Rita, Sue and Bob Too among BFI Blu-ray/DVD releases for May 2017

❉ Details and draft packshot designs for the BFI’s DVD/Blu-ray releases for 22 May 2017.

Following last year’s landmark box set, Alan Clarke at the BBC, comes the UK Blu-ray premiere of the director’s much-loved comedy, Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Shot in 1986, around the housing estates and countryside of Bradford, with a controversial and hilarious script by Andrea Dunbar, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, starring Michelle Holmes, George Costigan and Siobhan Finneran, will be released in a Dual Format Edition in a new 2K transfer, mastered from original film materials. Newly produced for this release is an exclusive feature-length documentary with contributions from many cast members. BFI hope to hold a special launch screening of the film at BFI Southbank.

Max Ophuls’ Madame de… (1953) receives a welcome release on Blu-ray and DVD. This recently restored period classic from the director of La Ronde and Letter from an Unknown Woman is famed for its lightly nuanced performances, the marvellously detailed sets, and the elegant artifice of the plotting. Madame de… is released in the same month that its glamourous and iconic star Danielle Darrieux celebrates her 100th birthday.

In NOTFILM, filmmaker Ross Lipman explores the literary, cinematic and personal history surrounding the production of Samuel Beckett’s only screenplay for cinema; FILM (1965) starring Buster Keaton. Enthusiastically received at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, NOTFILM will be released in a Dual Format Edition along with FILM, which has been restored by Lipman and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

News source: BFI

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