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BFI 'Dual Format Editions' - Now launching in May!

Update (25th March): Originally planning to launch their new DVD and Blu-ray 'Dual Format Editions' in April with two classics from Yasujiro Ozu, the BFI have revised those plans due to a technical issue which has seen them move back Tokyo Story and Early Summer from 26 April to 19 July 2010, when they will be released alongside Ozu’s Late Spring. All three titles will appear in the new BFI Dual Format Editions packaging.

This means the BFI no longer have any titles due for release in April, but they do have five titles coming on 17th May including the (new) first 'Dual Format Editions'...

Institute Benjamenta (Brothers Quay, 1995) – Dual Format Edition
BFI Flipside series:
The Party’s Over (Guy Hamilton, 1963) – Dual Format Edition
The Pleasure Girls (Gerry O’Hara, 1965) – Dual Format Edition
Privilege (Peter Watkins, 1967) – Blu-ray
Kim Newman’s Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (retail-wide) – DVD (review)

Full details will be announced soon.

The original story can be found below complete with additional info on the Dual Format Editions...

The BFI have announced today the introduction of DVD and Blu-ray ‘Dual Format Editions’ on selected future releases. Launching on 26th April 2010 with two classics from Yasujiro Ozu - Tokyo Story and Early Summer - these Dual Format Editions will be priced at £19.99 RRP each and include the main feature and extras alike on both DVD and Blu-ray in one package. Over the next 12 months a total of 25 releases will be packaged this way.

Sam Dunn, Head of BFI Video Publishing, comments:

‘The idea behind Dual Format Editions is to provide film lovers with the ultimate win-win solution in a time of financial uncertainty and technological confusion. Not only does the price mean that the BFI's quality Blu-rays are instantly more affordable, but the inclusion of both DVD and Blu-ray in a single package means that the DVD buyer is safeguarded against upgrades they may make in the future at no extra cost.’

Existing Blu-ray customers will benefit both from the lower price and from the inclusion of a DVD, which offers greater flexibility for viewing away from the home cinema environment.

Other titles lined up for the BFI Dual Format treatment this year are the Quay Brothers' exquisite Institute Benjamenta (1995); Tony Garnett's controversial Prostitute (1980); celebrated James Bond director Guy Hamilton's long-lost The Party's Over (1965) starring Oliver Reed; Gerry O'Hara's swinging The Pleasure Girls (1965) starring Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski; a collection of acclaimed Hollywood director Tony Scott's early films, including Loving Memory (1970); and Mike Sarne's colourful Swinging Sixties masterpiece Joanna (1968).

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