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Old 4th May 2018, 07:17 PM
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Not an upcoming release, but this is on the BFI Player, so I thought this was as good a place as any to put this!

The Ghost Train: Surviving footage of the first sound version of Arnold Ridley's famous railway station comedy thriller

"One of the most eagerly sought after lost British films, the first sound version of Arnold Ridley's successful railway station comedy thriller teams husband and wife comedians Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge. This footage is the only version known to survive and is, unfortunately, largely mute. Still, scenes of the passengers being stranded and enough of the exciting climax (complete with ten minutes of sound) remain to make you all the more eager for the complete film to be discovered."
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Old 24th May 2018, 01:34 PM
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BFI Jul/Aug 2018 releases
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Old 24th May 2018, 03:01 PM
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I'll certainly get The Comfort of Strangers and Eye of the Needle at some point and will probably have a look at It Happened Here when it hits a Fopp sale.
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Old 24th May 2018, 06:15 PM
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Oooh It Happened Here. Fricking SOLD
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Old 25th May 2018, 10:50 AM
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Excellent interview with Ben Stoddart, Business and Operations Manager at the BFI - more folk horror on the way by the sounds of it

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Old 25th May 2018, 12:07 PM
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Excellent interview with Ben Stoddart, Business and Operations Manager at the BFI - more folk horror on the way by the sounds of it

Blu-ray secrets with the BFI - Software
A good read, thanks for posting, Rob.

The BFI do seem keen on folk horror and ghost stories which is a good thing as so am i. From what Ben Stoddart was saying they are also their biggest sellers.
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Old 26th May 2018, 10:13 PM
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About time we saw this on BD or a Dual release please BFI-And uncut pleasseee!

Can't believe it's six years since this cracking package was released.

In this day and age,a bit of blasphemous,crazy film footage can't be deemed offensive....not when you see some of the attrocities that's readily available to view on the www
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Old 26th May 2018, 10:21 PM
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No point lobbying the BFI: this particular ball is (and has always been) firmly in Warner Bros’ court. The BFI did an amazing job of prising what they did out of them, but anything else isn’t within their gift.

Two further complications: the 2004 semi-restoration has only ever existed on standard-definition Digibeta, so a Blu-ray edition would require those sections of the film to be rescanned and reconstructed - and of course we can’t ever restore what was initially shown to the BBFC’s John Trevelyan in early 1971, because although the footage that Trevelyan privately recommended cutting still survives (the “rape of Christ” scene being the highlight), all the footage that was subsequently excised by the BBFC and Warner Bros during its official submission is believed to have been destroyed.

It may well be that the only person alive who’s seen the full version is editor Michael Bradsell, who’s in his mid-eighties.
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Old 27th May 2018, 10:16 AM
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No point lobbying the BFI: this particular ball is (and has always been) firmly in Warner Bros’ court. The BFI did an amazing job of prising what they did out of them, but anything else isn’t within their gift.

Two further complications: the 2004 semi-restoration has only ever existed on standard-definition Digibeta, so a Blu-ray edition would require those sections of the film to be rescanned and reconstructed - and of course we can’t ever restore what was initially shown to the BBFC’s John Trevelyan in early 1971, because although the footage that Trevelyan privately recommended cutting still survives (the “rape of Christ” scene being the highlight), all the footage that was subsequently excised by the BBFC and Warner Bros during its official submission is believed to have been destroyed.

It may well be that the only person alive who’s seen the full version is editor Michael Bradsell, who’s in his mid-eighties.
i can't press the 'like' button for this comment because its so depressing, but thanks for the clarification.
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Old 30th May 2018, 05:15 PM
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There's always a point in lobbying......if you don't ask....you don't get!

FFS WARNER'S!
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