On The Buses | 1970s British comedy films heading to Blu-ray

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The On The Buses films are coming to Blu-ray for the first time, loaded with special features. I hate you, Butler!

The 1970s was rife with sitcom to film adaptations, from the controversial Love Thy Neighbour to Man About The House and Rising Damp. While On The Buses may be viewed these days as a show very much of its time, there’s no denying that it was extremely popular – the first film was second only at the British box office to Diamonds Are Forever in 1971.

Now, all three feature films – On The Buses, Mutiny On The Buses and Holiday On The Buses – are coming to Blu-ray for the first time, courtesy of Australian distribution company Via Vision.

As well as HD remasters of all three films, the set will come with a plethora of special features, including:

  • Alternative open-matte 1.33:1 aspect ratio version of the first film, On The Buses
  • Collectable 40-page booklet containing reproductions of the original Pressbook for each film
  • On The Buses: Non-Stop Laughter – featurette on the making of the film franchise 
  • Audio Commentary by television historian Henry Holland and Aaron Brown of British Comedy Guide (2023)
  • Interviews with cast members Reg Varney, Anna Karen, Stephen Lewis and Andria Lawrence
  • Interviews with writers / producers Ronald Chesney & Ronald Wolfe, Hammer Films producer / production supervisor Roy Skeggs, runners at Hammer Films, Brian Reynolds & Phil Campbell, author / film historian Morris Bright, Dean Sullivan, of Sullivan Buses, on the classic Routemaster and Steve Luxton, founder of the On The Buses fan club
  • “On The Buses Archive Interviews Revisited” – featurette 
  • Alternative Opening Music excerpt for the first film
  • Theatrical Trailer for each film
  • Photo Galleries

That’s a generous helping of extras, we’re sure you’ll agree. The set will be released on the 27th December. You can pre-order from the Via Vision website – they post worldwide.

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