An exalted pop star holds the country’s youth in his thrall, but secretly his popularity is being carefully managed by the state.

Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) plays Steven Shorter, the biggest pop star of his day, whose endorsement influences the actions of the masses. In reality, though, he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country’s youth under control. Also starring 60s supermodel Jean Shrimpton, Privilege is available in the UK for the first time since its original cinema release.

Special features

  • Original Privilege trailer.
  • The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, 1959, 17 min): a WWI soldier preparing for combat shares his innermost feelings.
  • The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, 1961, 18 min): a gripping newsreel-style account of the peoples’ uprising in Hungary, 1956.
  • Extensive illustrated booklet with essays by film historian Robert Murphy, and Watkins specialist John Cook.

Product information

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      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio


    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

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