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The Powell and Pressburger Collection (A Matter of Life and Death / the Red Shoes / the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / a Canterbury Tale / I Know Where I'm Goi...)[Region 2] (1943)

Wendy Hiller , Laurence Olivier , Emeric Pressburger , Michael Powell  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Wendy Hiller, Laurence Olivier, Marius Goring, Michael Gough, Niall MacGinnis
  • Directors: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ***** NON-U.S.A. FORMAT: PAL + Region 2 + U.K. Import *****
  • Run Time: 1243.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0032O8BIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Black & White, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: ***WARNING***ALL DVD TITLES CONTAIN ENGLISH SUBTITLES EXCEPT FOR THE DVD TITLE - A CANTERBURY TALE*** Never in the history of British film have two figures become as iconic as those of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Reigning throughout the 40s and 50s these two magnificent filmmakers brought to life British films and continue to radiate immense critical acclaim and inspiration for all contemporary film making. Includes: 1. The Tales of Hoffman (1951) 2. Black Narcisus (1946) 3. A Matter of Life & Death (1946) 4. The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 5. A Canterbury Tale (1944) 6. I Know Where I am Going (1945) 7. 49th Parallel (1941) 8. The Battle of the River Plate (1956) 9. Ill Met By Moonlight (1957) 10. They're A Weird Mob (1966) 11. The Red Shoes (1948) SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, Venice Film Festival, ...The Powell and Pressburger Collection - 11-DVD Box Set ( A Matter of Life and Death / The Red Shoes / The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / A Canterbury Tale / I Know Where I'm Goi

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF BRITISH FILM MAKING October 25, 2010
As fine a collection of British movies as you'll find, here are all the great classics from the Archers, the matchless directing/writing team of Powell and Pressburger. A round dozen films, each of them a gem of the skill and craft of film-making, each of them distinctive and exceptional in its look, its content and its style.

What was it that made Powell and Pressburger so special? It would be easy to dismiss films like A Canterbury Tale or I Know Where I'm Going as dated sentimental tosh. Yet they are both anything but - moving, involving, strong on characterisation, visually stunning and evoking an intense sense of place (Rural Kent in the former, the Western Isles in the latter). 49th Parallel? Just blatant propaganda! But then there are those stunning Canadian landscapes, the moving characterisations superbly acted by Anton Walbrook, Leslie Howard and, at the other extreme, Eric Portman. Are Ill Met by Moonlight and Battle of the River Plate just a couple more British War Movies, typical of their period? No, both take a different slant on their reality-based material. In Plate, for example, the big battle scene is over before 2/3 of the film is done and yet the potentially anticlimactic scenes in Montevideo harbour and the final scuttling of the pocket battleship are just as exciting, just as fulfilling an ending as any shoot-`em-up finale. What's Black Narcissus but a high-camp melodrama about nuns going potty with sexual frustration in the Himalayas? No, as a study of women isolated by climate, culture and celibacy as well as topography, it's masterly. (OK, Kathleen Byron in scarlet dress, a slash of lipstick across her mouth and rolling eyes is a bit OTT - but I wouldn't swap her for the world.)

Are these, then just comfortably and quintessentially British films?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you've seen one and you will want them all March 7, 2010
I have to confess that I have only seen most of the films. I really hate to put them in any category as they are actually in one of their own. This is one of those times that you really want the whole set and do not care if the cost more or less as a set.

Emeric Pressburger was born on 05 December 1902, Miskolc, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary.) He was Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart.

Michael Latham Powell was born 30 September 1905, Bekesbourne, Kent, England, UK. He was educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College.

Be sure to read my individual reviews for the various movies. My personal favorite is "I Know Where I'm Going!"

Be sure to add "The Edge of the World" (1938) Director: Michael Powell to this collection. There are good movies but this set is the core.

You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player they are quite inexpensive nowadays and can expand your movie world. I am holding out for a time on the multi-region Blu-ray players for a little while.
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