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Hobson's Choice - 60th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1954]


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  • Actors: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda De Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Producers: David Lean
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IIK6C7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Henry Horatio Hobson (Academy Award-Winner Charles Laughton) is the owner of a well established boot shop in nineteenth century Salford, Lancashire and the father of three daughters. The oldest, Maggie (Brenda de Banzie), shoulders both home and business responsibilities while Hobson whiles the time away at the local pub. The younger sisters are both being courted by neighbours, but Hobson refuses to give the couples settlements. Maggie becomes tired of his oafish behaviour and decides to take matters into her hands by seeking a husband.

Much to the hilarity and consternation of her father, aged spinster Maggie sets her sights on shy Will Mossop (John Mills), Hobson’s master boot-maker. Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion, but eventually agrees to Maggie’s authoritative persuasion, and together they set up a rival boot shop. A timeless masterpiece that marked a temporary return to David Lean’s period adaptations of Dickens (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist). The film went on to win multiple awards.

This film has been digitally restored to its former glory.

Extras:

New and exclusive interviews with Prunella Scales and screenwriter Norman Spencer

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnny D on 23 July 2010
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Until I watched the DVD last night, I hadn't seen this film since it first came out back in the 1950s. I had always remembered it as a brilliant film and the DVD did not disappoint. This is a delightful film and a classic of the British cinema. Charles Laughton and John Mills, and indeed all the main players, are on excellent form. The film has been subject to restoration and the restorers have done a first-rate job. The picture is very sharp and the sound is very clear. In addition, it has the benefit of subtitles. A great film all round. I'm just surprised we don't see more of it on TV from time to time.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By the antiquary on 29 Aug. 2009
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One word times three, perfect, perfect, perfect. What I tell you three times is true. If you have any doubts, dispel them now and buy this, it's v. funny, charming, an unbridled pleasure; the best investment you'll make in a DVD for many a year.

If your image of old fims is of some stiff in a suit speaking posh to some wet bint reclining on a sofa then watch this and be amazed. The film is a character-led comedy about the aspirational working class, not drawing-room drama.

Being northern and old enough to have had grandparents with the same attitudes I can tell you that the characters are spot-on. John Mills is a chameleon, nothing less than ideal, and the rest of the cast match him. Especially Charles Laughton and the eldest daughter, completely inhabiting their roles which, along with the production's sets, suck you into the late Victorian provincial world.

Hobson's Choice has been carefully restored, the picture is a picture of clarity.

You can take your Dark Knights and 300s and stuff 'em - this has pride of place on my mantlepiece now.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Big Al on 28 Nov. 2008
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This is a wonderful warm funny film from the days of the British film industry,when they didnt bother about appealing to a foriegn market they just made great films and put them out.Directed by David Lean and starring Charles Laughton as a fat bossy father of 3 daughters who is at a loss when his eldest daughter decides to marry one of his employees.Apart from a protracted drunken sequence the film skips along with sparkling dialogue and a great comic turn from John Mills as the hapless bootboy chosen by Brenda De Banzie to be her husband.I must have watched this film a dozen times or more over the years and cannot reccomend it more highly.Buy it and enjoy!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Archbold Jake VINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2010
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Hobson's Choice [DVD] [1953]

Forget that this is a film of a stage-play. It stands in its own right as a classic piece of its own time. It is a comedy of note and one which I find myself able to watch time and time again.

Charles Laughton plays Hobson, the owner of a shoe-shop/cobblers. He is a man of position in the locality, but is also a drunk. He is not only drinking away the profits of the business, but he is losing custom fast.

As a father he looks on his eldest daughter Maggie (Brenda de Banzie)as a skivvy. Being the oldest and least likely to be married off of his three daughters, she seems to be trapped into a lifteime of servitude to her father. Hobson employs a boot boy, Will Mossop (John Mills) who is very definitely 'downstairs' - literally, in the sense that he makes boots in the basement of the shop. Will, however, is the rising star and it is his ability as a boot-maker which keeps customers coming back.

Maggie is determined to break out of her virtual enslavement and sets her sights on Will. She has a strong character and 'leads' Will into marriage. Hobson resents the upstart, makes this plain and this inevitably leads to him getting rid of Mossop - the only real asset of his shop. The bootboy and his new wife now have no choice but to set up shop on their own.

The rest of the film is devoted to the rise of Mossop and the decline of Hobson.

The film was released in 1953 in black and white and was directed by David Lean with small supporting parts for Prunella Scales Richard Wattis and John Laurie. Although Laughton gets the biggest credit for the film, in my opinion, Mills deserves the accolade for a finely observed character performance.

It is a classic not to be missed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2011
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The story opens in Victorian England, where Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a wealthy boot shop owner, despite being a selfish blowhard and a drunkard who spends his days and nights at the pub. When he tells his smart, spinster daughter (Brenda de Banzie) that she's too old to marry, she takes matters into her own hands and marries an unlikely candidate (John Mills).

This is an absolutely delightful movie with endearing characters, a funny plot, and witty dialogue and it was directed by David Lean. Laughton is very good as the blustering father, but Brenda de Banzie steals the show. She plays a strong-willed, ahead-of-her-time woman who knows what she wants and goes after it, despite the social pressures of the day. John Mills gives a sweet performance as the oafish boot hand who grows into a confident and loving businessman.

The recreation of a Victorian town is complete and the costumes are lovely. This is an old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable movie that will leave you wondering why they don't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended.
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