directed by Menelik Shabazz
UK 1981

 

  Pat (Cassie McFarlane), an ordinary London girl with a caring family, a job she enjoys and her own flat, seeks nothing more than to settle down to a life of middle-class conformity. Her cozy world is jolted when she meets Del (Victor Romero), a charming and vaguely discontented toolmaker, who soon moves in and then loses his job causing them both to challenge their assumptions about each other and their aspirations. Burning An Illusion, the pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, marks a coming of age for black British cinema. A film about transformation and identity, this sensitive and entertaining love story traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London.

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: January 1981

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:41:09 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.23 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction with Menelik Shabazz.
• Commentary with Menelik Shabazz, Cassie McFarlane and Victor Romero.
• Short film 'Blood Ah Goh Run' (Menelik Shabazz, 1982).
• 8-page liner notes booklet with essays etc.

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2005

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 14

 

 

Comments:

A very good DVD package from BFI. The Feature was originally shot on 16mm and the image is understandably weak by today's standards, but it is a true representation of the films appearance. It has virtually no damage and is progressively transferred. Audio is also quite acceptability consistent and clean. The disc is loaded with great extras including an intro by the director, a commentary by the director and cast, another short by the director and a liner notes booklet. Excellent work by BFI - if only all films were treated so well by DVD productions companies.  out of      

Gary W. Tooze

 





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