Radio On

Radio On

David Beames
Director: Christopher Petit Cast: David Beames
David Beames
, Lisa Kreuzer
Lisa Kreuzer
, Sandy Ratcliff
Sandy Ratcliff
Christopher Petit

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White)

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Overview

Christopher Petit's low-key meditation on British malaise at the dawn of the Thatcher era Radio On has been given an American DVD release after many years out of print in this edition from Plexifilm. Radio On has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The source materials show some minor wear (occasional scratches and speckles), but the stark black and white images still look striking in this presentation. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and the quality is good, though the balance -- the music is quite loud, while the dialogue is much quieter -- may take some getting used to for most viewers. The dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. As a bonus, director Petit includes a short visual "remix" in which he revisits the locations of Radio On twenty years on and uses digital technology to merge and layer the images. Critic Sukhdev Sandhu also contributes an essay on the film to the enclosed booklet. While this release of Radio On is short on extras, it does capture the look and feel of the film with commendable accuracy, and those with an interest in British art cinema will find it worthy of investigation.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
UPC: 0082354002923
Original Release: 1979
Rating: NR
Source: Plexifilm
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:42:00

Special Features

-Radio on Remix... Christopher Petit Revisits locations from the film 20 years later, with sound design by Bruce Gilbert of Wire; -Booket featuring stills and liner notes by film critic Sukhdev Sandhu

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Beames Robert
Lisa Kreuzer Ingrid
Sandy Ratcliff Kathy
Andrew Byatt Deserter
Sue Jones-Davies Girl
Sting Just Like Eddie
Sabina Michael Aunt
Katja Kersten German Woman
Paul Hollywood Kid

Technical Credits
Christopher Petit Director,Screenwriter
Heidi Adolph Screenwriter
Susannah Buxton Art Director
Paul Carr Sound Mixer
Stuart De Jong Editor
Keith Griffiths Producer
Renée Gundelach Executive Producer
Martin Mueller Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Sainsbury Executive Producer
Martin Schäfer Cinematographer
Anthony Sloman Editor
Stefan Smal Editor
Wim Wenders Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Radio On
1. Heroes/Helden [8:35]
2. Uranium [3:29]
3. Sweet Gene Vincent [4:52]
4. Satisfaction (Intro) [6:50]
5. Always Crashing in the Same Car [3:43]
6. Radioactivity [2:35]
7. Whole Wide World [17:05]
8. Three Steps to Heaven [11:21]
9. Urban Landscape [12:07]
10. Urban Landscape (Reprise) [15:42]
11. Frozen Years [4:38]
12. Lucky Number [2:14]
13. Satisfaction [5:33]
14. Ohm Sweet Home [5:27]

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