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49th Parallel

The Criterion Collection

4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Product Description

A U-boat Nazi and his comrades raid a Canadian outpost, hijack a seaplane and kill to reach the United States.

Additional Features

Criterion's print of this 1941 film is fabulous, however, a few hairs remain, which is odd with the high bar the Criterion Collection sets. The best of the second-disc special features is a 1981 BBC show on directors Powell and Pressburger. We follow Powell around Hollywood with his new job, Senior Director in Resident for Zoetrope Studios, Francis Ford Coppola's all-too-brief attempt to create an independent film studio. We visit the ill-fated set of One from the Heart and also Martin Scorsese (the contemporary Powell advocate) on the other side of town shooting The King of Comedy. There's an hour of Powell's audio dictations for only the serious buff and a rare short by the two filmmakers, The Volunteer. Ralph Richardson plays himself in this little ditty about how a clumsy dresser becomes a sharp volunteer for Britain's war effort. --Doug Thomas

Special features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Commentary by film and music historian Bruce Eder
  • The Volunteer, a 1943 Powell and Pressburger short starring Ralph Richardson
  • A Pretty British Affair, a BBC documentary on the careers of Powell and Pressburger
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Booklet with new essay by film scholar Charles Barr and an excerpt Powell's 1941 premiere speech

Product details

  • Actors: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George, Eric Portman, Raymond Lovell
  • Directors: Michael Powell
  • Writers: Emeric Pressburger, Rodney Ackland
  • Producers: Michael Powell, George H. Brown, Roland Gillett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000KRNGN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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