Children's Film Foundation

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antnield
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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#51 Post by antnield » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:46 pm

Outer Space due for release on September 22nd, containing The Glitterball, Supersonic Saucer and Kadoyng.
Three intergalactic adventures from the archives of the Children's Film Foundation land on DVD for the very first time.

In the award-winning The Glitterball (1977) two teenage boys try to help a tiny spherical alien get back to its mothership, while the army and a devious petty crook pursue the creature for its wonderful powers.

In Kadoyng (1972) it looks as if nothing can stop the village of Byway being demolished to make way for the new motorway - until a mysterious visitor accidentally arrives from Outer Space.

In Supersonic Saucer (1956) a baby supersonic saucer inadvertently arrives from Venus. Adopted by a group of children, it causes many misunderstandings but prevents a robbery from their school.

Features:

- The Glitterball (1977) 56 mins Colour
- Kadoyng (1972) 60 mins. Colour
- Supersonic Saucer (1956). 50 mins. Colour
- Fully Illustrated Booklet

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#52 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:56 am

The Glitterball gets a fun write up in the book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems:
Julian Upton wrote:The Glitterball is perhaps what E.T. would have looked like if it was wholly funded with the takings from a modest car boot sale. But The Glitterball was actually five years ahead of Spielberg's sci-fi blockbuster and is no less charming despite its vastly humbler origins...

...This being the world of CFF, the boys are well meaning, polite and unassuming - they make E.T.'s California brats look like volatile delinquents. And, as usual, the adults are on hand just to mess things up. If they're not trying to impose some debilitating or misunderstanding authority onto the situation, then their objectives are altogether more villainous...

...The key thing here is the good-natured inventiveness of the enterprise. It's wholesome and resourceful, the filmic equivalent of a Blue Peter empty-toilet-roll-and-sticky-back-plastic model. Where the stirring final scenes of E.T. are set in a misty, flashlight-illuminated Californian forest, The Glitterball's climax takes place in the biscuit aisle of a Hertfordshire supermarket. For this alone, it deserves a pat on the back.

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#53 Post by antnield » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:35 am

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#54 Post by MichaelB » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:10 am

Full specs announced:
The Children’s Film Foundation Collection
Outer Space

A blast from the past for nostalgia fans and something different for their kids; the sixth DVD volume from The Children’s Film Foundation Collection contains three of the CFF’s finest science fiction adventures: Supersonic Saucer (1956), Kadoyng (1972) and the oft-requested classic The Glitterball (1977).

Outer Space is released on 22 September 2014 as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, a nationwide celebration of Sci-Fi film and TV.

Supersonic Saucer tells the heart-warming story of Meba, an adorable baby flying saucer from Venus with otherworldly powers who arrives on an exploratory mission to Earth. Adopted by a group of children, he helps the youngsters prevent a robbery at their school.

In the delightful Kadoyng it looks as if nothing can stop the village of Byway being demolished to make way for a new motorway. Until, that is, a jovial visitor with an unusual appendage descends from the planet Stoikal and helps a trio of children foil the construction work. This enjoyable escapade stars stalwart comic actor Bill Owen (Last of the Summer Wine).

The award-winning The Glitterball sees two young boys come to the aid of a tiny spherical alien who is trying to return to its mothership while being pursued by both the Air Force and a devious petty crook. This perennial CFF favourite stars veteran British character actor Ron Pember.

For over 30 years the Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Newly transferred from the best available elements held in the BFI National Archive, these much-loved and fondly remembered films finally return to the screen after many years out of distribution in specially curated DVD releases from the BFI.

Special features
* Brand new High Definition transfers of all the films
* Illustrated booklet with extensive credits and new essays by The Glitterball director Harley Cokeliss, Alex Davidson, Robert Shail and Vic Pratt

Product details
RRP: £19.99 / cat. no. BFIV972 / Cert U
UK / 1956 + 1972 + 1977 / black and white, and colour / 48 mins + 58 mins + 54 mins / DVD9 / Dolby Digital mono 2.0 audio (224 kbps) / Original aspect ratios 1.33:1 + 1.66:1 (16x9 anamorphic) + 1.85:1 (16x9 anamorphic)

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#55 Post by antnield » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:59 pm

Mondo Digital on Outer Space.

