Post by Andy Howells on Jul 19, 2021 4:35:28 GMT 12
I must have watched the 1971 film many times over the years, but it only recently occured to me of the prominent use of the Nazi Germany footage used (I hasten to add with great effect) in the opening moments of the 1971 movie. Evidently to set the time of the films original setting, in the weeks leading up to the formation of the LDV.
However, what occured to me was that Jimmy and David had originally been rebuked by the BBC for using a similar idea for the series opening credits in 1968. Maybe this was the seeds for this sequence in the 1971 film?
I have to say, the film uses these sequences to great effect, particularly when viewed through the magic binoculars of the Nazi Captain and projecting the all to real threat of an invasion over to the audience.
I know that the BBC vetoed the use of genuine wartime footage in the title sequence because they felt it was inappropriate for a comedy (and I tend to agree), but perhaps for the film there was a concerted effort to place it more in the real world.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 29, 2021 11:01:24 GMT 12
Also the film was going to a worldwide audience through the distributor, not just to a British and Commonwealth television audience, so for people in the US, or other parts of the world who'd never seen the TV series nor had any idea of the situation it's set around, the real footage would have added a good point of reference.
the opening film used of the german or Nazi rallys are from 1 hiters 50th birthday 1939 and triumph of the will 1934 amazon or e bay sell them on dvd it is good use of footage and Dunkirk movietone news reel I expect I hope every one is well the blu is a bit of a let a few more extraswould have been nice the booklet I had all ready read in the daas magazine. is there any out takes from the movie cut scenes .
Post by Andy Howells on Aug 1, 2021 20:03:39 GMT 12
Surprised to hear the booklet has already been in the DAAS magazine, so yes I imagine that would be a let down if youve already seen it.
I've enjoyed the Blu Ray and yes it would be good if there were a few more extras - but I guess short of a commentary (and I think the only ones who could have done that were Frank and Ian - there would be little else. No out-takes as far ad I'm aware although there is a small segment of them filming from a late night film programme which has been featured already on the BBC DVD's.
It does make you wonder if the cast actually did any interviews or radio spots back in 1971 to discuss the film.
I've enjoyed the Blu Ray and yes it would be good if there were a few more extras - but I guess short of a commentary (and I think the only ones who could have done that were Frank and Ian - there would be little else.
No sooner than we have one Blu-ray of the Dad's Army film, there's another on the way in Australia. It's part of a four disc set on the Imprint label (the other discs containing, respectively, the two Steptoe and Son films and the Are You Being Served film).
Bonus content for the Dad's Army disc will be as follows:
NEW Audio Commentary by Tony Pritchard and Paul Carpenter of the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society (2021) NEW Interview with actor Frank Williams by television writer Richard Webber (2021) NEW Interview with editor Willy Kemplen (2021) Interview with series co-creator Jimmy Perry & actor Bill Pertwee on “Open House” (1998) Two 1970s public information films on road safety featuring the cast of Dad’s Army Theatrical Trailer Isolated Music Score and Effects audio track