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After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he’s just delivered his dying wishes and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the afterlife arrives to correct the clerical error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist heaven. Peppered by humorous jabs intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Ian Christie
  • New interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, director Michael Powell’s widow
  • New interview with film historian Craig Barron on the film’s visual effects and production design
  • Interview from 2009 with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • The Colour Merchant, a 1998 short film by Craig McCall featuring cinematographer Jack Cardiff
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek
    • United Kingdom
    • 1946
    • 104 minutes
    • Color
    • 1.37:1
    • English
    • Spine #939July 24, 2018

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Worthy of a blind purchase?
 

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Never seen the film but the plot sounds like a mash up of Here Comes Mr. Jordan and A Guy Named Joe.
 
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Thank you, Criterion !!!
As usual for us all, one amazing release announcement seems never to suffice; as it is the gateway to our further greed and delights; but, one can only hope that all other Criterion DVDs of P & P will soon be following.:)
 
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Second greatest release announcement in the history of Blu-ray.
and the third would be....the recovery of either the lost Chan films, or Erich von Stroheim's original cut of Greed? :)

i agree with both of your choices by the way
 

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Second only to FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL? ;)

With respect, Will, I believe I already said that:


Bruce meanwhile might have some barely - a musical in mind?
Never the same when you have to spell out these things <he wrote, with a smile distorted by tongue firmly pressing on cheek>
 

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Never seen the film but the plot sounds like a mash up of Here Comes Mr. Jordan and A Guy Named Joe.
In some ways [e.g. the leading character’s external outcome depending on the resolution of the internal battle and perhaps vice versa; the character and viewer never really being sure as to what’s real and what’s not etc.] this film may be closer to the outstanding UK BBC series Life On Mars.

But the thing is, in its imagery and artistry, this film stands unique.