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#56 Post by swo17 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:58 am

Nov 23
CHILDREN'S FILM FOUNDATION: MASTERS OF VENUS (DVD)
A Film By Ernest Morris

For over 30 years, the Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent.

Released for the first time on DVD is Masters of Venus, an out of this world science fiction serial by Ernest Morris (The Vise, Richard the Lionheart).

Starring Norman Wooland (The Guns of Navarone, Hamlet) and Mandy Harper (Four Winds Island), Masters of Venus tells the story of a spaceship from Earth which lands on the planet Venus where the crew meet a race of beings that they suspect are descended from the lost city of Atlantis.

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#57 Post by MichaelB » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:20 am

Full specs announced:
Masters of Venus
The Classic Children’s Sci-Fi Adventure Serial


For over 30 years the Children’s Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent and many young cast members that are household names today. Newly transferred from the best available elements held at the BFI National Archive, the next release in the BFI’s on-going DVD series is Masters of Venus, an out-of-this-world eight-part Sci-Fi serial by Ernest Morris (The Vise, Richard the Lionheart). Masters of Venus makes its debut on DVD on 18 July 2016 accompanied by a new essay by BFI curator Vic Pratt.

As the rocket ship Astarte is being prepared for its inaugural trip to Venus, a mysterious pair of saboteurs appear hell-bent on thwarting its mission. Pat (Amanda Coxell, Four Winds Island) and Jim (Robin Stewart, Bless This House), the children of the Astarte’s designer, Dr Ballantyne (Norman Wooland, The Guns of Navarone), stumble upon this plot and accidently find themselves launched into space with the ship’s two-man crew.

Upon landing on Venus the Astarte’s crew encounter a race of beings descended from the survivors of the lost city of Atlantis. But how will they be received by their hosts? And will they ever make back to Earth? Join us on this thrilling journey to find out…

Special features
• Brand new High Definition transfers of the entire serial
• New essay by BFI National Archive curator (Fiction) Vic Pratt

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIV2072 / Cert PG
UK / 1962 / black and white / 122 mins / English Language / DVD9 / original aspect ratio 1.66:1 / PCM 2.0 mono (48kHz/16-bit)

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#58 Post by MichaelB » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:13 am

Confirmed for October 22:
Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box

For over 30 years The Children’s Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Unavailable for years, these fondly–remembered films make a welcome return in newly remastered editions. This DVD box set contains nine newly unearthed gems: Peril for the Guy, Cup Fever, Mr Horatio Knibbles, Anoop and the Elephant, The Zoo Robbery, The Battle of Billy’s Pond, One Hour to Zero, 4D Special Agents and finally Pop Pirates which stars rock legend Roger Daltrey!

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#59 Post by What A Disgrace » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:05 am

I've recently become an uncle. I'm interested in these sets for my own cinephilic purposes, but would any of them potentially grab the interest of a young child today? He's only one year old at this time, but in a few years, he'll be watching cartoons and swiping his smartphone, so I'm keen to provide some form of enjoyable imaginative stimuli.

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#60 Post by AidanKing » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:15 am

I can't help particularly with the Children's Film Foundation films, but my son enjoyed Night Mail when we showed it to him when he was aged about two and a half to three years. As a result, we also got him quite a few of the British Transport Films sets. He watched these frequently until he was about eight or nine. He also liked the Lotte Reiniger Fairy Tale films set.

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#61 Post by jazzo » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:39 pm

These discs started coming out right around the birth of my daughter. She's five now, and my son, seven, and I, coincidentally enough, was about to start showing the CFF discs from the first volume on this coming week. They have a pretty good repertoire of films under their belt already, and are far more patient than I ever was at their age, so I’ll try to post their reactions to each once we go through them.

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Re: Children's Film Foundation

#62 Post by jazzo » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:08 pm

Also, as soon as the weather gets cooler, I'm going to show them The Dog Who Stopped the War and The Peanut Butter Solution, not in any way related to the CFF, but a couple of classic Canadian films from my youth.

My kids love The Red Balloon and Paddle to the Sea, too, (both also fondly remembered from my youth, projected in class on 16 mm), so if someone could release this lost treasure sometime, I would be eternally happy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7xW-vVX74s

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