Battle of the Somme is a pioneering battlefield documentary that was seen by huge audiences in the UK when it was released in August 1916, barely a month after the events it depicted. Cinema-goers hailed it as an opportunity to see the reality of the Western Front for the first time, and to share the experiences of the soldiers who were fighting there. Digitally remastered for audiences today.
The film comes with a choice of 3 soundtracks:
- A recently commissioned original score, composed by Laura Rossi and performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine.
- A recreation of the medley of contemporaneous music recommended to accompany the original 1916 release.
- An audio commentary by Roger Smither, former keeper of the IWM's Film and Photograph Archives.
The DVD also comes with on screen interviews with Roger Smither, Laura Rossi, Stephen Horne and Dr. Toby Haggith. Five missing scenes and fragments and a viewing notes booklet with information on the film and its restoration.
Total Running Time: 129 minutes (approx.)