(aka 'Omnibus: Song of Summer' or "Delius: Song of Summer")

directed by Ken Russell
UK 1968


Perhaps the finest of the biographical films that Ken Russell made for the BBC in the Sixties, this is an immensely moving story of sacrifice, idealism and musical genius. Based on the memoir by the talented young composer Eric Fenby, who spent five years caring for the blind, paralyzed composer, DELIUS explores the gulf between the man and his art. Max Adrian gives a virtuoso performance as a cantankerous monster of egotism whose music is nonetheless tender and rhapsodic.  out of  

Theatrical Release: September 15th, 1968

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DVD Review: BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:11:51
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Director Commentary
• Director Biography (with photos)

• Sleeve Notes by Philip Kemp

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2001

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 9




An older DVD from BFI, but still shows some merit and their attention to detail. I don't know of another company (aside from Criterion) that would put out a hidden artistic gem like this - certainly not with the wonderfully insightful directors commentary included. Although originally shown on television, the image quality of the DVD is above standard with decent tightness and I did not notice any chroma bug on the black and white image. No subtitles are offered, but audio is clear and defined. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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