Besides the announcement of the issue of Volume 9 of the BTF Unit films in December (see separate post), the BFI have also announced a special issue of a boxed set of Volumes 1-9 - date of issue not given.
This impressive 18-disc box set collects all nine volumes of the BFI's celebrated British Transport Films DVD series and fully illustrates the wide range of subjects the BTF Unit covered for over three decades. Released in a beautifully illustrated box containing slimlime cases and a fully illustrated booklet, with extensive notes and credits to each film, this remarkable collection serves much more than the transport enthusiast. It provides a unique insight into the changing social history of Britain from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Over a whopping 38 hours and 125 films, The British Transport Films Collection covers it all. From the very first BTF film Berth 24, to rare gems such as E for Experimental, The Travolators and Old Sam the Signalman, to travelogues revealing a changing Britain like This Year London and Letter for Wales to much-loved classics like Blue Pullman, Elizabethan Express, Terminus and John Betjeman Goes by Train, there's truly something here for everyone.
Throughout the films on this volume, the professional craftsmanship and artistry of the BTF Unit are on constant display. Their imaginative and innovative approaches to presentingan exhausting array ofsubjects remain an inspiration to filmmakers and fans alike.As always, the films on this collection have been digitally re-mastered from the best available film elements preserved at the BFI National Archive.
Cost will be £99.99 - a substantial saving on buying the separate volumes - can those of us who bought them one by one claim a discount?!!