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Postby Schiehallion » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:19 pm

Has anyone seen any of the 'Auld Glasgow' dvd's currently on sale? I'm wondering how much footage is in them and what kind of quality.

On a similar theme I see WH Smith are stocking a series of old railway footage dvd's (blue covers), one of which is Glasgow (part 1). Any of the train guys on here seen any of those and again, how do they measure up?

Any opinions greatly appreciated.
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Postby Fossil » Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:02 pm

Aye good point.
Seen these today also In WH Smiths in Central Station...
Did I see the price for some at £17.99??

On a side not some South Lanarkshire Libraries have Videos of trams around Glasgow 1 or 2 in the series. Only costs £1 for a week

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Postby Schiehallion » Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:13 pm

The railway ones are about £16.99 or £17.99 I think. There's a doubler 'Auld Glasgow' for around £22.99.
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Postby johnnyanglia » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:19 am

I have seen the 2 Glasgow trams videos. Turn the sound down and they are great to watch. Filmed mostly by amateurs they are frustrating and amazing in equal measure. Frustrating because the shots can be a bit wobbly and amazing because everything is so natural. They would be better on DVD so that they can be paused to admire the street scenes which were (inadvertently)filmed.
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Postby Sir Roger DeLodgerley » Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:36 am

I've got both of the Glasgow train DVDs and would recommend them if you're at all intereted in Glasgow's railway history. There is a bit too much Buchanan Street footage for my tastes and not enough of St Enoch but all in all they are well worth viewing. There is plenty of footage of locomotives and rolling stock with only a limited amount of background views of old Glasgow. There is, though, some fascinating footage shot from a pleasure steamer sailing down the clyde in the late 1950s.

I believe a third volume may be in production.
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Postby Schiehallion » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:49 am

Thanks for that Roger, I'll maybe give the railway ones a miss. To be honest it's more the stations etc that I'm interested in as opposed to rolling stock etc.
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Postby Schiehallion » Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:50 am

Finally shelled out for the Auld Glasgow Pre-war DVD. Excellent stuff. Some amazing footage from 1910 and 1920's of the bridges over the Clyde including trains on the City Union bridge. Great shots of Sauchiehall St, George Square and the City Chambers, the Broomielaw and a great study along Great Western Road of the toffs going to church.
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Postby glasgowken » Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:49 pm

Ooo the 'Auld Glasgow' DVD sounds interesting, what's the running time ?
I can thoroughly recommend the 2 Glasgow Tram DVD's, amazing footage on there, and the Glasgow Underground one is great as well, although obviously, less background views :wink:

If anyone does have more than a passing interest in the Subway, get a video called 'Glasgow Subway', it was filmed in 1974, and features some excellent footage of the stations, with some snippets of the street, (Ibrox match day crowds, and the like).
The Transport Mueseum had some a while back, although the last time I looked they were sold out.

SPTE put out a video for the Centenary, called 'Circles Under Glasgow'. Avoid that, it's a load of corny crap, with about 10 seconds of decent footage.
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Postby Alex Glass » Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:40 pm

I have copies of the Double Auld Glasgow videos. If you liked the first one Schiehallion the second one is even better. There are about four films, one abour the river another is a little boy getting help from his dad with homework and he lists all the thing he should write concerning Glasgow, the third is about the changes that took place durinmg the sixties and seventies Sidney Rosewater gave ne a copy of DVDs he has and the footage from the Auld Glasgow film was used in a programme assessing what happened in the seventies and the promises that were not delivered in the eighties. Its almost exactly the same footage.

Sidney's DVD also included to films called Glasgow's Blight centred mainly on the Gorbals and the East End and a film presented by Angus McLeod of Scotland Today with old footage from Scottish Screen and made about 1997 ish.

I recently recorded both Auld Glasgow videos to DVD. Would be willing to swap with any other films on Glasgow.

I thing its about time to do a follow up given the activity in the city in recent years.
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Postby Pgcc93 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:08 pm

Alex Glass wrote:
Would be willing to swap with any other films on Glasgow.

I thing its about time to do a follow up given the activity in the city in recent years.


I'll trade you the following Alex

Glasgow Belongs to me that was made by the British Transport Commission in 1965 based on an idea by Jack House. 8)



Glasgow Belongs to me

GB 1965, colour,
A sketch of the emotional quality of life in a great city, the film traces the development of the Glaswegian from a Clydeside hamlet dweller to the inhabitant of a large city that has both benefited and suffered from unparalleled industrialisation.


Here are a few screenshots from the film Enjoy 8)

The opening sequence is a panning shot high above the rooftops showing the prolific amount cranes that once dominated the Glasgow skyline.


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A fairly typical almost timeless Street scene of wifies hingin' oot the windae watching over the weans while having a proper gossip as wummin do even today without the windae part of course ::):

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It wouldn't be Glasgow with out a game of street fitba'! jackets for goalposts and all that. Here we have a good example of 4 against 5 :D


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Aerial view of a steam engine leaving St Enochs Station heading over the Clyde. The Station was just about closed to passengers if not already when this film was shot.

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A tourist arrives at St Enoch Station and hails a taxi, the buildings in the background are in Howard Street and you can see the turrets of the building on Clyde Street just above the roofline all which still exist today.

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Glasgow Uni and Kelvinhall

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Glasgow Green at the Clyde

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George Square views


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Ship passing Govan? Anyone know where the Whitefield Bar was situated?


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Govan ferry with Meadowside Granary on the right of the picture.

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Ocean Liners leaving the tail of the bank

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The new Blue Train Class 303 making it's way to Helensburgh passing through what looks like Scotstoun and Cardross perhaps?

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Distant view of Hillhead High School (the red brick building in the upper right)

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Nurse crossing the road at what I think is the original Royal Infirmary? Check the old Electricity Board Commer van!

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Glasgow Necropolis over the rooftops

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It ends with this atmopheric shot at the top of Gardener Street in Partick

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Postby Fossil » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:12 pm

Quality PG totally quality images 8) 8)

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Postby red_kola » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:12 pm

Fantastic stills. Thanks.
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Postby glasgowken » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:15 pm

Brilliant pics, are you selling DVD copies by any chance ? I'd buy one.
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Postby macca734 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:17 pm

glasgowken wrote:Brilliant pics, are you selling DVD copies by any chance ? I'd buy one.


Me too. This might sound daft but where do you guys source all these vids and DVD's?

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Postby Socceroo » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:27 pm

Superb images absolutely superb. 8)
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