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49th Parallel (Criterion Collection) (1941) On DVD

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Quick Overview

Actor :       Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George, Eric Portman, Raymond Lovell
Director:    Michael Powell
Genre:       Action & Adventure
Year:          1941
Studio:       Criterion
Length:      123
Released: February 20, 2007
Rating:       Not Rated (MPAA Rating)
Format:      DVD
Misc:          NTSC,Black & White
Language: English
subtutles:  N/A





DESCRIPTION:


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

Product Description


At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew, headed by the ruthless Eric Portman, is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities, before trying to cross the border into the United States. Both soul-stirring and delightfully entertaining, 49th Parallel features a colorful cavalcade of characters played by larger-than-life actors Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, and Leslie Howard.






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














































































































































































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Detail

Actor :       Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George, Eric Portman, Raymond Lovell
Director:    Michael Powell
Genre:       Action & Adventure
Year:          1941
Studio:       Criterion
Length:      123
Released: February 20, 2007
Rating:       Not Rated (MPAA Rating)
Format:      DVD
Misc:          NTSC,Black & White
Language: English
subtutles:  N/A


DESCRIPTION:

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

Product Description

At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew, headed by the ruthless Eric Portman, is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities, before trying to cross the border into the United States. Both soul-stirring and delightfully entertaining, 49th Parallel features a colorful cavalcade of characters played by larger-than-life actors Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, and Leslie Howard.


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


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