DVD Box sets of work by Terence Rattigan, Andrei Tarkovsky and Danny Boyle
Abbas Kiarostami and David Leland collections also released in June
If you are still buying DVDs in these straightened, downloaded times then you are going to want a bit of bang for your buck. Box sets are the way forward and late June and July are surprisingly full of intriguing new releases. The Terence Rattigan Collection (2 Entertain ●●●●) marks the centenary this sophisticated and enduring playwright’s birth and contains BBC Play of the Month versions of Separate Tables, French Without Tears and the decent film version The Winslow Boy from 1985. There are also loads of interviews with Rattigan and live shot performance films. If you like your Rattigan it’s a great package with a great price tag (under £30).
The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection (Artificial Eye ●●●●●) should have a space on every cineaste’s shelf as it contains all seven of Tarkovsky’s features, from Ivan’s Childhood to The Sacrifice. All Tarkovsky’s films are worth checking out and some of them are the kind of masterpieces (Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Nostalgia) that will have you thinking for days.
The Danny Boyle Collection (Fox ●●●●) makes its debut on Blu-ray and contains this great director’s last four features: 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire.
The Abbas Kiarostami Collection 1997-2011 (Artificial Eye ●●●●) brings together six excellent films by the Iranian filmmaker, they are: Certified Copy, Ten, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, ABC Africa (otherwise unavailable) and 10 on Ten. It’s all Persian gold.
Finally Tales Out of School: Four Plays by David Leland (Network ●●●●) uncovers the mighty writing talents of Leland with four of his very best television scripts, the most famous of which: Made in Britain directed by the brilliant Alan Clarke, made a star of Tim Roth as a racist skinhead. The other films: Birth of a Nation (featuring Jim Broadbent as an old authoritarian teacher at odds with progressives), Flying into the Wind (about home education) and R.H.I.N.O (about the failures of the social system) prove that Leland is a major polemicist whose work should be celebrated more.