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
- 104 minutes
- Spine #939July 24, 2018
- Jul 3, 1997
- Reaction score
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
This isn’t just a release I’ve been waiting for... it is the release I’ve been hoping for!
- Dec 4, 2009
- Reaction score
- Real Name
What? You mean, it’s not Baby Swaddling Mama Gondoliers? I’m shocked, Mike!
Bruce meanwhile might have some barely - a musical in mind?
[Edit: Ignore - I just saw Bruce’s other post: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co...od-criterion-july-3-2018.357023/#post-4600675 ]
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.
Second only to FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL?
With respect, Will, I believe I already said that:
Never the same when you have to spell out these things <he wrote, with a smile distorted by tongue firmly pressing on cheek>Bruce meanwhile might have some barely - a musical in mind?
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.Never seen the film but the plot sounds like a mash up of Here Comes Mr. Jordan and A Guy Named Joe.
But the thing is, in its imagery and artistry, this film stands unique.
Especially if one is starved for Technicolor...