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Go-Between (The Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]

Julie Christie , Alan Bates , Joseph Losey    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Edward Fox
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, Dutch
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9Z0G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,285 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Writer Harold Pinter and director Joseph Losey always hoped to make an adaptation of Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Their version of L.P. Hartley's novel The Go-Between offers tantalising hints as to how the Proust film might have turned out. An old man (Michael Redgrave) thinks back to a summer many years before when, as a young boy, he stayed with the aristocratic Maudsley family in their beautiful house in the Norfolk countryside. On the threshold of adolescence, intensely curious about sex, he became the go-between for Marian Maudsley (Julie Christie) and local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates) as they conducted an affair behind the backs of the Maudsley family.

This is a slow-moving but beguiling story of lost innocence. There's a subtlety and intelligence here rarely found in British costume dramas. The filmmakers go to enormous lengths to recreate Edwardian England, but never allow the period detail to stifle the storytelling. Although life with the Maudsleys seems idyllic--an endless round of picnics, cricket matches and parties--there is always an undercurrent of violence. The Maudsleys are inveterate snobs. The terrifying Mrs Maudsley (played by Margaret Leighton) simply can't countenance the idea that her daughter would have an affair with a man so far beneath her on the social scale as Burgess. The little boy carries the messages between the lovers without ever quite understanding how explosive their contents are. --Geoffrey Macnab

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), Spanish ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Writer Harold Pinter and director Joseph Losey always hoped to make an adaptation of Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Their version of L.P. Hartley's novel The Go-Between offers tantalising hints as to how the Proust film might have turned out. An old man (Michael Redgrave) thinks back to a summer many years before when, as a young boy, he stayed with the aristocratic Maudsley family in their beautiful house in the Norfolk countryside. On the threshold of adolescence, intensely curious about sex, he became the go-between for Marian Maudsley (Julie Christie) and local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates) as they conducted an affair behind the backs of the Maudsley family.This is a slow-moving but beguiling story of lost innocence. There's a subtlety and intelligence here rarely found in British costume dramas. The filmmakers go to enormous lengths to recreate Edwardian England, but never allow the period detail to stifle the storytelling. Although life with the Maudsleys seems idyllic--an endless round of picnics, cricket matches and parties--there is always an undercurrent of violence. The Maudsleys are inveterate snobs. The terrifying Mrs Maudsley (played by Margaret Leighton) simply can't countenance the idea that her daughter would have an affair with a man so far beneath her on the social scale as Burgess. The little boy carries the messages between the lovers without ever quite understanding how explosive their conte...The Go-Between (1970) (Blu-Ray)


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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the Blu Ray 6 Mar 2010
By Cesar
Format:Blu-ray
MOVIE 4.5 / 5
PICTURE 3.5 / 5
AUDIO 3.5 / 5
EXTRAS 3

The disc is REGION B "LOCKED", so tested on a Momitsu Blu Ray player. Audio: English (DTS Master Audio Mono), German and Spanish Castillian. Subtitles: German, Spanish (Castillian), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES though.

For those not familiar with the movie, the story takes place in early 1900s England. A young boy -a child- almost 13 years old lends himself as a messenger between two lovers, an experience that will mark him for the rest of his life.

This is a very good movie, that recreates a old world with so many details, that it makes one really feel in another time and place.

It's not a movie for everyone though. It's slow, deliberate. To enjoy it, you have to able to put yourself in the young messenger's place, innocently trapped in a world that he has to discover and undesrtand as it unfolds before him, and it depends also in undertanding the the class-ridden and prohibitive world in which the love he came to witness (and serve) takes place.

Although the casting was made so two stars can take first bill (Julie Christie and Alan Bates, whom do a very good job), it's Dominic Guard's subdued and tender performance the one that carries the film, an outstanding acting debut (winner of a Bafta Film award, "Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles"). It's worth mentioning too that Margareth Leighton was nominated for an Oscar, and won a Bafta too.

Now, about the Blu Ray.

