Rent Ken Russell: The Great Composers (1968)

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Rent Ken Russell: The Great Composers (aka Elgar / The Debussy Film / Song of Summer) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
These astonishing documentaries, by groundbreaking director Ken Russell (Valentino, The Devils), were originally broadcast in the BBC TV arts documentary strands Monitor and Omnibus. 'Elgar' (1962), Russell's tribute to the music he loved, is remarkable for its sensitive portrayal of the rise of a young musician from an underprivileged background to international fame. 'The Debussy Film' (1965), co-written by Melvyn Bragg, is a truly experimental work that culminates in a sublimely ethereal finale.
Perhaps the finest of Russell's 1960s biographical BBC productions, 'Song of Summer' (1968) is an immensely moving story of sacrifice, idealism and musical genius which charts the final five years in the life of Frederick Delius.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Humphrey Burton, Ken Russell
Voiced By:
Huw Wheldon
Writers:
Ken Russell, Huw Wheldon, Melvyn Bragg, Eric Fenby
Aka:
Elgar / The Debussy Film / Song of Summer
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Music & Musicals, Special Interest, British TV, TV Classics, TV Documentaries
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/03/2016
Run Time:
211 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Land of Hope and Glory (1931, 3 mins): footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting the LSO at the opening of the new HMV (now Abbey Road) Studios
  • Elgar and the Three Choirs Festival (Harold Brooke, 1929-1932, 9 mins): amateur footage of Elgar at home and at the Three Choirs Festival
  • Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 10 mins): the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell
  • Ken Russell and Michael Kennedy audio commentary for Elgar (2002)
  • Kevin M Flanagan audio commentary for The Debussy Film
  • Ken Russell audio commentary for Song of Summer (2002)
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Elgar
- Debussy Film
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Song of Summer
- Special Features
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/03/2016
Run Time:
211 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Land of Hope and Glory (1931, 3 mins): footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting the LSO at the opening of the new HMV (now Abbey Road) Studios
  • Elgar and the Three Choirs Festival (Harold Brooke, 1929-1932, 9 mins): amateur footage of Elgar at home and at the Three Choirs Festival
  • Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 10 mins): the film editor talks about working with Ken Russell
  • Ken Russell and Michael Kennedy audio commentary for Elgar (2002)
  • Kevin M Flanagan audio commentary for The Debussy Film
  • Ken Russell audio commentary for Song of Summer (2002)

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