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The Kay Mander Film Book
Kay Mander kept training and social issues to the fore in the 1940s with her innovative documentaries. This collection includes Dr. Adele Carroll's 2001 film "One Continuous Take" featuring Kay Mander, then living in Kirkcudbrightshire, recalling her life and work. Most of Kay's 1940s films are included in this 2-disc retrospective ....
The Brave Don't Cry
"The Brave Don't Cry" re-enacts a disaster at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery, Ayrshire, in 1950, and dramatises the tense events of the rescue of miners trapped underground after a pit shaft was flooded and nine men were lost. The dangerous recovery of all the survivors was made through abandoned workings full of gas ....
The Vital Spark
The four episodes of "The Vital Spark" on this DVD are the last surviving of the first three BBC series of the "Tales of Para Handy". None of the first series starring Duncan Macrae from 1959 or those starring Roddy McMillan in the 1960s remain in the archives ....

Classic and rare films restored for you to own on DVD and Blu-ray

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Inferno - 3D Blu-ray Edition
3D Film Noir from the Golden Age of Hollywood 3D Filmmaking.
Region FREE edition coming soon.
Tough business tycoon Donald Whitley Carson III (Robert Ryan) is tested when left to die in the Mojave Desert following a riding accident, which broke his leg. When he realises that his wife Geraldine (Rhonda Fleming) and lover Joseph (William Lundigan) have left him to perish, he determines to survive to wreak his revenge.

Special Features: Rhonda Fleming on the Wonders of the 3rd Dimension; Theatrical trailer; Pat Boone interviews Rhonda Fleming in 2009; 16 page booklet. 2D and 3D on a single disc.
Battle for Music - Blu-ray Edition
The year is 1939. Following the liquidation of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the players form a new company and arrange bookings themselves.
Struggling with costs after their first series of concerts, the orchestra meet the writer J. B. Priestley who arranges a "Musical Manifesto" fund-raiser at the Queen's Hall. Then their real break comes when band leader Jack Hylton books the orchestra for a season of music hall concerts. Featuring: Dr Malcolm Sargent, Sir Adrian Boult, Warwick Braithwaite, and Jack Hylton.

Special Features: Musical Poster No 1 (1940, colour) "Be careful - the enemy is listening!; Adeste Fideles (1941, b/w) Christians celebrate their faith during the Blitz; C.E.M.A. (1942, b/w). R. A. Butler, M.P. explains the activities of the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts.
The Gorbals Story - Blu-ray Edition
Johnnie, now a successful artist, recalls his life in the tenements of the Glasgow slums.
In flashback his recalls the events and characters he shared life with in a slum tenement building. The screenplay was adapted from the highly successful 1946 play staged by Glasgow’s Unity Theatre, The film shows the essence of the Scottish character and is set in one of the poorest parts of Scotland.

Special Features: Good Health to Scotland (1943). A survey of public health services covering isolated glens, lonely islands and industrial cities and towns in Scotland. Directed by Stanley L Russell, one of the pioneers of factual filmmaking in Scotland, who specialised in industrial documentaries.
Britain’s Railways
West Highland
West Highland (1960, b/w). By 1960, the reign of steam on Britain's most scenic railway, the West Highland, was drawing to its close.
John Gray, a BBC producer and sound engineer with the GPO Film Unit in the 1930s, made West Highland as his tribute to this wonderful line. Perhaps the last of the lyrical documentaries, it has been digitally re-mastered in crisp black and white.
A Line For All Seasons (1980, colour). "Eddie McConnell in top form telling the story of the West Highland Line ... relishing the rich opportunities it provides for spectacular photography ... excels himself in a stunning succession of year-round landscapes ... the film is a retrospective account of the building of the line." (The Scotsman).
West of Inverness (1939, b/w) is an eloquent short film about the problems faced by a rural community and the increasing role for the railway. It highlights the growing dependence on the outside world for provisions and goods. Newly remastered from a print courtesy Patrick Moules.
The Line to Skye (1973, colour) is another gem from the camera of Eddie McConnell. This film was widely shown, including in the House of Commons, in support of retaining the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line. Newly remastered in High Definition. From the Films of Scotland Collection.
Night Mail - The GPO Story
The GPO Story (1986, colour). BBC Arena's tribute to the Unit featuring many of the original filmmakers, including Harry Watt, Basil Wright, Stuart Legg, Edgar Anstey, Chick Fowle, Pat Jackson, R.Q. McNaughton, Ralph Bond and Ken Cameron.
