In January, we are releasing a moving and emotional masterpiece of British animation on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman) from his bestselling book, When the Wind Blows (1986) features an original soundtrack by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and a title song by David Bowie.
In February, Hotel Salvation premieres on Blu-ray and DVD. This charming film was released theatrically by the BFI to great acclaim in August 2017 and marks the emergence of a new talent in world cinema, the young director Shubhashish Bhutiani, whose work was likened by critics to Bergman, Ozu and Satyajit Ray. The Blu-ray and DVD will also include Bhutiani’s award-winning short Kush.
Another highlight of the BFI’s year-long celebration India on Film, Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928) proved a sensational success as this year’s BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala film. The DVD/Blu-ray features the new restoration of the film by the BFI National Archive, accompanied by Anoushka Shankar’s stunning new score.
Also out in February is Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute (1975). The great auteur puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer’s best-loved works. The film also has theatrical screenings at BFI Southbank and across the UK during winter 2017/18.
Derek Jarman’s multi-faceted work is inspirational in its fearlessness, yet remains touchingly personal. Through the provocativeness of Jubilee (1978), The Tempest (1979) and The Angelic Conversation (1985), Jarman invoked Elizabethan occultist Dr John Dee and explored alchemical imagery, while in Sebastiane (1976) and Caravaggio (1986) he revived key gay and homo-erotic figures from the past – with edgy and unmistakable style. His enduring legacy is celebrated in a lavish limited edition Blu-ray box set containing these first five features, newly scanned at 2K from original film elements, alongside an exciting array of new and archival extras. It will be released in March 2018, with a second volume following later in the year.
Daisy Asquith’s acclaimed Queerama has a DVD release in March. Created from the treasure trove of the BFI National Archive, the story traverses a century of gay experiences, with a soundtrack featuring the music of John Grant, Goldfrapp and Hercules & Love Affair.
In March, Jean Cocteau’s hugely influential La Belle et la Bête gets a Blu-ray upgrade featuring a 4K restoration by SNC/Groupe M6 and the Cinémathèque Française. Cocteau’s version of the fairytale – the first feature film of the story – transformed this morality tale into a poetic painting, inspired by Vermeer and Gustave Doré.
Finally, Kon Ichikawa’s An Actor’s Revenge (1963) gets a long overdue high definition release via a new 4K restoration. Made in 1963, this wildly melodramatic tale of a kabuki female impersonator who exacts a long-delayed revenge on the men who drove his parents to suicide, is a cinematic tour de force and a gem of postwar Japanese film heritage.
All titles will be available to pre-order from BFI shop and all other good retailers.