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This Happy Breed [Blu-ray] [1944]

Robert Newton , Celia Johnson , David Lean    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, John Mills, Stanley Holloway, Amy Veness
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Noel Coward's celebration of the strength and humour of the British working class in times of crisis struck a resounding impact with viewing audiences when first released, and still does to this day. Chronicling the trials and tribulations of the Gibbons family from the end of World War One, Coward's anthem to British resilience became the most successful film of 1944.

This Happy Breed was David Lean's first credit as a solo director and was the first in a succession of worldwide hits for him and his distinctive visual style. Both Robert Newton and Celia Johnson preside over the ups and downs of their family with great humour and patience, ably supported by John Mills and Stanley Holloway. This is a High Definition digital restoration from the original film elements.

Special Features
[] Commemorative booklet by noted British film historian Neil Sinyard
DISC ONE (Blu-ray)
[] Two trailers
[] Restoration featurette
[] Extensive stills galleries
[] Two South Bank Shows featuring David Lean
[] Original material in PDF format

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For All Collectors 14 May 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great film with first class acting and a gripping story. If you love british films then you will love this film. Shot in South Clapham, London 1944 during WWII this film will delight you with its charm and warmth of a era lost to us all.
If you go looking you can even find the street and house used for this film, took me only two days of research to find the location, which is unchanged to this day except for a few cars.
Great film GET IT. Its a shame that Carlton have deleted it from their DVD list, where is the justice in that, come on Carlton, release this title on DVD and do British Cinema the justice it deserves.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Speckled, muted transfer of a fine film 29 Oct 2007
A wonderful, warm, witty, observant movie made during World War II, which follows the everyday lives of an ordinary family between the two World Wars. Somehow the simple plot manages to encapsulate the British character, particularly their fortitude during lean times and their quiet pleasure in small joys. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Noel Coward, with top-notch acting by the strong cast including Celia Johnson, John Mills and Kay Walsh.

Being raised on 1960's television, I'd previously only known Robert Newton as the bawdy Long John Silver (!) but here he delivers a blinder of a performance as the hardworking, upright and loyal head of the family.

This film is definitely in my Top 10, so it's a great pity that this dvd release by Carlton International is ruined by dreadful speckling and muted colour. I compared it last week to Film Four's current screened version, with its beautiful lush colours and pure picture, and I realised how badly this dvd version rates in the comparison. In my view, save your money and trust that a newer dvd release by another company will do this fine film justice.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film; brilliant Blu-ray 11 July 2012
Annoyingly, Amazon have attached a string of reviews of the substandard DVD to this Blu-ray.

Just to make it clear, the picture quality of this disc is stunning and the sound is perfect and completely in synch. The two episodes of the South Bank Show included as extras are terrific, too: the first, from 1985, juxtaposes an overview of Lean's career with footage of him making his latest (and, as it turned out, last) film A Passage To India and runs an impressive two hours and ten minutes; the second is about Lean's working relationship with the writer Robert Bolt.

This Happy Breed is a terrific film and it's never looked this good in decades. Buy it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality picture in every sense. 23 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've just this minute finished watching it on Blu-ray (it's saturday afternoon - the best time to watch This Happy Breed, in my opinion!) and felt compelled to give it a bit of a review.. In a word, 'outstanding'.
Anyone who's a fan of this film needs to own it in HD, pure and simple. I had no idea the quality of the transfer for a 68 year old film would be this good. The actors' flawless performances and Lean's masterful camera work themselves are a pleasure to watch, but when seen with the incredible amount of detail this release offers, it's an absolute visual feast! The 105 minutes flew by!
I applaud the BFI and The Lean Foundation for giving this gem the treatment it rightfully deserves.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I came across this film by accident one day but what a find! I am so pleased that it has now been released in DVD as it is a great favorite of mine. A wonderful story, by Noel Coward, of family life between the two World Wars. Of men returning to civillian life and the family they left behind. Celia Johnson plays a very good mother and a young John Mills plays the "boy next door". Happy times and sad ones - get your hankies out! A "must" film for any family. Try the Cruel Sea or Dambusters as well.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Drama 13 Sep 2008
By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE
Don't let the b/w sleeve fool you, this film is in colour and the quality has held up fairly well. Where did they find all that colour film in 1944? This must have been regarded as an important national project.

It tells the story of a typical British family between the two world wars. It is almost trying to prepare people for the coming peace, like a reminder that it was not that far away.

Important historical events are weaved into the plot. The victory parades after world war 1, the general strike of 1926, and growing threat of war in the late 30s, are shown with music and fashions and advances in technology (radio, electric light in ordinary homes, talkies etc) contemporary to their time.

Blink and you could miss the one fleeting reference to the abdication of Edward VIII, when mother removes a 1936 calander of him. The event was too fresh to be dealt with fully during the war years.

Celia Johnson takes a good part as the mother. The character is a class or two below her parts in 'Brief Encounter' and 'In Which We Serve', but she seems just as comfortable and convincing here.

Robert Newton as the father displays typical British values of moderation and tolerance. While lecturing his son the night before his marriage, he even countenances the odd discrete affair, should the marriage become stale. What did our grandparents get up to? Perhaps they were not that different to us!

A well watchable movie and an interesting view of social history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Over the moon with this dvd, bought as a christmas gift for my mum.
Published 1 day ago by kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the very best movies of its age
Absolutely marvelous movie one I can watch again and again, one of the very best movies of its age, this is when the story was all ! Read more
Published 13 days ago by frankybabes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought this for someone who saw it years ago, and always wanted it, he wasn't disappointed
Published 24 days ago by Mrs Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film and now in colour
Brilliant film and now in colour....very sad looking at a country that has no identifiable singular culture anymore but here's a record of how life was, great acting and I could... Read more
Published 26 days ago by chronic
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely.
I cant praise this film enough! ...maybe its because im of the older generation, & can relate to the old fashioned values of the 1950s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nanny McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So true to life. It reminded me of my childhood when families stuck together.
Published 1 month ago by karen rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute classic!!!
A truly wonderful British Classic.This is how acting should be.Robert Newton give a superb performance in the leading role,ably supported by Celia Johnson. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. BAYLISS
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely old film
Oldie but goodie !! Disappointed not in black and white but still a must see if you like old films
Published 5 months ago by dee
5.0 out of 5 stars "This Happy Breed" on BLU RAY - Available In Two Place - One With...
David Lean’s 1944 classic starring the incomparable Robert Newton is available on ‘BLU RAY’ in two places – as part of a beautifully presented 4-Disc Box Set in the States or as a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever....
It is a great film,but sadly not shown very often on television. So I had to buy the DVD to watch whenever I like.
Published 6 months ago by Sand North Somerset
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