The lasting appeal of Night Mail (1936, b/w), celebrating the Postal Special's run from London to Scotland, is that it has all the attributes of the classic British documentary style established by John Grierson. Its realism and lyrical structure perfectly complemented by the verse of W.H. Auden and the music of Benjamin Britten.
The Midnight Hours (1987, colour). Each phase of the extraordinary operation of collecting and sorting the nation's mail for distribution by road, rail and air is shown in this television documentary. The film's structure updates the classic Night Mail made over half a century earlier.
Post Haste (1988, colour). A film celebrating 150 years history of the Travelling Post Office which revolutionised the sorting and delivery of mail.
Mail Rail (1987, colour). A programme made to celebrate 60 years of the unique Royal Mail Underground Railway situated some 22 metres below London's busy streets. At its peak, the railway carried over one third of London's mail.
North British / Today and Every Day
A rare and believed lost film Today and Every Day made in 1947, covers the history of Britain's railways, and a contemporary account of all aspects of operations on the railway system.
It features some of the crack expresses of the day, including the Golden Arrow and a footplate ride on the Cheltenham Flyer. Then a visit to Swindon A shed to see a GWR King class locomotive under construction.
Also included is North British (1949) a look inside the famous Springburn locomotive manufacturing factory, which includes the construction of the 2000th locomotive built for South African Railways, Bartholomew Diaz. Plus Locomotives For the Second Front (1943) a short newsreel item about building War Department Austerity engines at Springburn.
A Romance of Engineering
A collection of promotional films made by Stanley L Russell for Scottish engineering companies.
The programme comprises:
Men of Iron (c. 1947, b/w) - An overview of iron propellor manufacture at the Blair Foundry of Andrew Strang & Co, Hurlford in Ayrshire.
A Romance of Engineering (1938, b/w) - Made for screening at the 1938 Empire Exhibition, this film shows the production of steel components at William Beardmore & Co's Parkhead Forge.
James Watt (1959, b/w) - A film about the life and work of the inventor of steam engines, James Watt.
Story of a Steel Wire Rope (1946, b/w) - An illustration of the manufacture of Martin Black & Company's wire ropes, highlighting all the various processes involved in production and testing.
Young in Heart
A collection of industrial films celebrating the achievements of Scottish engineering companies.
Rivers At Work (1958) The story of the electrification of the Highlands by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. Commentary by John Grierson. Running time: 20 mins, colour. Produced by Green Park Productions for Films of Scotland and North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board.
Central Scotland (1962) A regional geography film covering the area bounded by lines from Stonehaven to Helensburgh and Girvan to Dunbar. It looks at various industries in this central belt - steel, engineering, shipbuilding, thread and textiles, coal, electricity, oil, plastics, and farming. Running time: 20 mins, colour. Produced by Park Film Studios for Educational Films of Scotland.
Young in Heart (1963) The development and production of the Hillman Imp car at the Linwood industrial plant, starring Bill (Dr Finlay) Simpson. Running time: 24 mins, colour. Produced by Glasgow Films for Films of Scotland and the Rootes Group.
The Invergordon Smelter (1972) The conception and construction of the aluminium smelter at Invergordon. Running time: 20 mins, colour. Produced by Ogam Films for Films of Scotland and the British Aluminium Co. Ltd.
The Clyde Estuary (1975) An educational film tracing the history of shipping and the shipbuilding industries on the Clyde estuary. Running time: 16 mins, colour. Produced by SEFA (Glasgow Group).
Faces of Scotland DVD
Seven films from the Films of Scotland Collection.
All meticulously restored and produced from digitally transferred high definition masters for superb picture and sound quality. Two hours and 15 minutes of classic cinema.
The programme comprises:
The Face of Scotland (1938, b/w). The character of Scotland and its people, made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition.
Pleasure Island (1960, colour). Holidays on the Firth of Clyde, Rothesay and the Isle of Bute.
Seawards the Great Ships (1960, colour). An elegy to shipbuilding on the Clyde. Scotland's first Oscar winner.
A Kind of Seeing (1967, colour). The colours and shapes of the Scottish landscape.
Still Life with Honesty (1970, colour). Sir William Gillies speaks of his life as a painter.
The Silver City (1957, colour). The delights of Aberdeen as a holiday destination.
