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The Films of Powell & Pressburger; 9-disc set coming August

Discussion in 'DVD' started by John Hodson, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. John Hodson

    John Hodson Well-Known Member

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    I found news of a new (well, I use the term loosely) nine film boxset Powell & Pressburger: The Collection which is being released by Granada Ventures, at www.powell-pressburger.org.

    The box, released in this, Michael Powell's cententary year, will only be available from HMV both on-line and in store from August. If you're a fan, you should already have most of the titles (and be aware that Criterion are rumoured to be releasing both 49th Parallel and A Canterbury Tale soon, and that Sony still has their restored SE of A Matter of Life and Death to announce in R1) but you won't have They're a Weird Mob, which is making it's DVD debut in R2 (though it's out in R4). Price is £39.99.

    Full details here:

    They’re a Weird Mob - Special Features
    Available For The First Time On DVD
    Running Time 110 Minutes

    Battle Of The River Plate - Special Features
    Cast Biographies
    Digitally Remastered Picture
    Running Time 114 Minutes

    A Canterbury Tale - Special Features
    Running Time 120 Minutes

    49th Parallel - Special Features
    Running Time 117 Minutes

    I Know Where I'm Going - Special Features
    Running Time 87 Minutes

    Ill Met By Moonlight - Special Features
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    Running Time 100 Minutes

    The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp - Special Features
    Profile Documentary (25 Minutes)
    Stills Gallery
    Biography
    Running Time 103 Minutes

    A Matter of Life & Death - Special Features
    Behind The Scenes Commentary By Jack Cardiff
    In-Depth Biographies
    Running Time 100 Minutes

    The Red Shoes - Special Features
    Profile Documentary (25 Minutes)
    The Ballet Of The Red Shoes - Featurette
    Theatrical Trailer
    Behind The Scenes Stills
    Biographies
    Running Time 153 Minutes
     
  2. Neal K

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    Any idea if these will be repackagings of the dvds already released?
     
  3. John Hodson

    John Hodson Well-Known Member

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    Yes, apart from They're a Weird Mob that's all they are. If you've already got 'em...
     
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    Just watched this film last night. [​IMG]

    Too bad that unreleased Powell & Pressburger films remain that way.
     
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    Your birthday today Jeff? Have a good 'un!
     
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    Thanks John. [​IMG]
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the existing DVD of this sublime, timeless film have no extras? I own the excellent Criterion edition, but I'd glady buy for a new transfer; the Criterion transfer is very good, but is a bit scratchy in places.

    A bargain set for new-comers to The Archers. Incidentally, why does this set not include the new - and controversial - Black Narcissus DVD?

    Yup, still waiting on A Matter of Life and Death, Sony! [​IMG]

    I can't wait for the Criterion editions of The 49th Parallel and A Canterbury Tale. The Tales of Hoffmann disc has been long-awaited by my DVD player.

    I can heartily recommend the UK disc of Gone to Earth. Which has a gorgeous transfer and decent extras. Available HERE.
     
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    I Know Where I'm Going has recently undergone restoration by Granada, but AFAIK (my set is still in the mail) this is the older Carlton DVD sans extras.


    It was originally intended to be included, but it was pulled and licensed out to Network at the eleventh hour.
     
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    Damn, you know your stuff, Hodson! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Sad ain't it? [​IMG]
     
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    ...erm... Running time of "Colonel Blimp" is 163 minutes, not 103 as indicated above... one hopes...

    . . . [​IMG] . . .
     
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    Being PAL, the DVD run time is just about 157 minutes. Sadly, I have three copies of this - don't ask - soon to be joined by a fourth! And you would think, therefore, I would have spotted that typo... [​IMG]
     
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    Just bumping this thread; the set is now an eye-popping £17.99 at HMV via the link in the first post and is no longer an 'HMV exclusive' as of July - it's up at £29.99 at Amazon UK on pre-order.
     
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    Do you know where to buy They're a Weird Mob in R4?

    In case someone might be interested, Spy in Black is available in Australia:
    http://www.hmv.com.au/product/dvd.asp?sku=908416

    Never mind. I found They're a Weird Mob at atlanticdvd.com.au.
     
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    Four films from Powell & Pressburger have been released in France:

    - Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    - The 49 th Parallel
    - Black Narcissus
    - Red Shoes

    They seem to be splendid editions.The price is 24,99 euros in all retailers.
     
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    DVD Times has reviewed the new French editions of:

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    Black Narcissus
    A Canterbury Tale

    Check out the links to the Institut Lumiere website from those reviews; more P&P have been released over there. Those R2 French releases have also now been released in an 8-disc boxset - see here.

    And there's another French box release, containing A Matter of Life and Death and the first DVD release of Oh...Rosalinda! - see here.

    Plus, Play.com have artwork for the new UK P&P box here.
     

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