The acclaimed Scottish filmmaker Bill Forsyth is celebrated by the BFI with its Flipside release of That Sinking Feeling in April 2014. This definitive Dual Format Edition of Forsyth’s hilarious 1979 debut has been lovingly produced with the full collaboration of its director, and input from one of its most ardent and high profile fans, Mark Kermode. Newly remastered in High Definition, this inventive low-budget masterpiece can finally be experienced with its original Glaswegian dialogue track and in its correct aspect ratio. Among the disc’s extensive extra features are a full-length audio commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode, a number of rarely seen short films and documentaries and a dryly funny BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance film made by Forsyth in 2009.
Other new releases to look forward to this spring/early summer include:
- Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBookTM editions of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) and Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) (May)
- The Werner Herzog Collection – mammoth Blu-ray and DVD box sets compiling 18 of the legendary German director’s films from late 1960s to the early 1980s, including The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967); Last Words (1968); Precautions Against Fanatics (1969); Fata Morgana (1971); Handicapped Future (1971); Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972); Land Of Silence and Darkness (1971); Heart of Glass (1976); Stroszek (1977); The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974); The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974); How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1978); Woyzeck (1979); Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979); Fitzcarraldo (1982); Huie’s Sermon (1983); God’s Angry Man (1983); and Cobre Verde (1987). Extras include Jack Bond’s long-unseen South Bank Show on Herzog from 1982. (July)
- Seven Samurai – digitally remastered 60th anniversary SteelBookTM and DVD editions of Kurosawa’s world-renowned classic (April)
- The Children’s Film Foundation Collection: Runaways – three classic British films including Hide and Seek (1979) (starring a teenage Gary Kemp) and Bond director Lewis Gilbert’s early film Johnny on the Run (1953) (April)
- Alain Robbe-Grillet: Six Films 1964-1974 – Blu-ray and DVD box sets making the controversial French director/writer’s enigmatic and sexually-charged films available for the very first time. Digitally remastered presentations of all films, including Trans-Europ Express (1966) and Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974), as well as interviews and exclusive audio commentaries by world-renowned cult cinema authority, Tim Lucas (June)
- Eyes Without a Face – Dual Format Edition of George Franju’s notorious 1960 arthouse horror with extensive extra features (July)
As always, the BFI’s DVD and Blu-ray releases carry the highest quality film presentations and are packaged with contextualising extra features and fully illustrated booklets, providing the very best way to experience the wealth of content on offer.