Martin Scorsese classics among BFI DVD releases for January-March 2017

Two of Martin Scorsese’s finest early films and a double bill by great Filipino director Lino Brocka head up our winter releases.


Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore packshot

Our first batch of new releases in 2017 includes DVD releases of two films from the legendary director Martin Scorsese, new restorations of Chaplin shorts, plus important world cinema rediscoveries.

As part of the BFI’s major Martin Scorsese retrospective taking place during early 2017, March will see the release of DVD editions of Who’s That Knocking at My Door and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

Who’s That Knocking at My Door packshot

In January, Victor Erice’s (Spirit of the Beehive) magical El sur will be released on DVD/Blu-ray. Acclaimed as “perfection” by Little White Lies on its recent theatrical release, and considered by the award-winning director Pedro Almodóvar as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time, this marks the first time it has been available on any home entertainment format in the UK.

El Sur DVD and Blu-ray packshot (Draft artwork only)

January also sees the release of new restorations of Charlie Chaplin’s legendary Essanay Comedies, available as separate 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray collections.

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies Blu-ray packshot (Draft artwork only)

February see will see the release of the re-scheduled Dual Format edition of Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning The Crying Game, along with a Dual Format release of Isaac Julien’s controversial Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask. We’ll also be releasing the epic Chinese melodrama The Spring River Flows East on DVD, recently restored by the Chinese Film Archive.

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask DVD and Blu-ray packshot (Draft artwork only)

The Spring River Flows East DVD packshot (Draft artwork only)

As well as the new Scorsese titles, March sees the release of Lino Brocka: Two Films. Featuring recent restorations by the World Cinema Project of Manila in the Claws of Light  and Insiang, this 4-disc Dual Format collection will finally make the key works of one of the Philippines’ greatest film directors available in the UK.

Finally we are pleased to announce that, having tracked down an HD master of Charles Burnett’s The Glass Shield, we will be able to release it as a Dual Format edition rather than on DVD only. This means that the release date has been moved from November to January 2017.

The Glass Shield DVD and Blu-ray packshot (Draft artwork only)

All titles can be pre-ordered from BFI Shop.

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