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British Transport Films Volume Two: See Britain By Train British Transport Films Volume Two: See Britain By Train

See Britain by Train is the second of the BFI's double-disc DVD compilations of British Transport Films. It represents the very best of British travel filmmaking from the post-war era. See Britain by Train is the second of the BFI's double-disc DVD compilations of British Transport Films. It represents the very best of British travel filmmaking from the post-war era.
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See Britain by Train is the second of the BFI's double-disc DVD compilations of British Transport Films. It represents the very best of British travel filmmaking from the post-war era.

This new collection focuses on the beautifully crafted and poetic travelogue films that were made during the 1950s and early 1960s to inspire the public to travel and to promote business. The films are very subtle in their message and whether promoting day return trips, party travel or family holidays, they succeed brilliantly in combining fantasy and reality. In images as diverse as bustling cities, scenes of idyllic rural tranquillity and majestic mountain landscapes, they offer an escapist paradise to a bygone era where permanent sunshine and adventure are just a journey away. See Britain by Train contains over four hours of footage.

Highlights include:

* Cyclists Special (1955) - A very rare and novel film of how British Railways can cater for party travel.
* Holiday (1957) - The 1950s free-cinema movement inspired new styles of non-fiction filmmaking. This film catches all the atmosphere of a traditional holiday by the sea, along with the zest and good humour of ordinary people released from their everyday routine.
* The Heart is Highland (1952) - One of the most popular of all the BTF films shows aspects of the lives of Highlanders, linking developments in industry, agriculture and transport with the country's dramatic past.
* Any Man's Kingdom (1956) - Previously unavailable in the BTF series, this stunning film also captures the heart-warming Northumbrian atmosphere.
* The England of Elizabeth (1957) - This triple international award-winning film looks back in wonder at the Shakespearean era and the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, with commentary narrated by Alec Clunes and a score by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Disc 1

* West Country Journey (1953, col, 26mins)
* Letter for Wales (1960, col & b&w, 25mins)
* Cyclists Special (1955, col, 16mins)
* Holiday (1957, col, 18mins)
* The Heart is Highland (1952, col, 20mins)
* Any Man's Kingdom (1956, col, 20mins)

Disc 2

* Glasgow Belongs to Me (1966, 17mins)
* The England of Elizabeth (1957, col, 27mins)
* Capital Visit (1955, col, 20mins)
* The Heart of England (1954, col, 20mins)
* East Anglian Holiday (1954, col, 20mins)
* The Coasts of Clyde (1959, col, 20mins)

See Britain by Train is the second of the BFI's double-disc DVD compilations of British Transport Films. It represents the very best of British travel filmmaking from the post-war era.

This new collection focuses on the beautifully crafted and poetic travelogue films that were made during the 1950s and early 1960s to inspire the public to travel and to promote business. The films are very subtle in their message and whether promoting day return trips, party travel or family holidays, they succeed brilliantly in combining fantasy and reality. In images as diverse as bustling cities, scenes of idyllic rural tranquillity and majestic mountain landscapes, they offer an escapist paradise to a bygone era where permanent sunshine and adventure are just a journey away. See Britain by Train contains over four hours of footage.

Highlights include:

* Cyclists Special (1955) - A very rare and novel film of how British Railways can cater for party travel.
* Holiday (1957) - The 1950s free-cinema movement inspired new styles of non-fiction filmmaking. This film catches all the atmosphere of a traditional holiday by the sea, along with the zest and good humour of ordinary people released from their everyday routine.
* The Heart is Highland (1952) - One of the most popular of all the BTF films shows aspects of the lives of Highlanders, linking developments in industry, agriculture and transport with the country's dramatic past.
* Any Man's Kingdom (1956) - Previously unavailable in the BTF series, this stunning film also captures the heart-warming Northumbrian atmosphere.
* The England of Elizabeth (1957) - This triple international award-winning film looks back in wonder at the Shakespearean era and the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, with commentary narrated by Alec Clunes and a score by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Disc 1

* West Country Journey (1953, col, 26mins)
* Letter for Wales (1960, col & b&w, 25mins)
* Cyclists Special (1955, col, 16mins)
* Holiday (1957, col, 18mins)
* The Heart is Highland (1952, col, 20mins)
* Any Man's Kingdom (1956, col, 20mins)

Disc 2

* Glasgow Belongs to Me (1966, 17mins)
* The England of Elizabeth (1957, col, 27mins)
* Capital Visit (1955, col, 20mins)
* The Heart of England (1954, col, 20mins)
* East Anglian Holiday (1954, col, 20mins)
* The Coasts of Clyde (1959, col, 20mins)

Extras

  • A booklet containing an introduction and film notes by BTF historian Steven Foxon accompanies the discs.

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Additional Info

SKU 5035673007150
Catalogue Number BFIVD715
Subtitle See Britain By Train
Year 1952-1966
Director Various
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Running time 249 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate Exempt

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