh car) will be pleased with their films along with those original mini fans (you will not hear the word 'Mini' though) as it is designed and tested. All this along with 5 little bonus films adds up to a bargain 1hr 38 minutes of entertainment. The traffic of the era (or lack of it) is well worth watching. Highly recommended.
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A very enjoyable romp back through the decades.My parents owned one of the models featured & it was fascinating to see one out & about driving around an England thats "sadly" long gone. A must for nostalgia buffs!
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THIS WAS BOUGHT FOR MY HUSBAND WHO DOES LOVE CARS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT. HE FINDS A D.V.D. EVEN BETTER THAN A BOOK FOR IT TAKES UP LESS STORAGE ROOM. SOME BOOKS HAVE MANY MORE WORDS THAN PHOTOGRAPHS SO THE D.V.D. HAS BEEN WELCOMED GREATLY.
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