Picture quality is hard to judge. Is it better than the DVD? I must say YES (my reference for comparison is the copy of the collection "Screen Icons" that the UK's Sunday Telgraph included as a giveaway some 4 years ago).
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The aspect ratio 13 Aug 2007
By Jiminy
Format:DVD
Yes, it is a pity that the movie is not presented in its intended theatrical aspect ratio 1.85. But to make it clear it is not presented in "butchered 1.33 to fit conventional TV screens" or a "TV-friendly crop of the original wide-screen movie" either. The movie is presented in its original open matte format, which means it was shot in conventional 1.33 to fit TV screens. For theatrical release the picture was then cropped at the top and the bottom, a common practice since the Fifties. So the picture is nothing missing here as the other reviewers suggest. Instead, it shows more information at the top and the bottom than the theatrical release. Just for the record.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite English entertainment 14 Feb 2009
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I watched this film a year ago, and it's taken me that long to find the strength to write a review of it. It really hit me between the temples. Mostly because I found the themes of arrested adolescence, an idyllic English setting, thwarted love, childhood fantasy and loneliness as well as mystical intrigue, very familiar. Cyril Connolly writes how English men find the experiences at their boarding schools so overwhelming they never really come to terms with adulthood, and he has a strong case.

This film has all the ingredients of a troubled life - a beautiful but insensitive woman, who inspires rapturous fantasy - a bunch of emotional cardboard cutouts and the class system, mix that up with cricket, summer heat and a stately home and you can see that its about what the rest of the world find so puzzling about us.
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star film, 1 star DVD 2 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
This is a superb film, unfolding at a moodily languid pace and portraying the injustice of the class system in British society with far more subtlety than most period films. It is a film for intelligent viewers who can appreciate the accumulation of hints and nuances that support this through line. Alan Bates is superb, and Julie Christie is also very well cast. Though he only appears at the end, Michael Redgrave is mesmeric as the haunted bachelor asked to once more walk into the trauma of his youth. This youth involved carrying illicit notes between a young aristocratic single woman (Christie) and a tenant farmer on her family's land (Bates). The interplay of these characters is fascinating, owing much to Joseph Losey's restrained elegant direction and Harold Pinter's taut screenplay. Though I have not read the L.P. Hartley novel on which this is based, I am now very much encouraged to do so.

Unfortunately, though the back of the DVD case claims that the aspect ratio is 1.85, the film is presented in a butchered 1.33 to fit conventional TV screens. Hopefully a more meticulous release will come out at some stage, as the film really is a masterpiece that deserves to be seen as originally intended and shot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary film & music 23 Feb 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Julie Christie-film is extraordinary (as usual when it's JC). It hits exactly the mood and shows how some of the golden films where made at that time, aprx. 1967-74. The music by Michel Legrand is very fantastic and dramatic too.
The only thing about this DVD which is a shame, is that it has no (danish) subtitles. I already knew it, when I bought it. So I had to download a random english subtitle-file from google. Which meant I had to point forward with the right hand (on my laptop), while making the speed of the movie with the left hand. Sentence to sentence. So it would syncronice, which is rather ridiculous. But that's how I did it.
Not even the new Blue-Ray version has no (danish) subtitles, which I think is wrong.
Anyway this movie is so outstanding, that if it would be released with Danish subtitles, I maybe would buy it one more time.
So I will give it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Almost a period piece!
Published 2 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars ... likely to be part of dvd library as a favourite.
Well received - and likely to be part of dvd library as a favourite.
Published 6 days ago by Trudi Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Forward flashes in time spoil and excellent film
An interesting film, reflecting an earlier age. The well-known quotation that the past is a foreign country comes from the book on which this is based. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Excellent version of a wonderful film, which follows the book quite well: I bought blu ray because I wanted to see the Norfolk location s in best definition, an d was well... Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. C. Edrich
4.0 out of 5 stars The past is a foreign country
In The Go-Between,taken from the LP Hartley novel,set at the turn of the 20th century, the narrator,Leo(Michael Redgrave),is an old man,who recalls events during the summer of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect past
I watched this film immediately after reading the book. This was natural enough, but one does tend to compare the two.
I enjoyed the film very much. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pappashanga
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but powerful
I am thankful that my copy did not stick unlike those of some reviewers.
I first saw this when it came out in 1970 .A wonderful film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by simon fielding
2.0 out of 5 stars the go-between DVD
Film fantastic but this edition had faults and kept sticking. I noticed that some other people had also had a problem with this DVD. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ms. E. Bonnin
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality.
The film omits large parts of the novel which are essential to the story.I was very disappointed at such an amateur adaptation.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs.Josephine Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars The Go-Between.
An old favourite. Excellent film. Would highly recommend to everyone. Fast delivery, well packed.

Thank you. It was good to see this old film again.
Published 14 months ago by A. G. Davies
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