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03 September 2014

BFI presents BBC's THE BOY FROM SPACE (review)

In this memorable "Look and Read" series aimed at increasing children's reading comprehension and encouraging them to pick up books, two siblings track what they believe to be a meteor only to discover an alien boy who is being pursued by a sinister "thin man" who may also be an alien.  The original 1971 serial was shot on color film but broadcast in black and white with video segments featuring host Wordy providing grammar lessons and reviewing the details of the story.  This footage was wiped by the BBC but the film materials remained, so new color video segments with Wordy and his companion Cosmo were created in 1980 around the original serial.  This is the version presented on BFI's 2-disc set.

REVIEW LINK: British Film Institute (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE BOY FROM SPACE DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • All ten episodes of the 1980 "Look and Read" serial
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Disc Two:
    • Feature version of the 1971 film serial
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • BBC Records LP Audio Version
    • Newly-edited film version utilizing audio from the LP and video from the serial
    • "Wordy's Think-Ups" Musical Segments from the "Look and Read" Serial
    • DVD-ROM: the 1971 and 1979 booklets of the story (45 pages each in PDF)
  • Essay Booklet

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