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Short Sharp Shocks: Volume 3

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Released: 9th October 2023. The third in the critically acclaimed BFI Flipside series – continuing its ongoing mission to curate an alternative Brit-screen history of overlooked rarities in deluxe home-entertainment editions – is a further compelling compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects from the heyday of the British cinematic supporting programme.Settle down for another strange cinematic journey through uncanny stories, twists in the tale, low-budget weirdness, stylish spectacle, avant-garde art, peculiar public information, monstrous music and provocative experiment – many ultra-rare and all with oodles of atmosphere and in High Definition. The Films:  Return to Glennascaul (Hilton Edwards, 1951, 23 mins) Strange Stories (John Guillermin and Don Chaffey, 1953, 45 mins) Strange Experiences: Grandpa (Derick Williams, 1956, 4 mins) Strange Experiences: Old Silas (Derick Williams, 1956, 4 mins) Maze (Bob Bentley, 1970, 13 mins) Skinflicker (Tony Bicât, 1973, 43 mins) Broken Bottle (1973, 1 min) Don’t Fool Around With Fireworks (1973, 1 min) The Terminal Game (Geoff Lowe, 1982, 34 mins) Wings of Death (Nichola Bruce and Michael Coulson, 1985, 21 mins) Extras: Getting Lost (2023, 20 mins): an interview with filmmaker and artist Bob Bentley, director of Maze Touch a Nerve (2023, 26 mins): interview with Skinflicker director Tony Bicât Actor Henry Woolf’s personal pencil-annotated copy of the Skinflicker script by Howard Brenton Flying High (2023, 31 mins): an interview with Nichola Bruce and Michael Coulson, directors of Wings of Death Wings of Death: Behind the Scenes (2023, 7 mins): co-director Nichola Bruce’s chronological edit of her 8mm footage of the shoot Playing Music (2023, 8 mins): renowned composer Colin Towns looks back on his score for The Terminal Game A Vandyke Production: Roger Proudlock and Strange Stories (2023, 7 mins): video essay on 1950s British film producer Roger Proudlock by the BFI’s Vic Pratt A Game of Two Halves (2023, 28 mins): interview with The Terminal Game writer and director Geoff Lowe Rare photographs taken on the set of Wings of Death by Steve Pyke Image galleries for Maze,Skinflicker, and Wings of Death Newly commissioned sleeve artwork by renowned illustrator Graham Humphreys **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet including new writing by Bob Bentley, Nichola Bruce, Tony Bicât, Geoff Lowe, Sarah Appleton, Jo Botting, Jonathan Rigby, and Vic Pratt

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  • Details

    Released:
    9th October 2023
    Category:
    Shorts
    Format:
    Blu-ray
    Barcode:
    5035673014745
  • Description

    The third in the critically acclaimed BFI Flipside series – continuing its ongoing mission to curate an alternative Brit-screen history of overlooked rarities in deluxe home-entertainment editions – is a further compelling compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects from the heyday of the British cinematic supporting programme.Settle down for another strange cinematic journey through uncanny stories, twists in the tale, low-budget weirdness, stylish spectacle, avant-garde art, peculiar public information, monstrous music and provocative experiment – many ultra-rare and all with oodles of atmosphere and in High Definition.

    The Films: 
    Return to Glennascaul (Hilton Edwards, 1951, 23 mins)
    Strange Stories (John Guillermin and Don Chaffey, 1953, 45 mins)
    Strange Experiences: Grandpa (Derick Williams, 1956, 4 mins)
    Strange Experiences: Old Silas (Derick Williams, 1956, 4 mins)
    Maze (Bob Bentley, 1970, 13 mins)
    Skinflicker (Tony Bicât, 1973, 43 mins)
    Broken Bottle (1973, 1 min)
    Don’t Fool Around With Fireworks (1973, 1 min)
    The Terminal Game (Geoff Lowe, 1982, 34 mins)
    Wings of Death (Nichola Bruce and Michael Coulson, 1985, 21 mins)

    Extras:
    • Getting Lost (2023, 20 mins): an interview with filmmaker and artist Bob Bentley, director of Maze
    • Touch a Nerve (2023, 26 mins): interview with Skinflicker director Tony Bicât
    • Actor Henry Woolf’s personal pencil-annotated copy of the Skinflicker script by Howard Brenton
    • Flying High (2023, 31 mins): an interview with Nichola Bruce and Michael Coulson, directors of Wings of Death
    • Wings of Death: Behind the Scenes (2023, 7 mins): co-director Nichola Bruce’s chronological edit of her 8mm footage of the shoot
    • Playing Music (2023, 8 mins): renowned composer Colin Towns looks back on his score for The Terminal Game
    • A Vandyke Production: Roger Proudlock and Strange Stories (2023, 7 mins): video essay on 1950s British film producer Roger Proudlock by the BFI’s Vic Pratt
    • A Game of Two Halves (2023, 28 mins): interview with The Terminal Game writer and director Geoff Lowe
    • Rare photographs taken on the set of Wings of Death by Steve Pyke
    • Image galleries for Maze,Skinflicker, and Wings of Death
    • Newly commissioned sleeve artwork by renowned illustrator Graham Humphreys
    • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet including new writing by Bob Bentley, Nichola Bruce, Tony Bicât, Geoff Lowe, Sarah Appleton, Jo Botting, Jonathan Rigby, and Vic Pratt
    Region Code:
    Region B
    Duration:
    195 minutes
    Extras:
    Language(s): English, Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Behind the Scenes, Booklet, Bonus Footage, Documentaries: 'The Strange Stories Scrapbook', Image Gallery, Interviews: Bob Bentley (filmmaker/artist); Tony Bicat (director); Nichola Bruce and Michael Coulson (directors); Colin Towns (composer); Geoff Lowe (director), Rare script, stills, images and footage
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