Comedy Legend Peter Sellers 1960’s Favourite THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES Is Coming To BFI Blu-ray/ DVD/ BFI Player On April 20 | The Fan Carpet

Comedy Legend Peter Sellers 1960’s Favourite THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES Is Coming To BFI Blu-ray/ DVD/ BFI Player On April 20


28 March 2020

The Battle of the Sexes

Starring Peter Sellers with Robert Morley, Constance Cummings and Donald Pleasence

Directed by Charles Crichton

Blu-ray/DVD release on 20 April 2020 with simultaneous release on BFI Player, iTunes and Amazon

Comedy genius Peter Sellers gives one of his greatest performances in this famously subtle, sharp-edged satire on sexual politics in the 1950s workplace, directed by Ealing legend Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob, A Fish Called Wanda). On 20 April 2020 the BFI releases The Battle of the Sexes on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition with simultaneous release on BFI Player, iTunes and Amazon. A variety of special features include a series of Egg Marketing Board adverts starring Tony Hancock and Constance Cummings, A Ghost of a Chance – a Children’s Film Foundation comedy feature with an all-star cast and films about Scotland from the BFI National Archive.

 

 

The sleepy staff of Macpherson’s traditional Scottish tweed firm get a rude awakening when young Macpherson (Robert Morley, Theatre of Blood) hires a feisty American efficiency expert Angela Barrows (Constance Cummings, Blithe Spirit). She advocates new-fangled horrors like automation and – ghastliest of all – ‘synthetic fibre’.  Can nothing stop her? Noting, perhaps, but meek accountant Mr Martin (Peter Sellers). Beneath that placid surface, still waters run deep; to balance the books, he decides, he must erase the ‘error’…

 

(Due to the technical challenges we are facing with working from home, this clip is low-res and not representative of the fantastic final quality of the Blu-ray disc)

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Hancock’s Hard Boiled Eggs: Sellers’ contemporary, the Lad from East Cheam himself, Tony Hancock, appears with The Battle of the Sexes’ Patricia Hayes in this cracking collection of 11 egg-cellent Egg Marketing Board adverts from 1966
  • A Ghost of a Chance (1968, 50 mins): bonus feature-length fun for all the family as Sellers’ chum Graham Stark stars with Ronnie Barker, Patricia Hayes, Jimmy Edwards, Bernard Cribbins and Terry Scott in a corking Children’s Film Foundation comedy 
  • Images of Edinburgh in Archive Film: an atmospheric selection of rarely-seen short films capturing Scotland’s capital in the first half of the twentieth century, from the vaults of the BFI National Archive 
  • Woolly Wonders: evocative 1940s archive films of traditional Scottish clothmaking, shot in colour by the great Jack Cardiff  
  • Image gallery
  • Illustrated booklet ***first pressing only*** with an essay by the BFI’s Vic Pratt; biographies of Charles Crichton, Constance Cummings, Robert Morley and James Thurber by Kieron McCormack; notes on the special features and full film credits

Product details

RRP: £19.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1377 / Cert U

UK / 1960 / black and white / 84 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.66:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (320 kbps)

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About the BFI

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  • Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of World Cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
  • Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world
  • Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers
  • Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

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