Black Panther (BFI All Region Blu-Ray / DVD PAL Combo Pack)

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This intelligent true-crime drama charts the infamous  killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther,  carried out across England in  the  mid-70s,  culminating  in  the kidnapping and murder of  a  17-year  old  girl.  Newly  mastered from original film elements preserved in the BFI  National Archive, this impressive and powerful film is at  long last being made available for new audiences in a Dual  Format Edition by BFI Flipside.

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Black Panther (BFI All Region Blu-Ray / DVD PAL Combo Pack)


BFI Flipside presents  The Black Panther


A film by Ian Merrick 


Starring Donald Sumpter, Debbie Farrington & Marjorie Yates 


This intelligent true-crime drama charts the infamous  killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther,  carried out across England in  the  mid-70s,  culminating  in  the kidnapping and murder of  a  17-year  old  girl.  Newly  mastered from original film elements preserved in the BFI  National Archive, this impressive and powerful film is at  long last being made available for new audiences in a Dual  Format Edition by BFI Flipside.


Told with uncommon accuracy and refraining from any measure of sensationalism,  director Ian Merrick and screenwriter Michael Armstrong’s fascinating and disturbing film  fell foul of a media-driven campaign upon its original cinema release in 1977, which  resulted in an effective ban. 


Established lead actor  Donald Sumpter, who fearlessly played Donald Neilson, was  recently seen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  (2011). Marjorie Yates who  played Neilson’s  wife is perhaps best-known for her role as Carol Fisher in the Channel 4 TV drama  Shameless. Debbie Farrington (who plays the kidnap victim) went on to appear in a variety  of TV dramas. 


Caught by chance after a random encounter with the police, Neilson was convicted in 1976.  With five life sentences he was destined to spend the rest of his life in prison and died  there in December 2011. 


This Dual Format Edition (DVD and Blu-ray  discs together) also includes Bob Bentley’s  BAFTA Award-winning 1981 short film, Recluse, which is based on reports of another real  life crime, the death by shotgun of three siblings at a remote farm in Dorset.  Both Ian Merrick and Michael Armstrong  have written new contributions for the  comprehensive booklet that accompanies the discs. Director Bob Bentley has also  contributed a new essay about the making of Recluse. 


Dual Format DVD / Blu-Ray Combo All Region


Special features 
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition 
Director approved transfer  
Alternative French language soundtrack, with English subtitles 
Recluse (Bob Bentley, 1981, 30 mins): arresting short film based on real events, 
starring Maurice Denham and edited by David Gladwell (editor of If…. and O Lucky  Man!) 
Recluse: recce footage (1978, 10 mins): recently discovered 16mm location scouting 
footage shot by director Bob Bentley 
Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays and contributions from Ian 
Merrick, Michael Armstrong, Bob Bentley and James Oliver; original promotional 
artwork and full credits 


UK / 1977 / colour / 98 mins / original aspect ratio 1.85:1
Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

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Weight 8 oz