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If Livesey's engaging Clive Candy is the film's heart, Anton Wallbrook's Theo is its conscience; his exile speech delivered to an uncomprehending immigration officer is a heartfelt tour de force made all the more poignant by the Austrian actor's own circumstances, as well as those of Hungarian scriptwriter Emeric Pressburger. Powell's technically masterful and innovative direction illuminates every scene, from the surprising camera move in the duel sequence to the hunting montage of stuffed animal heads on a wall. Notoriously, this is the film that Churchill tried to have banned, and indeed its sympathetic portrayal of a German officer was contentious in 1943, though one suspects that Churchill's own blimpishness was a factor too.
On the DVD: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp looks in excellent condition on this special edition DVD. The mono sound is crisp and the picture largely free of grain, allowing the subtle lighting and muted colours to be seen as intended. The main extra is a 25-minute documentary feature which tells us nothing revelatory about making the film, but has good new interviews with cinematographer Jack Cardiff (then an apprentice) and eloquent admirer Stephen Fry. Text biographies and stills are also included.--Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bought for a Christmas present. Was really plesed to be able to track a copy down.Published 15 days ago by Heather Meikle
Great cinematography. But it's English (not British) propaganda. Colonialist, patronising sentiment. A Matter is a fantastic, humane movie. Read morePublished 21 days ago by michaelpfinucane
I don’t very often review films that have already been extensively reviewed, but I will make an exception for this one. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Bob Salter
There's little to add to the many superlatives bestowed by the other reviewers here, except to say that Anton Walbrook's superbly acted (and filmed) panegyric to England - a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pedr Gogg
Brilliant film and much overlooked. Expecially when you consider when it was made.Published 3 months ago by Customer
Certainly up there with some of the best movies ever. Interesting that Roger Livesey wasn't the first choice for the main role, yet he and the rest of the cast are a perfect fit. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LiamD
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp  [Blu-ray] [The Criterion Collection] [US Import] Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew C. Miller