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The Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection – BFI Blu-ray box set, April 20th!

image001On 20 April the BFI will release The Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection, a strictly limited edition Blu-ray box set containing films including Master of the House, Day of Wrath, Ordet and Gertrud, along with some of the director’s lesser-known works.

Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of world cinema’s most enduringly praised filmmakers. His visually arresting, intensely austere style has been a major influence on Lars von Trier and Carlos Reygadas, amongst others. Released by the BFI on 20 April 2015, this strictly limited edition Blu-ray box set presents a number of his most revered films alongside some of his lesser-known fiction and documentary shorts, as well as an extensive selection of extra features.

The eleven films included in this set are:

Master of the House (1925) / Good Mothers (1942) / Day of Wrath (1943) / The Fight Against Cancer (1947) / The Village Church (1947) / They Caught the Ferry (1948) / Thorsvaldsen (1949) / Storstrøm Bridge (1950) / A Castle Within a Castle (1955) / Ordet (1955) / Gertrud (1964)

Special features

  • Newly remastered High Definition presentations of all Dreyer films
  • Alternative English and Danish intertitled versions of Master of the House
  • Master of the House Restoration Demonstration (2010, 4 mins): split-screen comparison
  • Alternative presentation of Day of Wrath with English opening and closing sequences
  • Day of Wrath audio commentary with Dreyer expert Casper Tybjerg
  • The Cross (Tag Gallagher, 2009, 20 mins): video essay on Day of Wrath
  • Ordet Og Lyset (Helga Theilgaard, 2001, 35 mins): interview with cinematographer Henning Bendtsen
  • Carl Th. Dreyer und Gertrud (Christiane Habich, Reinhard Wulf, 1994, 29 mins): documentary featurette
  • Carl Th. Dreyer Interviewed by Julian Jebb (1965, 8 mins): rare BBC archive film of Dreyer
  • Carl Th. Dreyer – My Métier (Torben Skjødt Jensen, 1995, 93 mins): acclaimed feature-length documentary
  • My Métier interview outtakes (1995, 80 mins): in-depth interviews with Dreyer collaborators
  • Jørgen Roos archive (1949-65, 8 mins): a selection of Dreyer-related archival film material
  • DR Danish television archive (1965-68, 13 mins): rare Dreyer footage and interviews with collaborators
  • An Introduction to the Films of Carl Th. Dreyer by Henning Camre (2003, 10 mins, audio only)
  • An Interview with Ove Brusendorff of the Danish Film Museum (date unknown, 16 mins, audio only)
  • Booklet essays by Casper Tybjerg, Philip Kemp, Ilona Halberstadt, Philip Horne, Tom Milne and Nick Wrigley

BFI DVDs are available from all good home entertainment retailers or by mail order from the BFI Shop Tel: 020 7815 1350 or online at https://www.bfi.org.uk/shop

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