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Pre-Order: Short Sharp Shocks (Flipside 41) (2-Disc Blu-ray)


A compelling BFI Flipside compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects

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Released 16 November 2020

The latest 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 compelling compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects from the heyday of the British cinematic supporting programme. This carefully-curated collection – the first of its kind anywhere - includes a plethora of sought-after titles, some newly remastered in HD for the very first time – and showcases an eclectic range of delights spanning the second half of the 20th century from the 1940s right through to the 1980s.

A lavish double-disc limited edition set, it comes complete with an illustrated booklet with full credits and new contextual writing on the films by devotees of the field. Expect strange, spooky stories, odd twists in the tale, imaginative low-budget weirdness and oodles of atmosphere in these juicy bite-size morsels of cult film delight from decades gone by.   

Featuring the following films:

  • Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Tell-Tale Heart (J B Williams, 1953)
  • Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Twenty Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969)
  • The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973)
  • The Lake (Lindsey C Vickers, 1978)
  • The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980)

Strictly limited edition of 3,000 copies

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

Browse more BFI Flipside titles.

  • Interview with Peter Shillingford (2020): newly recorded interview with the producer of Twenty Nine
  • Interview with David McGillivray (2020): newly recorded interview the writer of The Errand
  • Interview with Kate Lees (2020): the chair of Adelphi Films discusses the 2017 discovery of the long thought lost 1953 short The Tell-Tale Heart starring Stanley Baker
  • Interview with Renee Glynn (2020): newly recorded interview with the script-supervisor on Twenty Nine
  • Interview with Julie Peasgood (2020): newly recorded interview with the star of The Lake and House of the Long Shadows
  • Image galleries for The Tell-Tale Heart, The Lake and The Errand
  • Script galleries for The Lake and The Errand
  • The original short story of The Errand, presented as a viewable gallery
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt, Dr Josephine Botting, William Fowler, Jonathan Rigby, Peter Shillingford, Lindsey C Vickers and David McGillivray
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SKU 5035673013960
Catalogue Number BFIB1396
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1949 - 1980
Director Anthony Gilkison, J B Williams, Theodore Zichy, Brian Cummins, Derek Robbins, Lindsey Vickers and Nigel Finch
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 216 min total
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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