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COI Collection Vol 4: Stop! Look! Listen! – classic public information films

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The BFI has been releasing volumes of archive footage from the Central Office of Information (COI), previously taking in the military, the police and classic design films (which we featured here). Now it's the turn of the public information film in COI Collection Vol 4: Stop! Look! Listen!

Released on 15th November, the DVD includes Mind How You Go (1973), with green cross code advice courtesy of Valerie Singleton; Drive Carefully Darling (1975), starring Frank Bough and a cast of ‘numskulls’; Apaches (1977), massacre on the farm from John MacKenzie, director of The Long Good Friday; Betcher! (1971), in which a young Keith Chegwin takes on a cycling challenge; Never Go With Strangers (1971), sinister stranger danger advice for children and Twenty Times More Likely (1979), where Gillian Taylforth’s first love ends tragically. You'll also find people like Michael Palin, John Challis, Colin Baker, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Dick Emery and Reg Varney in there too.
This 2-disc set is accompanied by an illustrated booklet containing an introductory essay and comprehensive film notes and is available to pre-order now, priced at £11.99. See over the page for a full breakdown on content.

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Via Cinedelica

Disc One
Thirty Miles An Hour (1949)
A Moment’s Reflection (1968)
Highway Code – Woodenhead (1949)
Too Close For Comfort (1971)
Ending It All (c1970)
Mind How You Go (1973)
Sewing Machine (1973)
Drive Carefully Darling (1975)
Accident in Park Road (1988)
Look Out For Trouble (c1980)
Joe & Petunia – Coastguard (2006 version) (2006)
No Short Cut (1964)
Betcher! (1971)
Magpies – House (1984)
Bonus on Disc 1:
I Stopped, I Looked and I Listened (1975)

Disc Two
20 Times More Likely (1979)
A Game of Chance (1961)
Apaches (1977)
Lonely Water (1973)
Building Sites Bite (1978)
Never Go With Strangers (1971)
Absent Parents (1982)
Searching (1974)
Every Five Minutes (1951)
Fire Routine (1979)
Andy Lights The Fire (1980)
Drink Drive Eyes (1992)

Special features
I Stopped, I Looked and I Listened (John Krish, 1975), 16 mins. A trip down memory lane and some road safety advice for the older pedestrian
Booklet with introductory essay and contextualising notes on each film


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