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Goodbye Mr Chips [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Peter O'Toole , Petula Clark , Herbert Ross    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, George Baker, Siān Phillips
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: James Hilton, Terence Rattigan
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Mort Abrahams
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO3W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,126 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The story of a much-loved schoolteacher through the long years of his tenure at Brookfield the fictional boys' public boarding school where he has taught. 1969 Starring Peter O'Toole Petula Clark Michael Redgrave George Baker and Michael Bryant.

While it might not have been the best idea on earth to remake the 1939 classic Goodbye Mr. Chips as a musical the end result is not altogether displeasing. Peter O'Toole steps into the old Robert Donat role of Arthur Chipping (originally Charles Chipping) a young by-the-book schoolmaster at a 1920s British boys school who is humanized by the love of good-natured music-hall singer Katherine Bridges (played by Petula Clark Greer Garson essayed this role then named Katherine Ellis in the original). Though Chips must endure the tragedy of Katherine's death during the 1940 London blitz (a scene filmed from the bomb's point of view!) he is able to persevere by devoting himself to his young charges. In retrospect this version of Goodbye Mr. Chips might have worked better without the songs which never rise above banality. And though Petula Clark can't match the poignancy of Greer Garson's performance (in all fairness she didn't have much of a script to work with) Peter O'Toole is terrific as the title character convincingly ageing and mellowing as the story unfolds. Originally road-shown at 151 minutes Goodbye Mr. Chips is today generally available in its 131-minute general-release version. ~ Hal Erickson All Movie Guide

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mr Chips - Musical Remake 19 May 2010
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This version of Goodbye Mr Chips (at last available in a Region 2, import version) is one of my favourite films, though it is not particularly faithful to the original story or the first version of the movie. It is, essentially and very simply, a love story. The script is by Terence Rattigan and, interestingly, it comingles the Mr Chips story with elements of Rattigan's own film script of his stage play The Browning Version. Perhaps Chips is sentimentalised in this version of the story but he is played with sensitivity and poignancy by Peter O'Toole. His love interest is here played by Petula Clarke - this role having been significantly revamped by Rattigan and/or the film's producer so that the character is an actress somehwat disenchanted with life upon the wicked stage. I've always been a fan, and she gives a charmingly sincere portrayal of Katherine, filled with humour and warmth, and she sings the songs magically.

The Leslie Bricusse score is, in fact, one of the main reasons why I like this movie and what a relief to be able to sit down, curl up and see the whole thing as it was on its first release and not in one of those edited-for-TV versions in which many of the songs are cut.

Visually, the film is also a treat, though perhaps some of the photography is rather self-consciously beautiful. Somehow, however, the director and cinematographer make you feel the magic of Greece and of falling in love and staying in love. This may not be your cup of tea, but this is one of the most charming and romantic films I know and it has something real to say about the nature of love and relationship.

By the way, Peter O'Toole's real-life wife of the time, Sian Phillips, is high camp and very funny in the role of Katherine's actress friend, Ursula. Her performance is exceptionally good, brilliantly timed, and perfectly placed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "HEADMASTER OF BROOKFIELD" ? 11 Oct 2010
This remake of Goodbye Mr. Chips is really a fine film and is probably one of the most underrated performances from Peter O'Toole.
Based on James Hilton novel about a dowdy school master who eventually finds love. With a script by Terence Rattigan and a musical to boot, it was never really going to fail. This version is set in pre World War II England, and Chips (O'Toole) is accidently thrown together with a musical hall singer Katharine Bridges (Petula Clark). While visiting ancient ruins in Greece they more or less, thanks to Ms. Bridges insistance - cement their friendship.
This relationship cannot work - or can it ? Two people from different worlds and opposite careers, its not going to happen, but happen it does, with Katharine making the first move in what turns out to be one of the best love stories in book form and on screen. Riddled with problems for the couple are sneering, backbiting and eventual blackmail regarding Ms. Bridges troubled past. But love and devotion win out. Watch out for a great character and off the wall role of 'Ursula' portrayed by Sian Philips (once Mrs. O'Toole) Other great notables, Michael Redgrave ,George Baker ,Richard Vernon, Jack Hedley and the great Michael Bryant.

