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Akenfield (DVD and Blu-ray) A film by Peter Hall Based on Ronald Blythe's acclaimed oral-history book Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village, Peter Hall's long un-seen, extraordinary film offers a lyrical yet authentic depiction of British pastoral life. Akenfield tells the story of a farming family who have lived for generations in the bucolic Suffolk village of the film's title. Real-life local farmer Garrow Shand gives a compelling naturalistic central performance, in three roles, as farmhand Tom Rouse, his father and grandfather; a lineage which has experienced hardship, happiness and love, and struggled with the pressures of mechanisation, world war and shifting social mores. A profoundly romantic work of sublime poetic realism, Akenfield boasts compelling performances from its cast of non-professional actors (drawn from the living communities of several Suffolk villages) and a sweeping, rhapsodic orchestral score composed by Michael Tippett (Fantasia Concertante on a theme by Corelli). Special features Brand new 4K digital restoration by the BFI National Archive Akenfield Revisited (Rex Pyke, 2004, 39 mins): Making-of documentary with extensive interviews Akenfield on Location (1973, 19 mins) 16mm footage capturing the film's production On-set interview with Ronald Blythe (1973, 3 mins): interview filmed on the first day of production An Interview with Sir Peter Hall (2004, 12 mins): an interview with the film's director An Interview with Garrow Shand (2004, 11 mins): an interview with the film s star An Interview with Ronald Blythe (2004, 15 mins): an interview with the acclaimed writer An Interview with Rex Pyke (2016, 37 mins): newly-filmed interview with the film's producer Akenfield Cast and Crew Interview at the National Film Theatre (2004, 27 mins): on-stage interview, presented with original mute 16mm location footage Production Stills Gallery (4 mins) Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Sir Peter Hall and Ronald Blythe UK | 1974 | colour | English language, with optional Hard-of-hearing subtitles | 98 minutes | original aspect ratio 2.35:1 BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) | Region free DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192kbps) | Region 0

Running Time: 98 minutes
Region: Region 2

Release Date: 25/07/2016

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