Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Simon Murphy, Curator, Film and Photographs at London Transport Museum has confirmed that London Transport Museum has licensed the LT part of the BTF output to the BFI and that volume 10 of the DVD series will be out later in the summer. All films are remastered and represent a considerable improvement in quality over the EAVB/Beulah discs, many of which were made from 1990s one-inch tape masters.


Here is the BFI blurb:



Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey - a founding father of the British documentary movement - it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

This, the tenth in a series of double DVD box sets, presents a selection of films covering both bus and underground that The BTF produced for London Transport in the post-war period and includes classic such as All that Mighty Heart, Under Night Streets, Overhaul, as well as rare gems like Power Signal Lineman and Our Canteens.

This selection has been digitally remastered for this two-disc set, which is a 'must' not just for the transport enthusiast, but also for the documentary aficionado who will recognise traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking.


All that Mighty Heart (1951)
Our Canteens (1951)
One for One (1964)
Cine Gazette No.14: Do you Remember? (1955)
The Nine Road (1975)
London on the Move (1970)


Under Night Streets (1958)
Power Signal Lineman (1953)
Omnibus 150 (1979)
Cine Gazette No.10 (1951)
Moving London (1983)
AFC: Automatic Fare Collection and You (1969)
Overhaul (1957)

Special features:

Moving Millions (1947, 15 mins): A Central Office of Information film made by the Crown Film Unit in 1947 illustrating the scope of London Transport activities at their most extensive including bus, underground, trams and trolleybuses.

UK | 1947-1983 | black and white, and colour | 223 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1