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Coming to DVD and Blu-ray: Privilege (1967)


It's been anticipated for years, but now, at long last, Privilege is coming to both DVD and Blu-ray as part of the Flipside series of releases through the BFI on January 25th 2010.

Steve Shorter (Paul Jones) is the biggest pop star of his day and loved by millions - his approval or endorsement can guide the choices and actions of the masses. But, in reality, he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country’s youth under control. Only an act of complete rebellion can set him free.

Jones is joined in the cast by supermodel Jean Shrimpton as the girl who tries to help him defy the system, with the movie available in the UK for the first time since its original cinema release. There's also a number of special features:

Original Privilege trailer.
The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, 1969, 17 mins): a young solider in the trenches of the First World War, preparing for combat, shares his innermost feelings in this compelling short.
The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, 1961, 19 mins): a gripping newsreel-style account of the peoples’ uprising in Hungary, 1956, given forceful authenticity by Watkins’ unique approach.
Extensive illustrated booklet with new essays by film historian Robert Murphy and Watkins specialist John Cook.

Due to an issue with materials, Privilege will only be released on DVD in January, with a Blu-ray edition to follow later in the year.

Find out more about the DVD at the Amazon website


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