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Coming to DVD and Blu-ray: The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

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Something a little different for the last of the Flipside releases (in association with the BFI), Richard Lester's The Bed Sitting Room from 1969.

It's actually not just a little different - it's a lot different. In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a ‘nuclear misunderstanding’ (which lasted two minutes and twenty eight seconds, including the signing of the peace treaty) is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed sitting room. Told you it was odd.

It's a dark, satirical look at post apocalyptic England, based on a play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus and featuring a 60s cast to die for - Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Dandy Nichols and Marty Feldman all feature. According to Sam Dunn, Head of BFI Video Publishing: 'Lots of people talk about “lost classics”, but The Bed Sitting Room is a film that truly deserves that description. It beggars belief that such a startling piece of British cinema could have remained hidden away for so long.'

Special features aplenty once more, including archival interviews with Richard Lester, Spike Milligan and Peter Cook, the original trailer and an illustrated booklet with essay by Michael Brooke (BFI Sight and Sound contributor) and original review and promotional material. Again, it's out on 25th May 2009.

BFI website

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