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David Lean DVD Collection Box Set [9 Discs, Import, All Regions] (Oliver Twist /Great Expectations / Blithe Spirit / This Happy Breed /Brief Encounter /Madeleine /The Sound Barrier /Hobson's Choice) (2010)

David Lean  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Directors: David Lean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 917 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LU2V78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Beautiful Korean only 9 DVD box set. NTSC/Region 0.

Includes the following films;

The Sound Barrier (1952) (Only available in the US box set World War Collection) (US MSLP $29.98)

Hobson's Choice (1953) (Also available in the US ~ MSLP $39.95 Criterion Pressing)


Blithe Spirit (1945) (Out-of print in the US. New copies selling for $100+!)

Brief Encounter (Also available in the US ~ MSLP $39.95 Criterion Pressing)

Great Expectations (1946) (Also available in the US ~ MSLP $39.95 Criterion Pressing)

Oliver Twist (1948) (US MSLP $14.98)

Madeleine (1950) Out-of print in the US.

The Passionate Friends (1949) Out-of print in the US.

This Happy Breed (1944) Out-of print in the US.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful transfers of some rarely available films March 19, 2009
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I haven't yet seen all of the 9 films in this collection, but most of them. The transfers of all I have watched are quite good. It is easy to turn off the Korean subtitles and watch with English ones if preferred (as I do for non-American English dialogue), or with none at all. Lean was a wonderful director, in any genre he chose -- broad comedy (Blithe Spirit, Hobson's Choice), classic adaptations of Dickens (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist), drama (The Sound Barrier, This Happy Breed)...Some of these are not easily available elsewhere, at least in no-region/region 1 format. I have been looking for an excellent transfer of Blithe Spirit, for example, for a long time. It is shameful that the only modern transfer available in the US at this time is this Far-Eastern import, but luckily it is done much more than adequate justice here. I highly recommend getting this box set; you won't be disappointed if you enjoy classic films (especially at a cost of $8 or so per disc). One more thing -- the compact packaging is greatly appreciated as well.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding collection September 12, 2009
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David Lean's work collected here is showcased very well. We see his character studies and adventures, his vision of classic Dickens novels, and his light touch with comedy. I was unfamiliar with several of the films in this collection and was particularly bowled over by Hobson's Choice with Charles Laughton, a broad farce deftly handled.

The collection's packaging has only Korean liner notes, and subtitles are available in both Korean and English, but the films themselves are as made - all in English. I purchased this to obtain Blithe Spirit, which I could not find anywhere else at the time. The other works included are equally valuable and worthwhile, including the supplementary background material about David Lean's approach to film making from several of the skilled behind-the-scenes pros who worked with him.

Highly recommended for collectors of the finest directors in film.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Nine David Lean DVD Set Is Well Worth Its Price August 22, 2009
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For me, this is an excellent deal: English Language subtitles on NINE very good transfers of David Lean movies at a good price. My wife and I are very satisfied with the entire set. I believe several of the movies aren't available with captions or subtitles anywhere else: Madeleine, The Sound Barrier, This Happy Breed, and The Passionate Friends.

I am pleased with the quality of this Korean import. I was afraid it would be substandard, but it is fine.

The only flaw I've noticed is actually humorous: It claims to contain "Blithe Spirits." Of course the movie itself has the title correct, "Blithe Spirit." :-)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible bargain - get it while you can. April 2, 2010
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This set, at $5 - $6 per film,is an incredible buy. It is more than worth the price for the three Noel Coward items alone. Two of the lesser known Lean films, Maleleine and The Passionate lovers, are very good as well. The video transfers are good, even when viewed on a fairly large LCD TV, upscaled to 1080i. The only slight problem is color variability at a few spots in the Technicolor films - but this may have been in the films themselves. Do not be put off by the Korean source. It is easy to remove the Korean subtitles either using the menu or the subtitle button on your remote. The packaging is very compact. This is a good thing, except that one of the discs came off the hub in shipment and was moderately scratched. However, it played well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lean Box Set ---Great Product May 19, 2010
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I was so happy to find these David Lean titles abailable, especially those not currently distributed in the USA that have been on sale for $70+ each (Blithe Spirit). All movies are as produced and the Korean subtitles can be shut off in the options on each DVD; and the Korean descriptions on the box don't really matter. At $6 per movie, this was a steal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection for Lean fans August 29, 2009
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This collection, imported from South Korea can only be obtained from sellers; the Amazon version, Centenary Collection was issued in UK and plays only on Region 2 players. Either collection gives ample opportunity to David Lean fans to know some of his "lesser" earlier works. Aside from the best known (like Brief Encounter and Great Expectations) some, like Madaleine are not available in video-tape or DVD in the United States. That and The Passionate Friends are very much worth watching and knowing about. And you do not want to miss The Sound Barrier, an exciting minor epic that also deserves a Criterion nod. Lean was a first rate director, whose early work has been generally neglected, aside from a few masterpieces mentioned. Should you wish to know his opus in its entirety, try this collection (it does omit his first film, In Which we Serve), if you cannot obtain the UK edition. Obviously copies of copies, the DVDs are not in pristine state,in fact, some are rather poor, but they are watchable, and, should you not know Korean, the dialogue and subtitles are also given in English. Despite their second rate quality, these discs still give not only unexpectedly good entertainment, but offer a chance to know more about the director who was to captivate international audiences with his unequalled five epics for several more decades.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful (and not really in Korean) January 20, 2012
Format:DVD
These are priceless old movies, at least two of which (Blithe Spirit and Madeleine)are hard to find anywhere else. The transfers are first-rate, the picture quality excellent, and the sound as good as one can expect from old British films. Ignore the silly people who said they are in Korean or Japanese. The edition is from Korea, so the liner notes are in Korean (not Japanese), but the movies are in English and are clearly labeled in English. They have Korean subtitles, but every DVD player has a button on the remote for turning off the subtitles. These are wonderfully satisfying movies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movies by David Lean
good movies for winter nights
Published 22 days ago by andrew nimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
If you're into those old David Lean movies it's a must for your collection. Good quality picture and sound. Very happy!
Published 3 months ago by 4755727
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lean Fans Delight
Most of the early films directed by David Lean are in this collection. Don't be scared by the Korean writing on the packaging. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lean DVD Collection Box Set (9 Discs, Import, All Regions)
Initially, I was a little aprehensive about whether I would be able to watch these discs on my DVD/Blue Ray player or if the quality of the discs would make the aprehension... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ct. Yankee
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldies but goodies
These movies are, perhaps, a little dated but, nonetheless worth watching. My favourite moments are those featuring Margaret Rutherfprd in Blithe Spirit, I have always found her... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Albert James Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I found the dvds to be of very high quality. Love the set. thank you so very much. Great item.
Published 13 months ago by modquad
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed rating - great customer service!
I had put a 3 star rating because of packaging damage. However, the supplier immediately addressed the problem and is shipping out new holders so I am switching to 5-star. Read more
Published 16 months ago by E. Schoenauer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want just two of these titles, buy this set.
David Lean DVD Collection Box Set [9 Discs, Import, All Regions] (Oliver Twist /Great Expectations / Blithe Spirit / This Happy Breed /Brief Encounter /Madeleine /The Sound Barrier... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Loren
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is so good! David Lean classics @ $5 each!
...thanks to "wherehouse deals", where I picked this lovely 'used' set up for $47, free S/H, "missing shrink wrap". Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Jrum C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Major contribution
This is a major contribution to our knowledge of film. The movies themselves probably didn't look as good when released as they do now. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by C.A. Arthur
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