Peter Watkins’ controversial BBC productions ‘Culloden’ & ‘The War Game’ to be released on Blu-ray for the first time on 28 March from BFI

Culloden | The War Game

Peter Watkins’ controversial BBC productions

These startling and controversial films by Peter Watkins, first broadcast on BBC TV, have been newly remastered to High Definition and will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on 28 March 2016, presented together in a Dual Format Edition (contains Blu-ray and DVD discs). An array of special features includes a new interview by film editor Michael Bradsell, who worked with Peter Watkins at the BBC, audio commentaries for both films and short films about each one.

Hailed as a breakthrough when it was first broadcast in 1964, Culloden – which brilliantly reconstructs the famous battle of 1746 – stunned viewers by approaching its historical subject matter in the style of contemporary TV news coverage.

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Watkins’ The War Game, about a limited nuclear attack on Kent, blended fact and fiction to create a disturbing vision of the personal and public consequences of such an attack. Banned from TV screens for twenty years, it was through its cinema release in 1966 – and its Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1967 – that it gained a loyal and vociferous following.

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Special Features:

  • Newly remastered and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Michael Bradsell Interview (2015, 21 mins): the film editor talks about working with Peter Watkins at the BBC
  • John Cook audio commentary on Culloden (2002)
  • Culloden on Location (Donald Fairservice, 1964, 8 mins): colour footage of the cast and crew during the filming of Culloden, with a 2002 commentary by John Cook
  • Patrick Murphy audio commentary on The War Game (2002)
  • The War Game: The Controversy (2002, 19 mins): Patrick Murphy charts the production history, banning and eventual distribution of The War Game
  • The War Game book: on-screen gallery of the complete 1967 book, published to accompany the film
  • Illustrated booklet with new essays by John Cook, David Archibald and William Fowler, and full film credits

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