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Privilege (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)

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Product details

  • Actors: Jean Shrimpton, Paul Jones
  • Directors: Peter Watkins
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005R17ZH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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BFI Flipside presents

PRIVILEGE (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Peter Watkins

THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) plays Steven Shorter, the biggest pop star of his day, whose endorsement influences the actions of the masses. In reality, though, he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country's youth under control. Also starring sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton, Privilege is available in the UK for the first time since its original release.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Original Privilege trailer
  • The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, 1959, 17 mins): a WW1 soldier shares his innermost feelings as he prepares for combat
  • The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, 1961, 19 mins): a gripping newsreel-style account of the 1956 peoples uprising in Hungary
  • Illustrated booklet with new essays by film historian Robert Murphy and Watkins specialist John Cook

UK | 1967 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 103 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

About the Director

Steve Shorter, the biggest pop star of his day, is loved by millions; his approval or endorsement can guide the choices and actions of the masses. But, in reality, he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country's youth under control. Only an act of complete rebellion can set him free.

Starring Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones as Shorter, and iconic Sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton as the girl who tries to help him defy the system, Privilege is the third feature from provocative British director Peter Watkins, a filmmaker who's unique vérité-style and oppositional themes have continually met with controversy throughout his career. Remastered in high-definition and made available in the UK for the first time since its original cinema release, Privilege is presented here with two of Watkins' earliest film works.

Extra Features:

  • All films remastered to High Definition
  • Original Privilege trailer
  • The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, 1969, 17 mins )
  • The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, 1961, 17 mins )
  • Extensive illustrated booklet with essays by Peter Watkins, film historian Robert Murphy, and Watkins specialist John Cook.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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