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on 19 May 2012
This is the second of three volumes of the BFI's project to release all of British filmmaker Humphrey Jenning's films on DVD and Blu-ray. As with Volume One, this is a Dual-format package including both a Blu-ray and DVD with the same films on both. Fitting in with the chronological sequence of the volumes, these are the films he made during World War II. There are far fewer films than the previous volume, though one of them, 'Fires Were Started', clocks in at over a hour, while another, 'The Silent Village' is 35 minutes long. The full list of films included here is:

The Heart of Britain (1941)
Words for Battle (1941)
Listen to Britain (1941)
Fires Were Started (1943)
The Silent Village (1943)

As with the previous collection, the Blu-ray shows the limitation of the old film prints which these transfers were taken directly from, though they generally look very good for films that are now 70 years old. There's another comprehensive booklet inside, with notes about each film, and two extra features on the disc - one is 'This is England' which is an alternative cut of 'The Heart of Britain', and the other is 'I Was a Fireman', which runs at 74 minutes and is the original cut of 'Fires Were Started'.
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