British Railways - Transport Films

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Blue Pullman is a 1960 short documentary colour film directed by James Ritchie, which follows the development, preparation and a journey from Manchester to London on new British Rail Blue Pullman units. As with earlier British Transport Films, many of the personnel, scientists, engineers, crew and passengers were featured in the 20 minute film. It won several awards, including the Technical & Industrial Information section of the Festival for Films for Television in 1961. The film is also particularly noted for its score, by Clifton Parker, which, unlike the earlier Elizabethan Express is uninterrupted by any commentary.

Terminus; John Schlesinger's B&W short reveals how democratising railways were. In 1961, everybody used the train; in a single day, the film catches vignettes from childhood, marriage, work, crime and punishment, old age, death. One could go practically anywhere by train, and Schlesinger knew that, to get on a train could change your life. Only two years before Dr Beeching's cuts, one might expect a service very shortly to be decimated to look run down, but the station is alive, vital. There is an obvious pride in the railway etched on many of the characters' faces. There is no narration. Instead, Terminus's carefully chosen on-location sound recordings complement, and are equal to, the images.

Viewing Note: The Blue Pullman film is a high quality colour transfer, the Terminus film is a lower quality B&W transfer. Both are worthy viewing simply from a historical standpoint.

Product Specifications
Media Format DVDR
Video Format PAL
Region ALL
Aspect Ratio 16:9 & 4:3
Audio Format Dolby 2.0
Running Time 55 MIN

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