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**GORGEOUS HD RESTORATION OF 4 CLASSIC EALING STUDIO COMEDIES RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AS A BLU RAY SET IN NORTH AMERICA**
**4-DISC SET PACKED WITH TONS OF BONUS FEATURES**
Ealing Studios output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age of British cinema. Featuring contributions from Ealing regulars such as screenwriter T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob, Sons and Lovers) and directors Charles Crichton (Dead of Night, A Fish Called Wanda) and Alexander MacKendrick (The Ladykillers, Sweet Smell of Success), this digitally restored 4-disc collection includes some of the most beloved comedy films of the postwar era. Includes: Whisky Galore! (1948), Passport To Pimlico (1949), The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953), The Maggie (1954).
Bonus features include Whisky Galore! audio commentary by British film expert John Ellis, Distilling Whisky Galore! 52-minute documentary, The Real Whisky Galore! featurette, Whisky Galore! and The Maggie booklet with new essay written by film scholar Ronald Bergen, Making The Titfield Thunderbolt featurette, Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe Home Movie Footage, The Lion Locomotive featurette, The Titfield Thunderbolt locations featurette, Douglas Slocombe on Charles Crichton audio interview, The Titfield Thunderbolt original trailer and stills gallery, Interview with BFI Curator Mark Duguid, Passport To Pimlico locations featurette with film historian Richard Dacre, and Passport To Pimlico restoration comparison and stills gallery.
Film Movement has been bringing out a steady supply of Ealing films, and this two-fer is another hugely welcome release. If you've ever seen either or both of these films, my hunch is you'll be generally very well pleased with the technical presentations, and the supplements on the Whisky Galore! disc are outstanding. Highly recommended. --Jeffrey Kaufmann, Blu-Ray.com
Passport to Pimlico is one of many Eagling's scripted by T.E.B. Clarke, who embodies that warm side, and his script for Charles Crichton's The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) feels like a close relation, also on the subject of letting off steam. - Michael Barrett, Pop Matters
As usual for Ealing, the picture is brimming with delightful character portraits, from a dying man's (James Anderson) resurrection with the arrival of the stolen liquor, to mama's boy George's (Gordon Jackson) hilarious defiance of his stern, religious mother (Jean Cadell) after finding courage in several glasses of the newly-opened whiskey. Though a comedy, the film has exceptionally dramatic monochrome photography by Gerald Gibbs, images so good as to evoke memories of another classic of British cinema, Michael Powell's The Edge of the World (1937). The mostly Scottish cast includes perennial favorites like James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, and Duncan Macrae (Finlay Currie narrates), but also eccentrically sexy Joan Greenwood. --Stuart Galbraith IV, DVD Talk
Ostensibly, this most underestimated of Ealing comedies is a cross between Whisky Galore! and The Titfield Thunderbolt - a whimsical story about a crew of canny Clydebankers giving a brash American a torrid time after being assigned to carry his property aboard their clapped-out steamer. Don't be fooled, however, by the leisurely pace, the gentle humour and the relatively good-natured conclusion. In reality, it's a wicked little satire on the mutual contempt that underlies Euro-American relations, and few could have handled it with such incisive insight as American-born Scot Alexander Mackendrick. --David Parkinson, Radio Times