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The DVD release of If.... that I pre-ordered from Amazon turned up yesterday, and I have to say that it is even better than I thought it would be. I've not yet listened to the commentary by McDowell, but the rest of the extras were worth the price by themselves: Anderson's 1954 Oscar-winning documentary Thursday's Children, an interview with Graham Crowden, and the BBC4 Cast and Crew programme chaired by Kirsty Wark and featuring Stephen Frears, David Sherwin, Michael Medwin and Miroslav Ondricek.

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Oooh, thanks for letting us know about that. It definitely looks worth checking out. It's been too many years since last we watched If...

All we need now is for O Lucky Man! to be properly re-released, and I'll be a happy man.

Wanna play icon snap?

My copy arrived Thursday. The "commentary" is more some guy talking about the movie in general, rather than specifically the on-screen action, with occasional extracts from an interview with McDowell.

That's a shame. McDowell was on record some years ago as saying that he supported the rerelease of If.... on DVD, and that he would contribute a commentary, but his actual contribution would seem to be rather less than that.

That's good to know, because the one that you forced me at gunpoint to buy is still sitting at home waiting for me (I'm currently on a stag day at a Robin Hood adventure centre in... erm... Kent.)

It'll still be there when you get home, and it'll still be good...

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