Petula Clark is very charming and funny in her whimsical performance, and her singing is in fine form and is the perfect opposite to O'Toole's dowdy Chips. Peter O'Tooles strives his hand at singing, he more or less narrates his words, and this works too. Yes the story is a little updated and Chips a little more likeable to Hilton's original, but the main story remains loyal - after all 'Chips' just wants to be, and remain a schoomaster. Peter O'Toole was yet again, nominated but stepped over for the oscar for his performance of James Hilton's famous schoolmaster for 1969.

Its great to see this film now released on region 2 at last....You would need to have a heart of stone not to enjoy this gem !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply love this movie 21 Jun 2009
By Helen
Beautiful, lyrical music by Leslie Bricusse - lovely memorable songs - why isn't the composer mentioned in the DVD listing? Inimitable Peter O'Toole simply delightful in Hilton's poignant story of love and loss and survival. I didn't feel the opportunity given for Pet Clarke as a musical comedy stage actress to do stage numbers quite worked but in all other ways she was excellent as the shy middle-aged schoolmaster's ebullient young wife and the catalyst for his sudden rise to immense - deserved of course - popularity.

Setting the story to start just before WW2 and classics teacher Chips to travel to Greece to meet his future wife in a Greek theatre was an effective and undisturbing update of the earlier movie with 30's heart-throb actor Robert Donat whose Oscar-winning Chips meets his wife during a walking tour in the Alps and had the story to go through WW1.

Unmissable, both movies, and I love both the actors, but if I had to keep just one of the movies, it'd be this one. There's another recent version with Martin Clunes - well worth watching and as always with Clunes, very well acted, but it didn't quite catch at my heart as these two earlier versions do. And also there was a stage version starring John Mills for which I found a CD version - also well worth having. I wonder why he didn't get to star in the movie version but I have to admit I'm delighted Peter O'Toole was chosen for this movie.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Squibs
I always enjoy watching this version of Goodbye Mr.Chips but sadly have lost my copy. Although the film is quite dramatic it is also gentle and easy to view. The sensitivity and strength of character that Peter O'Toole and Petula Clarke show towards prejudice and bullying is testament to their great acting skills and that anyone can succeed in the face of adversity.
Also having music to support such a classic story enhances its appeal to many more viewers. I hope I will be able to find another copy soon, preferably on DVD and new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant thank you
Published 9 days ago by Pam Plowman
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Old favourite
Published 1 month ago by LaLa
2.0 out of 5 stars goodbye mr chips dvd (2009)( us import)
the quauilty and sound was not' so good on my" wharfdale 15" dvd tv & quite bad. The" Samsung 32" tv-via a toshiba dvd player was a little better all round but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Howarth
1.0 out of 5 stars Unacceptable DVD
Will have to return this DVD part of it in Chinese and subtitles on it dreadful edition !!! Not HAPPY!!! Not even worth 1 star but had to tick one to be able to submit review. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
This was brought this for my mum, as she loves this film. We were so happy to find this copy and that it plays in English. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss Bagley
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mr Chips
A timeless story beautifully portrayed and the songs are excellent. A real wallow in sentimentality. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten musical
This musical has not been on UK television for many years. I am surprised that it is only available in Region 1 format. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies.
Excellent story with a brillant cast, espically Peter O,Toole, who could ask for more. Fully recommended to all lovers of a GREAT FILMS
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Colin R. Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mr. Chips
My husband called this sentimental rubbish but I remember seeing this years ago and crying all the way home on the bus - buying it again many years later it still made me shed a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Val, hardworking teacher!
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mr Chips
because i love the film,i have been trying to get this film for years
Pat Clark is a wonderful singer.i now have all the makes of this film.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. A. Deer
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