The Big Mill (1963, colour). Sheet steel production at Ravenscraig and Gartcosh.
Film and Television
The Vital Spark
The four episodes of The Vital Spark on this DVD are the last surviving of the first three BBC series of the Tales of Para Handy.
None of the first series starring Duncan Macrae from 1959 or those starring Roddy McMillan in the 1960s remain in the archives.
However, these four hilarious stories from 1973 and 1974, filmed in colour around Glasgow and the Clyde, display the best of Scottish writing, humour and comedy acting.
As well as the four regulars, we have guest stars Fulton Mackay in The Wedding, Phil McCall in A Drop o' the Real Stuff, Russell Hunter in The Quarrel and Joseph Brady in Bad Luck Cargo.
Pour yourself A Drop o' the Real Stuff, sit back and embark on a voyage with The Vital Spark!
Laxdale Hall
Laxdale Hall, a rarely seen British comedy receiving its first release to home entertainment, is a 1952 film directed by John Eldridge and starring Ronald Squire, Kathleen Ryan, Raymond Huntley, Prunella Scales, Fulton Mackay, Roddy McMillan, Jameson Clark and Jean Colin, with Rikki Fulton as a poacher in his first film role.
The few residents of Laxdale who own cars are refusing to pay their road fund licence because of the poor state of the only road which links them to the rest of Scotland. A parliamentary delegation including Samuel Pettigrew, M.P. (Raymond Huntley) and Andrew Flett (Fulton Mackay) is dispatched to the Scottish Highlands to quell the rebellion! Along the way they encounter resistance from school teacher Morag McLeod (Prunella Scales, in her first film) and her roguish dad, Roderick McLeod (Jameson Clark). With a brief appearance by Rikki Fulton in his film debut as a salmon poacher there's plenty of action and laughter.
Filmed amongst the beautiful scenery of Applecross, Laxdale Hall is not to be missed.
Also features The Glen Is Ours (1946), a timeless parable of politicians at odds with the will of their electorate. Recently de-mobbed Hector Andrews takes to the hustings to stop Cadisburn Glen being sold and converted from a beauty spot into an amusement park. With Ealing stalwarts Edie Martin and Anthony Baird, and Sheila Latimer, recently seen in BBC Scotland’s Still Game.
Complete with a 12-page illustrated booklet with viewing notes by film journalist and author Brian Pendreigh.
Roamin' in the Gloamin'
Vintage Scottish Music Hall, Comedy and Traditional Song.
Sir Harry Lauder in a Series of his World Famous Songs (1931, b/w).
Sir Harry Lauder on stage singing several of his most popular songs, including "Keep Right on to the end of the Road", with comic routines.
The Glasgow Orpheus Choir (1951, b/w).
Sir Hugh Roberton conducts the Glasgow Orpheus Choir in their first screen concert as they sing various Scottish songs. Filmed in London eight days before the Choir's final broadcast and disbandment on 25th June, 1951.
Butterfingers (c 1950s, b/w).
Rikki Fulton with the help of Kenneth McKellar in a silent comedy about the misdemeanors of a couple of Glaswegian ne'er-do-wells.
You Take the High Road (1950s, b/w).
The fishing and farming villages of the East coast and the scenery of the West coast are used as a backdrop for traditional Scottish airs and tunes.
Emma's Dilemma (c 1950s, b/w).
A romantic comedy made by Rikki Fulton in the style of 1920s silent films with inter-titles. Rikki plays all the parts, including Emma, who is in the family way, her baby, father and boyfriend, and Sir Grasper the lecherous landlord to whom the family is in debt. Will he find recompense?
The Fiddlers of James Bay (1980, colour).
From the National Film Board of Canada, this film explores the Scottish ancestry of Cree people living near James Bay in Canada. The film follows two Cree fiddlers, Ray Spencer and Bob McCloud, on their journey from Canada to perform in a series of fiddle concerts with the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society in Stromness.
Encore: Sir Harry Lauder - Keep Right on to the End of the Road (1931, b/w)
Gems from the Archives
One Continuous Take
The Kay Mander Film Book
Kay Mander kept training and social issues to the fore in the 1940s with her innovative documentaries. This collection includes Dr. Adele Carroll's 2001 film One Continuous Take featuring Kay Mander, now living in Kirkcudbrightshire, recalling her life and work, with clips from many of her films. Most of Kay's films are also included complete in this 2-disc retrospective.
