Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

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Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#1 Post by antnield » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:42 am

Never before released in the UK, Woodfall Films' 1967 portmanteau feature is a major rediscovery. Composed of three shorts – Ride of the Valkyrie, The White Bus and Red and Blue – from three of Britain’s most celebrated directors - Lindsay Anderson, Peter Brook and Tony Richardson – Red, White and Zero embodies the creativity and audacity at the heart of swinging 60s cinema.

Comic legend Zero Mostel stars as an opera singer (in full costume) navigating the London transport network as he attempts to reach Covent Garden in Ride of the Valkyrie.

Scripted by Shelagh Delaney, The White Bus blends realism, drama and poetry as a despondent young woman travels home to the North of England.

And Vanessa Redgrave stars in Tony Richardson’s romantic reverie and musical featurette Red and Blue.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

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Re: Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#2 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:35 am

Well, I'm in for more Flipside for sure, but I wondered what happened to the November releases.

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Re: Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#3 Post by domino harvey » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:38 am

Guess this means no Woodfall Vol 2

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Re: Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#4 Post by tenia » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:44 am

domino harvey wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:38 am
Guess this means no Woodfall Vol 2
I'm not sure. Outside of this one, there seems to remain a number of Woodfall productions numerous enough to justify making a boxset.

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Re: Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#5 Post by domino harvey » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:25 pm

Extras:
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
-About The White Bus (1968, 59 mins): documentary on the making of Lindsay Anderson's segment
Lindsay Anderson Introduction/Stills Gallery (1968, 5 mins): an audio recording of Anderson addressing the NFT in 1968, played over stills
Behind the scenes of Red and Blue (1966, 7 mins): Kevin Brownlow's 16mm footage of cast and crew
Kevin Brownlow on Red, White and Zero (2018, 15 mins): the Red and Blue and The White Bus editor on making the films
Billy Williams on Red and Blue (2018, 14 mins): the cinematographer recalls working with Tony Richardson on the segment
No Arks (1969, 7 mins): political cartoonist Abu's satirical reworking of the Noah story, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave
Audio commentary by Adrian Martin
Illustrated booklet with new writing by Sarah Wood, Paul Fairclough, So Mayer and Philip Kemp and Katy McGahan, plus full film credits

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Re: Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#6 Post by MichaelB » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:06 am

Full specs announced:
BFI Flipside presents
Red White and Zero
A film in three parts directed by Peter Brook, Lindsay Anderson and Tony Richardson

Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) release on 10 December 2018


Woodfall Films’ portmanteau feature is a major rediscovery, never before released in the UK. Comprised of three compelling tales, it brings together a trio of Britain’s most innovative directors and embodies the creativity and audacity at the heart of Swinging Sixties cinema. Red White and Zero is released in a Dual Format Edition on the BFI Flipside label on 10 December 2018 packaged with extras including the 1968 documentary, -About ‘The White Bus’, a new interview with editor Kevin Brownlow and an audio commentary by Adrian Martin.

See what appears to be an original, previously unseen trailer for Red White and Zero here. Although missing a section at the start, this partial recreation (commissioned by the BFI using our newly remastered digital print) gives a fascinating glimpse of how the distribution company United Artists intended to promote this important Woodfall film to the audiences in 1967. This footage was included in -About ‘The White Bus’.

Comic legend Zero Mostel (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) mixes slapstick and surrealism as a tardy opera star traversing London in The Ride of the Valkyrie, while The White Bus, scripted by Shelagh Delaney (A Taste of Honey), blends realism, poetry and New Wave detachment as a young woman travels home to the north of England. Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) directs Vanessa Redgrave in the final part of the film, Red and Blue, a musical, melancholy romantic reverie.

Red White and Zero is release number 036 in the BFI Flipside strand, which rescues weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presents them in new high quality editions on Blu-ray and DVD, with accompanying extras and an illustrated booklet.

Special features
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
-About ‘The White Bus’ (1968, 59 mins): documentary on the making of Lindsay Anderson’s segment
• Lindsay Anderson Introduction/Stills Gallery (1968, 5 mins): an audio recording of Anderson addressing the NFT in 1968, played over stills
Behind the Scenes of Red and Blue (1966, 7 mins): Kevin Brownlow’s 16mm footage of cast and crew
Kevin Brownlow on Red, White and Zero (2018, 15 mins): the Red and Blue and The White Bus editor on making the films
Billy Williams on Red and Blue (2018, 14 mins): the cinematographer recalls working with Tony Richardson on the third segment
No Arks (1969, 7 mins): political cartoonist Abu’s satirical reworking of the Noah story, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave
• Audio commentary by Adrian Martin
• Illustrated booklet with new writing by Sarah Wood, Paul Fairclough, So Mayer, Philip Kemp and Katy McGahan, plus full film credits

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1319/ Cert 12 / BFI Flipside No. 036
UK / 1967 / black and white, colour / 98 mins / English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.37:1 / BD50: 1080p, 24fps, 1.0 PCM mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio (48kHz/16-bit)

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Re: Flipside 036: Red, White and Zero

#7 Post by kubelkind » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:00 pm

Really looking forward to this one - The White Bus is an all time favourite and I always wanted to see the making-of docu (which I always thought was called "Aboard The White Bus", and which is longer than the actual film!).

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