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Distant Voices, Still Lives (Blu-ray)


Restored in 4K resolution by the BFI for the film's 30th anniversary

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary and following a theatrical release to renewed critical acclaim, the BFI brings Terence Davies’ poetic, heart-breaking feature Distant Voices, Still Lives to Blu-ray in a stunning new 4K restoration. The film is accompanied by many extra features including a new Q&A with Terence Davies, his own audio commentary, interviews, trailers and more.

The film, depicting life in working-class Liverpool from the 1940s into the 50s, is already a modern classic.

Now that Eileen, Maisie, and Tony are adults, their childhood memories – and in particular those associated with their father – are inconsistent. While Eileen clings to happier times, her siblings remember his brutal violent nature, which has been a major influence on their growth and development. This troubled family must deal with the day-to-day alongside their past. Terence Davies creates a loving portrait with this partly autobiographical tale (shot in two sections), and it was voted one of the greatest British films by Sight & Sound.

Distant Voices Still Lives has been restored in 4K resolution by the BFI under the supervision and approval of director Terence Davies.


• Q&A With Terence Davies (2018, 32 mins): recorded after the UK premiere of the new restoration at BFI Southbank
• Audio commentary by Terence Davies: the director scrutinises his film in this commentary from 2007
• Interview with Terence Davies (2007, 20 mins): director Terence Davies discusses his work with film critic Geoff Andrew
• Interview with Miki van Zwanenberg (2007, 7 mins): the film’s art director looks back on its making
• Introduction by Mark Kermode (2016, 2 mins)
• Images of Liverpool in Archive Film (1939-42, 62 mins): three archive shorts depicting the city of Liverpool and its community
• Original and 2018 trailers
• Image gallery
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Derek Malcolm and art director Miki van Zwanenberg, essays by Geoff Andrew and Adrian Danks, and full film credits

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SKU 5035673013120
Catalogue Number BFIB1312
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1988
Director Terence Davies
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Aspect ratio Original aspect ratio 1.78:1
Sound PCM stereo audio
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 84 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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