Region 2 encoding.
(This DVD will not play on most DVD players sold in the US or Canada [Region 1]. This item requires a region specific or multi-region DVD player and compatible TV.More about DVD formats)
Arnold Miller capitalized on the trend in mondo filmaking with his 1965 documentary London In The Raw. With taglines screaming "The World's Greatest City Laid Bare" he helped to usher in an English version of the popular Italian genre.
Looking at the film some 48 years later what we get is a tame, very British look at London nightlife in the mid-1960's. There are a few segmenys meant to shock and some nudity (a gym scene, a hair transplant for shock value) but most of the film's short run time is devoted to a sort of London club tour. The places we visit give us a brief view into what life was like back then The film is a pleasant historical document and the BFI should be thanked for bringing such a rare film to the general public.
As part of its Flipside Collection the BFI has presented a great package for those looking for some of England's more offbeat films. The set is one of its dual packages offering the film in both a Blu Ray and standard definition DVD. The print is almost perfect and quite possibly better than most would have seen it on release. The color is vibrant and the sound is clear. The true value of this release also lies in the assembled bonus features. There are three "London Sketches" all by filmmakers Peter Davis and Staffan Lamm: Pub(1962), Chelsea Bridge Boys(1966) and Strip(1966) which provide a grittier feeling look at the principal material. There is a shorter alternate cut of the film presumably created for international distribution with different and somewhat more explicit footage and a great booklet featuring an essay and biographies of the filmakers.
This is once again a great package and a great historical document that is well worth the price of admission even if the world's greatest city is not exactly laid bare.
Was this review helpful to you?