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West Highland DVD: Four fascinating film from the 'Films of Scotland Collection'. By 1960, the reign of steam on Britain's most scenic railway, the West Highland, was drawing to its close. John Gray, a BBC producer and sound engineer with the GPO Film Unit in the 1930s, made "West Highland" as his tribute to this wonderful line. Perhaps the last of the lyrical documentaries, it has been digitally re-mastered in crisp black and white.
A Line For All Seasons (1980, colour). "Eddie McConnell in top form telling the story of the West Highland Line ... relishing the rich opportunities it provides for spectacular photography ... excels himself in a stunning succession of year-round landscapes ... the film is a retrospective account of the building of the line." (The Scotsman).
West of Inverness (1939, b/w) is an eloquent short film about the problems faced by a rural community and the increasing role for the railway. It highlights the growing dependence on the outside world for provisions and goods. Newly remastered from a print courtesy Patrick Moules.
The Line to Skye (1973, colour) is another gem from the camera of Eddie McConnell. This film was widely shown, including in the House of Commons, in support of retaining the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line. Newly remastered in High Definition. From the Films of Scotland Collection.
Director: John Gray, Stephen Durell, Eddie McConnell
Cinematographer: David Hanley, Charles Heath, Eddie McConnell
Music: Kenna Campbell
Narrator: Bill Jack, Jamieson Clark, Duncan McIntyre, Cecil J Allen, McDonald Hobley, John Shedden
Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing
Region Code: All Regions : PAL
Format: DVD B/W & Colour 1.33:1
No of Discs: 1
Release Date: June 11th 2012
Running Time: 85 mins
|Title:||"never less than excellent."|
|Source:||The Digital Fix|
|Review:||To say it’s a scenic journey is an understatement; it has been voted the greatest in the world....West Highland compiles its four films onto a single disc totalling 85 minutes. The finest presentations come from the two McConnell films. The Line to Skye has been newly remastered in HD and looks terrific. There is some tramlining and the occasional speck of dirt, but the clarity is superb and colours truly breathtaking. A Line for All Seasons cannot quite compete but its presentation too is never less than excellent. Their soundtracks are also in fine condition and, as with all of this compilations inclusions, optional English subtitles for the hard of hearing are also available. As a final addition, John Gray’s reminiscences of making West Highland have been reprinted on the inner sleeve... The Digital Fix|
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