Hapless British commander Lieutenant Goodbody (Michael Crawford) enthusiastically leads his troops on a series of debacles on the battlefields of World War Two – including the calamitous installation of a cricket pitch behind enemy lines...
Featuring John Lennon in his only non-musical screen performance, How I Won the War is a biting satire not just on war, but also the concept of the war movie. A surreal farce fantastically brought to life by Richard Lester’s stylised direction, it remains a unique and innovative cult comedy, which is presented here on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK.
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Neil Sinyard, writing by the BFI’s Ian O’Sullivan, recollections on Plod by The Scaffold’s Mike McCartney and full film credits.
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Animated Genesis (1952, 22 mins) and A Short Vision (1956, 6 mins): stylish, striking outstanding anti-war animations
Head Rag Hop (1970, 3 mins): bold blues-soundtracked Pop-art abstraction
Plod (1971, 21 mins): long thought lost, this absurdist anti-authoritarian fusion of poetry and pop music was shot on the streets of Liverpool, and stars supreme sound-satirists The Scaffold
Richard Lester in Conversation with Steven Soderbergh (1995, audio only): the director discusses his career in an interview recorded at the NFT
Feature commentary by Richard Lester authority Neil Sinyard
Trailers From Hell: THE KNACK…and how to get it and The Bed-Sitting Room. With audio commentaries by Allan Arkush and John Landis
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Neil Sinyard, writing by the BFI’s Ian O’Sullivan, recollections on Plod by The Scaffold’s Mike McCartney and full film credits