Scanning the article, this is the list of the home media releases coming up, I'd been wondering if this was going to be defined at any point. I've picked out the titles in bold:
BFI DVD and Blu-ray
Close encounters of the archive kind come to DVD and Blu-ray as part of BFI Sci-Fi. These silver spinning saucers will contain some of the finest, and most wanted, sci-fi titles ever broadcast on terrestrial TV, as well as classics of British cinema.
August sees the first ever release of two celebrated BBC series: The Changes (1973), the unsettling 10-part series, based on Peter Dickinson’s best-selling trilogy; and The Boy from Space, which will contain all 10 of the ‘Look and Read’ episodes from 1980, as well as a newly-edited, feature-length presentation of the filmed drama segments in which a brother and sister discover an alien boy called Peep-Peep. To celebrate the release of this re-mastered Blu-ray there will be a screening of the specially made 70-minute version of the series at BFI Southbank followed by a panel discussion with key figures in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who provided the original soundtrack.
In September, we take a trip to Outer Space, with a volume of cult Sci-Fi classics from The Children’s Film Foundation, featuring the much-requested The Glitterball (1977), as well as Supersonic Saucer (1956) and Kadoyng (1972).
October sees the long-awaited release of BBC series Out of the Unknown (1965 – 1971), one of Britain’s most important TV series, and the very first to directly involve the talents of high-calibre writers (including John Wyndham, Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard and J.B. Priestly). This 7-DVD box set will feature newly restored versions of the 20 surviving episodes from all four series, as well as episode fragments and reconstructions, audio commentaries, filmed interviews and an extensive documentary, and there will be a special screening and panel discussion at BFI Southbank to mark the release.
Also in October is Out of This World, the ground-breaking ABC series from 1962 which paved the way for Out of the Unknown. Containing the only surviving episode (the recently re-discovered ‘Little Lost Robot’, by Isaac Asimov), as well as reconstructions of other episodes, this DVD grants sci-Fi fans the long-overdue opportunity to experience this historically important series for the first time since its original broadcast.
As if the future didn’t look bright enough already, October will also see the DVD and Blu-ray premiere of the BFI Archive’s digitally re-mastered version of one of British cinema’s most intense sci-fi offerings – The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), which will be available on DVD and on BFI Player day-and-date to coincide with its August screening at the British Museum. In November another piece of TV history finally sees the light of day once again, when Nigel Kneale’s 1954 adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four, starring the great Peter Cushing, gets its DVD premiere.
All of these BFI DVD and Blu-ray titles will be produced from the best available master materials, and will include extensive extra features and/or contextualising booklets.
Season 1 Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status Episode 1 15/02/1967 Exist - LinkMissing (less than 2 minutes of video exists) Episode 2 22/02/1967 Incomplete (5:45 of video exists) Episode 3 01/03/1967 Exists Incomplete (11:30 of video exists) Episode 4 08/03/1967 Exists Episode 5 15/03/1967 Exists Episode 6 22/03/1967 Exists
Season 2 Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status Episode 1 26/09/1967 Incomplete (18:30 of video exists) Episode 2 03/10/1967 Exists (BFI reconstruction) Episode 3 10/10/1967 Exists but may be missing the end credits and doesn't have a break in it for some reason. Episode 4 17/10/1967 Exists Incomplete (18:00 of video exists) Episode 5 24/10/1967 Exists (missing end credits) Episode 6 31/10/1967 Exists Exists (BFI reconstruction, 50 secs of video missing) Episode 7 07/11/1967 Exist but missing the final song - LinkIncomplete (8:30 of video)