10. Akira Kurosawa – The Samurai Collection
This popular DVD set – first issued in 2010 – was joined by a Blu-ray reissue in September, again proving a hit with fans of classic Japanese cinema.
9. The British Transport Films Collection Volume 12
Every volume in this long-running series has been snapped up by fans of British railways and documentaries alike. Volume 12 was no exception when it was released in February.
8. The Epic of Everest
In January, this became the quickest selling British silent film ever released on DVD/Blu-ray. Simon Fisher Turner’s brilliant score won a prestigious Ivor Novello award in June.
7. London: The Modern Babylon
The Olympic legacy lived on with the continued popularity of director Julien Temple’s excellent 2012 archive-based documentary.
6. The Leopard
One of the bestselling BFI releases ever, Lucino Visconti’s epic remains essential for any serious world cinema DVD/Blu-ray collector.
5. The Changes
Watch the trailer for The Changes (1975)
Voted Uncut magazine’s TV and film DVD of 2014 (beating the likes of True Detective and Twin Peaks), The Changes was also the best selling of our BBC sci-fi releases.
4. That Sinking Feeling
Bill Forsyth’s low-budget debut was finally released with the original dialogue restored. Unsurprisingly, it was a huge hit in Glasgow and the cast reunited for a sold-out launch event at the Glasgow Film Theatre in April.
Boosted no doubt by the latest Hollywood remake, this year’s sales proved that Toho’s Godzilla (1954) remains the king of the movie monsters.
2. Ghost Stories for Christmas
As the winter nights drew in, sales of this box set rocketed. Put on the fire, pour yourself a whisky and enjoy some of the finest British TV of the 1970s.
1. Seven Samurai
Credit: Toho Co., Ltd
Kurosawa’s masterpiece was the BFI’s first-ever release on DVD back in 2001. It reclaimed the top spot in 2014 due to our newly remastered DVD, as well as being available on Blu-ray for the very first time.
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Based on Official Charts Company figures.