Disc 1: Kay Mander at War
One Continuous Take (2001) A biography of Kay Mander, her life and work. Produced and directed by Dr. Adele Carroll.
Transfer of Skill (1940) Craftsman can be retrained for wartime work. For example, jewellers produce gauges used to measure tank parts.
How to File (1941) A training film by Shell for metalwork apprentices.
Mobilising Procedure (1942) Procedures for the National Fire Service to direct the deployment of all Britain's fire-fighting equipment.
Model Procedure for Water-Relaying (1943) Demonstration of setting up relays of fire hoses to feed emergency water supplies.
Debris Tunnelling (1943) How a rescue party could drive a horizontal tunnel into a collapsed building.
Disc 2: Kay Mander on Social Issues
Highland Doctor (1943) About the life of a doctor in the Outer Hebrides and the facilities of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service. Includes an account of the sitting of the Dewar Committee of 1912.
New Builders (1944) New secondary schools are being set up to train youngsters in building work for post-war reconstruction.
Penicillin (1944) The search for a cure for gas gangrene, which killed so many in the First World War, resulting in the discovery of Penicillin.
Homes for the People (1945) Made by the Daily Herald to expose poor housing conditions throughout Britain.
A Plan to Work on (1948) The growth of Dunfermline is explored, and the architect describes schemes for changes in the future.
Complete with a 28-page illustrated booklet with viewing notes by film historians Sarah Easen and Dr Toby Haggith.
Scotland's X-Files
From the archive of the Imperial War Museums, rare and unseen World War II propaganda films made to inform the public of Scotland's rôle in the war effort.
Scotland Speaks (1940). The rôle of all Scots in supporting the war effort, assuring soldiers that there will be always be a free Scotland to come home to. Special Despatch (1941). A fictional "day in the life" of a Royal Corps of Signals Despatch rider, introduced by one of the riders. Fighting Fields (1941). Food production in wartime Scotland - the effort to expand agriculture now that the ships and harbours are otherwise employed. A Good Landfall (1941). The Salvation Army help a sailor returning by train from Edinburgh to his ship obtain news of his hospitalised young daughter. Give Us More Ships (1942). Wartime appeal by actor Leslie Banks urging for "more ships ... to win this war", featuring footage of ships under construction, tanks and aircraft being unloaded from a cargo ship, ships under fire, and Nelson's flagship HMS Victory at sea. Strangers (1942). Polish Soldiers are posted to a camp in Scotland after the fall of France. Transatlantic Airport (1944). How Prestwick Airport became a meeting point of world air routes during World War II. Clyde-Built (1944). Shipbuilding on the Clyde showing the processes involved and emphasising the importance of speed efficiency and reliability in ship construction.
A Different World & Messenger from Poland
On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Panamint Cinema is proud to announce the DVD release of A Different World & Messenger from Poland.
An appraisal by Michael Berenbaum, Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University, author of "The World Must Know" and "After Tragedy and Triumph":
A Different World (1986) Offers a nuanced and subtle look into interwar Poland and the relationship between Jews and Poles during this turbulent yet promising time, a time of hope and transformation, a time that in retrospect – but perhaps only in retrospect – set the stage for the destruction that was to follow. I know of no other film that is as balanced, as comprehensive, as moving and as poignant. It is morally compelling that it be brought forth to 21st century audiences.
Messenger from Poland (1986) Jan Karski witnessed the Holocaust first hand. He sought to alert the West to the slaughter while it was happening and while they could make a difference. "Messenger from Poland" tells his story in his own words; his words are urgent testimony, urgent still after the passage of 70 years. We, who were not eyewitnesses to the events, must become witnesses to the witnesses; their story must become our own; their mission must continue to stir our conscience. See this film and be prepared to be haunted and transformed, to ask “what if” and to wonder “why not”? "It makes one proud to be human and yet so very deeply ashamed."
A Different World Narrator: Susannah York, Writer & Producer: Raye Farr, Reseach Consultant: Stuart Schear, Editor: Howard Sharp, Executive Producer: Martin Smith. Running time 51 minutes.
Messenger from Poland Narrator: Jim Norton, Research: Raye Farr, Editor: Shelagh Brady, Producer: Martin Smith. Running time 41 minutes. "A Different World" & "Messenger from Poland", Produced by DNA 'Poland' Ltd., in association with WNET New York & Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg for Channel 4 UK. © DNA 'Poland Ltd'. MCMLXXXVI.
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