Rita, Sue and Bob Too among BFI Blu-ray/DVD releases for May 2017

Alan Clarke’s cult northern comedy makes its Blu-ray debut alongside a classic from Max Ophuls and a new kino-essay about Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton’s unlikely screen collaboration. 

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

This May, the BFI is delighted to release the UK Blu-ray premiere of Alan Clarke’s much-loved comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Shot by Clarke in 1986, around the housing estates and countryside of Bradford, with a controversial and hilarious script by Andrea Dunbar, Rita, Sue and Bob Too is the perfect follow-up to our acclaimed Alan Clarke at the BBC box set, released last year. The Dual Format edition features a new 2K BFI transfer, mastered from original film materials, plus an exclusive feature-length documentary, newly produced for this release.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too dual format edition packshot

Described as “the greatest film ever made” by US film critic Andrew Sarris, Max Ophuls’ Madame de… (1953) receives a welcome release on Blu-ray and DVD. This recently restored period classic from the director of La Ronde and Letter from an Unknown Woman is famed for its lightly nuanced performances, the marvellously detailed sets, and the elegant artifice of the plotting. Madame de… is released in the same month that its glamorous and iconic star Danielle Darrieux celebrates her 100th birthday.

Madame de... (1953) packshot

In NOTFILM, Ross Lipman explores the literary, cinematic and personal history surrounding the production of Samuel Beckett’s only screenplay for cinema, the Buster Keaton starrer FILM (1965). Enthusiastically received at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, NOTFILM will be released in a Dual Format edition along with FILM, which has been restored by Lipman and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Notfilm dual format edition packshot

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