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The most engrossing long-distance documentary project in the history of film

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by titch, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. titch

    titch Supporting Actor

    Nov 7, 2012
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    Kevin Oppegaard
    British Netwerk received a lot of praise for their painstaking restoration of Monty Python's Flying Circus on blu ray. They have also released the entire series of what Roger Ebert called "one of the great imaginative leaps in film", all episodes fully restored from the original camera negatives.

    This film began in 1963 as a documentary for British television, 7 UP. The assignment for director Michael Apted was to interview several 7-year-olds from different British social classes, races, backgrounds and parts of the country, simply talking with them about what they found important or interesting about their lives. Seven years later, when the subjects were 14, Apted tracked them down and interviewed them again, 14 UP. He repeated the process when they were 21, and again when they were 28, 35, 42, 49, 56 - and the final instalment last year: 63 UP. It's a monumental work - Ebert put It on his list of the 10 greatest films of all time. It's extraordinary - there is nothing else out there like this. The films, with the exception of 63 UP have not been available on blu ray before and previous versions on DVD had battered and scratchy versions of the old films. Now they all look like they were filmed yesterday. Region 'B'-locked, with subtitles and some supplements. Anyone who is interested in film and documentaries should get this.


  2. bigshot

    bigshot Cinematographer

    Jan 30, 2008
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    This series is great and incredibly illuminating. The only documentary series that comes close is The World At War.

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