- Directors: Various
- Format: Dolby, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 24 Feb. 2014
- Run Time: 207 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00GINB9B2
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The British Transport Films Collection Vol 12: The Driving Force (2-Disc DVD)
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THE BRITISH TRANSPORT FILMS COLLECTION VOLUME 12
THE DRIVING FORCE
Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, British Transport Films was led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey a founding father of the British documentary movement and became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.
Volume twelve in this series of double-DVD sets presents a selection of previously unreleased films that look at the improvements, developments and new services offered by British Transport in the post-war period. Highlights include Future Works (1969), an enthralling tour of the Swindon railway workshops, and Partners in Prosperity (1982), which outlines plans for a truly modern integrated road and rail transport structure in Scotland.
This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike.
- Disc One
- Bridge of Song (1955, 15 mins)
- Joe Brown at Clapham (1965, 15 mins)
- Diesel Power On British Railways (1965, 8 mins)
- Rail Report 6: The Good Way to Travel (1965, 19 mins)
- The Driving Force (1966, 24 mins)
- Speedrail to the South (1967, 11 mins)
- Contact with the Heart of England (1967, 9 mins)
- Disc Two
- Freight Flow (1969, 21 mins)
- The Future Works (1969, 21 mins)
- Going Places Fast (1974, 15 mins)
- Creating a Diversion (1980, 10 mins)
- Partners In Prosperity (1982, 20 mins)
- Intercity 1250 (1982, 4 mins)
- Belief In The Future (1976, 15 mins): Internal communications film for British Rail in which Peter Parker, the new BR chairman, addresses his employees on the challenge
- Fully illustrated booklet
UK | 1955 1982 | black & white, and colour | English language | 207 minutes | DVD9 x 2 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD
Top customer reviews
However I note that the writers of the accompanying notes regard some of these as less successful; hardly surprising given that previous volumes of BTF material have probably already given us the best out of their total output of 700 plus. I have to agree that some of the material is less interesting and I do suspect that we are beginning to have had the very best already. But as social commentary it is good and for that reason I recommend it. Also the reproduction of a Cuneo painting on the box lid is a nice extra.
I found the selection fascinating: only one from the 1950s, seven from the 1960s, two 1970s and three 1980s. Thus it covers a period I remember well and plenty of shots reflecting the values of those days – some one lighting a cigarette at work using the heat of red hot metal; Joe Brown wearing a tie under a crew neck jumper – reflecting the values of those days.
While BR were pushing their modernity, the shots of the buses showed plenty of rear entry open platform double deckers and Austin 1100s and similar. It seems that at seat meals served by attentive and smartly presented waiters were plentiful on train services, a sharp contrast to today.
One thing I had forgotten was how grim the colour known as Rail Blue on local rolling stock looked when it was not relieved with light grey.
On the "Driving Force" film, the picture has a sort of faint mosaic effect to it, that give the impression of lines all the way down it.
The sound quality on this one is quite poor with a flat sound with the high end missing.
Others have some sound issues too.
It is still worth the price, but a professional DVD maker should do better.
Anyone interested in railways, this is a set you must own, well worth the wait, as each volume comes out about every 12 months. All the films were filmed when the railways of Great Britain were still mainly governed by steam. You also see the transition to when Diesels, and Electric traction started to come in on the railways too.
I found the series so far very enjoyable.Most of the films are actually filmed by the various railway companies, and also by British Railways own film unit.
Please note If you live or Buying form outside the United Kingdom (Britain ) you mind DVD player problems.
If you this one to fancy Buy the Rest of British Transport Film Vol 1 to 9 are in Box Set but Vol 10,11 and 12 are not