Kurosawa’s Ikiru, rare Michael Powell and a new Flipside among our Blu-ray releases for August and September

The lineup includes a landmark Irish folk horror which has rarely been seen for 40 years.

Ikiru (1952)

Released in August is the long awaited Blu-ray edition of Ikiru (1952). This marks the first time Akira Kurosawa’s intensely lyrical and moving masterpiece has been available on Blu-ray in the UK. Centred on an incredible central performance from Takashi Shimura as a civil service bureaucrat who reappraises his life after a cancer diagnosis, Ikiru was recently remade in 2022 as the Oscar-nominated Living starring Bill Nighy.

Ikiru Blu-ray

Throughout the 1930s, director Michael Powell honed his craft on a succession of modestly budgeted feature films produced under the UK’s screen ‘quota’ system. Many of these titles remain lost, but those which survive reveal a burgeoning talent. Our new 2-disc collection released in September, Michael Powell: Early Works, brings together five of those early films directed by Powell, newly remastered by the BFI National Archive, including murder mysteries, sensational thrillers and a comedy caper. 

Michael Powell: Early Works Blu-ray

Also released in September is the 49th release in our Flipside collection, The Outcasts, a previously unavailable Irish folk horror written and directed by the writer of The Blood on Satan’s Claw. Robert Wynne-Simmons’ film is set in an isolated rural community in pre-famine Ireland when poverty and magic were rife. Once billed as the first Irish feature film in 50 years, but hardly seen in the last 40 years, this new 2K restoration by the Irish Film Institute marks the first time The Outcasts has been available on Blu-ray. 

The Outcasts Blu-ray

All titles, including details of special features, are available to pre-order at the BFI Shop now.