If.... 1968
Lindsay Anderson's If.... is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England.

An English public school for boys is the setting for petty domination by the old over the young, and the strong over the weak, as the teachers and prefects humiliate and torment their charges in increasingly brutal fashion. But Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) are determined to fight the system at all costs.
With three close friends, Mick indulges in petty rebellions until he runs afoul of the sadistic head of house (Robert Swann), who administers a vicious ritual beating in the name of school spirit. Thereafter, Mick and his comrades declare war...

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan, Rupert Webster, Robert Swann
Country: UK
Genre: Drama

If.... (1968) Criterion Collection
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BD50 + 2xDVD | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:51:45 | 43.1 Gb + 10.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - this is the same audio commentary that appears on Criterion's DVD release of If..... It features film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell. The commentary was recorded in 2007 (with Malcolm McDowell's contribution taken from an interview conducted in 2002).

Cast and Crew - in this episode of Cast and Crew, a television series produced by BBC Scotland, director's assistant Stephen Frears, producer Michael Medwin, assistant editor Ian Rakoff, cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek, and screenwriter David Sherwin discuss Lindsay Anderson and his legacy, If..., its production history, and its status as one of the greatest British films ever made. Excerpts from a video interview with Malcolm McDowell are also included. In English, with partial English subtitles. (43 min).

Graham Crowden - a video interview with actor Graham Crowden, who had a long working relationship with director Lindsay Anderson. The actor recalls his work on If.... and the character he played, the History Master. The interview was recorded in London in 2007. In English, not subtitled. (15 min).

Thursday's Children - a documentary film about a school of deaf children, narrated by Richard Burton and directed by Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton. In 1955, the film won Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. In English, not subtitled. B&W. (23 min).

If.... (1968) Eureka - Masters of Cinema
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BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:51:37 | 46.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - this audio commentary is also included on Criterion's Blu-ray release of If..... It initially appeared on Criterion's DVD release of If..... It features film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell. The commentary was recorded in 2007 (with Malcolm McDowell's contribution taken from an interview conducted in 2002).

Interviews - a collection of brand new video interviews conducted in February and March 2014 by James McCabe. Various cast and crew members recall their contributions to Lindsay Anderson's legendary film, and discuss the production process, Lindsay Anderson's directing methods and love for editing, the film's visual style, the shooting of specific sequences, etc. One of the more interesting comments is from writer John Howlett, who confirms that the first version of the script for If.... was in fact completed in 1960, eight years before the film was shot. In English, not subtitled.

1. Michael Medwin - producer (5 min).
2. David Sherwin - writer (5 min).
3. John Howlett - writer (17 min).
4. David Gladwell - editor (14 min).
5. Gavrick Losey - production manager (6 min).
6. Brian Harris - camera operator (3 min).
7. David Wood - Johnny/Crusaders (47 min).
8. Hugh Thomas - Denson/Whips (5 min).
9. Geoffrey Chater - Chaplain/Staff (8 min).
10. Philip Bagenal - Peanuts/Seniors (9 min).
11. Sean Bury - Jute/Juniors (5 min).

Short Films - presented here are three early short films directed by Lindsay Anderson.

1. Three Installations (1952). A documentary film promoting the industrial equipment and operations of Richard Sutcliffe Limited, of Horbury, Wakefield. In English, not subtitled. B&W. (24 min).

2. Thursday's Children (1954). The film focuses the daily activities of a group of children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. In 1955, the film won Oscar Award for Best Documentary, Short Subjects. In English, not subtitled. B&W. (23 min).

3. Henry (1955). A young boy runs away from home after his parents begin fighting and ends up in the heart of the city. In English, not subtitled. B&W. (6 min).

Trailers - two original U.S. trailers for If.....

1. U.S. Trailer 1. Original Paramount Pictures trailer. In English, not subtitled. (3 min).
2. U.S. Trailer 2. Original extended Paramount Pictures trailer. In English, not subtitled. (4 min).

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