Michael Apted’s 49 UP makes it to DVD

First Run Features is bringing Michael Apted’s 49 UP to DVD next week.

“49 UP” is the seventh film in the series that began 42 years ago when a documentary team from the UK-based Granada TV, inspired by the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man,” interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Michael Apted, a researcher on “Seven UP,” has returned to interview the children (now adults) every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and now again at age 49. This latest chapter sees the participants speaking out on a variety of subjects including love, marriage, career, class and prejudice. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan to the heartrending Neil, more life-changing decisions are revealed, more shocking announcements made, and more of the original group take part than ever before.

The previous films in the series, “Seven Up” through “42 UP,” are currently available also in a DVD box set from First Run Features.

“49 UP” will also offer up some bonus materials such as an Exclusive Bonus Interview in which Roger Ebert talks with Michael Apted. Also included is a Director Biography and a Photo Gallery

“49 UP” will be in stores on November 14 for $29.95.

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