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Shooting Stars (Dual Format Edition) [DVD]

 

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Actors: Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop
Directors: Anthony Asquith, A V Bramble
Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Classification: PG
Studio: Bfi
DVD Release Date: 21 Mar. 2016
Run Time: 101 minutes

Product Description

 

SHOOTING STARS (Dual Format Edition)
Film by Anthony Asquith and A V Bramble

Shooting Stars is a must for any silent cinema fan. Offering a rare insight into the workings of a 1920s film studio, there are location scenes, comic stunts and an on-set jazz band which demonstrate just what life was like in the early days of cinema.

Despite the directing credit going to veteran filmmaker A V Bramble, Shooting Stars is universally acknowledged to be the directorial debut of rising talent Anthony Asquith. Asquith wrote the original story, deliberately choosing the subject of movie-making itself as his theme, and the dynamic cinematographic style and professional approach to the design and lighting was introduced by Asquith himself, based on his experiences at Chaplin's studio. The script is sophisticated, incorporating iconic counterpoint and containing very few inter-titles, a trope of Asquith's work.

Presented on DVD and Blu-ray in a new restoration by the BFI National Archive, this key film of the silent era marked a step change in the quality of British features on a par with Hitchcock's work at Gainsborough, and anyone enamoured with the glamour of film will relish the knowing humour and style of this long-unseen classic.

Special features

  • Newly restored and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Pathe's Screen Beauty Competition (1920, 2 mins)
  • Around the Town: British Film Stars and Studios (1921, 2 mins)
  • The Lovely Hundred (1922, 25 secs)
  • Secrets of a World Industry - The Making of Cinematograph Film (1922, 8 mins)
  • Meet Jackie Coogan (1924, 11 mins)
  • Starlings of the Screen (1925,15 mins)
  • Opening of British Instructional Film Studio (1928, 4 mins)
  • Stills and Special Collections Gallery (2016, 6 mins)
  • Original screenplay (downloadable PDF, DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Bryony Dixon, John Altman, Henry K Miller and Chris O'Rourke, and full film credits

UK | 1928 | black and white | 101 minutes | silent with music | original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | DTS-HD Master Audio, 2.0 PCM stereo
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | 25fps | Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (48kHz/16-bit) | Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (224kbps)

Please Note:

These discs are Region 2 (PAL) format, and will work on all modern Australian & European DVD players. Your DVD player may need to be multi-region enabled in order to view this (most players in Australia are). Please check your player before purchasing