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    Look at Life: Volume 1 - Transport




    Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts.

    Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these ‘slice of life’ colour featurettes – numbering over 500 episodes in total – presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life, and among the documentaries included here are several that vividly capture the vibrancy and optimism of the Swinging Sixties. Digitally restored from the original film elements, this release compiles 54 memorable films which offer a fascinating snapshot of transport in 1960s’ Britain, with many unseen since their first screening.

    Narrated by TIM TURNER, RAYMOND BAXTER, MICHAEL INGRAMS, EAMONN ANDREWS, JOHN WITTY, ANNE MacEWEN and DUNCAN CARSE

    Ticket to Tokyo
    Travelling with a Britannia airliner from London to Tokyo and back.

    Letting Off Steam
    Celebrating British Railways’ change of technology to bring in the modern age of commuter travel.

    New Roads for Old
    A look at tomorrow’s roads in the making.

    Flight on a Cushion
    Telling the story of a hovercraft from the moment it was invented.

    Talking of Coaches...
    Life from the back of a coach during a tour of Italy.

    Alpine Rescue
    An impressive glimpse of the hazards faced by Swiss glacier pilots.

    Shopping for a ‘Queen’
    In this case it is the ‘Queen Elizabeth’, the 83,000 ton liner.

    Sailing the Sky
    All the thrills of gliding and an interview with Britain’s leading woman glider pilot.

    Driving Test
    Driving school tuition and the training of police drivers.

    Shape of a Ship
    Taking a look at the big new liners being built.

    Air Hostess
    This quirky film follows an early “trolley dolly” and her working day.

    Taxi! Taxi!!
    Looking at the organisation behind taxis, from how they are made to picking up passengers.

    All Through the Night
    Out on the trunk roads with the night lorries. It’s a tough life for these night drivers.

    Over and Under
    A look at the modern bridge building that is taking place all over Britain today.

    Horse-power Riders
    Experts prove that safety on a motor-cycle stems from control of the machine.

    Eyes of the Law
    A look at traffic control and motorways in Germany.

    Scooter Commuter
    In ten years, the scooter population has increased from 4,250 to over 41,000.

    Sea Horses
    Little tugs, without which any big port would come to a standstill, are featured.

    So They All Hover Now
    Today all kinds of things are hovering. Trucks, barrows, even stretchers!

    The Village Sleeps Again
    The pros and cons of building a by-pass.

    Birdmen
    John Wimpenny is the first man to pedal himself through the air for more than half a mile.

    Draw the Fires
    An interim report on the railway modernisation schemes that have aroused controversy.

    The Car Has Wings
    Natural boundaries no longer limit the range of motoring.

    Vintage Models
    A visit to Montague Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New Forest.

    Pilot Aboard
    The story of Britain’s pilotage services: always on call.

    Where No Tide Flows
    A look at canals today and how they have been rediscovered by holidaymakers.

    High, Wide and Faster
    Closer co-ordination between our roads, railways and coastal shipping facilities.

    Oil Aboard
    The story of the oil tankers and the crews that sail in them.

    Report on a River
    Modernising port services and keeping traffic moving on the Thames.

    Europe Grows Together
    Britain is having to look urgently at her links with the Continent.

    Turn of the Wheel
    What happens to the old trains and buses which are being replaced?

    City of the Air
    A fascinating look at many aspects of London Airport in the BOAC and BEA era.

    Behind the Ton-Up Boys
    There are nearly two million motor-cyclists in Britain.

    Going Places Under Water
    The story of the world’s first underwater sightseeing bus.

    Living with Cars
    What is being done to cope with the increasing number of cars on our roads?

    Flying to Work
    Private planes and helicopters are springing up all over the country.

    The Spirit of Brooklands
    The story of the renowned motor racing circuit.

    Weather Adviser
    In all conditions, special ships maintain a constant scientific watch on the weather.

    What Price Safety?
    What is being done to make cars and roads safer?

    Down in the Dumps
    How the problem of dumped cars is being tackled.

    Cats of the Sea
    The thrill of sailing catamarans is giving thousands of people plenty of fun.

    Breaking the Ice
    Taking a look at the icebreakers responsible for keeping shipping routes open.

    Skimming Through the Sixties
    What is happening to the hovercraft?

    The Big Take-Off
    What’s happening to the British aircraft industry in the face of competition?

    Lighter Than Air
    Going up in a hot air balloon.

    Just an Accident
    Twenty people are killed on the roads daily.

    Scrambling for It
    A sport which today attracts thousands of followers.

    The Straits of Dover
    Every day, 750 ships pass through the five mile wide shipping channel.

    Where Do You Leave the Boat?
    With more pleasure boats being built, the problem is where to keep them.

    Pushing the Bike
    The bike’s impact on the world today.

    Playing Trains
    On unprofitable branch lines, thousands of people are still running steam locomotives.

    The City’s For Living In
    Many cities in Britain today face the danger of traffic’s impact on the environment

    All in a Day’s Work
    A look at people who travel the world by air as part of their everyday jobs.

    A Load of Pheasants
    Intercontinental deliveries by lorries that travel via the ferries of Britain’s ports.

     

    • Catalogue Number : 7953154
    • Available Since : 01/02/2010
    • Classification Exempt
    • Number of Discs 4
    • Picture 1.33:1 / Colour
    • Sound Mono / English
    • Subtitles None
    • Region 2 / PAL
    • Time TBC
    • Short Name Look at Life 1
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    steven h
    10/5/2011

    These Look at Life films just look terrific on my tv the images
    are crisp clear and with a good soundtrack I cannot fault this selection,Having bought some of these in the 1970`s for about £25 each on Super8mm format I just could not open the package fast eough and the quality is breathtaking!
    Well done to those boffins at Network...

    • 5 out of 5 people found this review useful.

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    Look at Life: Volume 1 - Transport

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    Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News,

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