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An Inspector Calls [DVD]

Alastair Sim , Arthur Young , Guy Hamilton    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alastair Sim, Arthur Young, Jane Wenham, Brian Worth, Eileen Moore
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Desmond Davis, J.B. Priestley
  • Producers: A.D. Peters
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001P044Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When a young girl is murdered a Police Inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each one of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her murder. Alastair Sim stars in this classic drama.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Play, Brilliantly Presented 27 Mar 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First let me correct a major error in the synopsis. The girl is not murdered but commits suicide, a fact stated in almost the first minute of the film and never in question. But because the ending is itself both surprising and thought provoking I shall say no more about the story.

But I will say that it is no hyperbole to describe this film as one of the best ever made. J. B. Priestley seems to translate rather well onto the screen (were I to be reviewing Last Holiday with Alec Guiness I would be very nearly as complimentary, and certainly awarding 5 stars), and in my judgement the way that the capabilities of film have been used to bring the dead girl to life are an improvement. That said, I must add that some friends who saw the play at the theatre before they saw this film have said that they preferred the stage version. As it happens, I saw the film before I saw the play at the theatre and, for all that the theatrical performance was first rate, I prefer the film.

I don't think that Alastair Sim was capable of making a film that was less than excellent, but, just as with Green for Danger - another quite outstanding 5 star film in my opinion - the role of a police inspector brings out the best in him. The main supporting cast are also excellent: the pompous and unfeeling parents, the sensitive children prepared to learn from their mistakes, and the daughter's shallow fiance. The sound and picture are as good as a film of its age could be.

Summarising, this is a DVD that every film fan should have in his collection.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, thought provoking and eerie 6 April 2005
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There couldn't have been a better inspector, than the brilliant Alastair Sim and a supporting cast of fine, talented actors, makes the story that much more convincing. The entire film, from start to finish, leaves nothing to the imagination. It is a masterpiece! The upper class family, convinced that they are of a better status than those not so fortunate. Doing what they can to convince themselves that they have done no wrong, yet their consciences are awakened, when the eerie, calm and knowledgeable inspector enters.
The story flows smoothly; first one, then another, then the entire family gathering, are given an insight into their behaviour and attitude towards those less fortunate than themselves. It is a fascinating insight into the debauch behaviour of the "haves", towards the "have nots". As relevant today as it was then!
It says much about us all! An absolute must see; I've been waiting for years for this film to be released!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, fab and fab again! 22 April 2011
By fuzzy
Format:DVD
I first watched this film as a teenager during my English G.C.S.E and loved it. Highly recommended, great acting and a twist at the end worthy of a Tales of the Unexpected episode!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Version of a J B Priestley Play 21 April 2010
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I love old, black and white movies and I am facsinated by the development of drama and dramatic writing in the twentieth century. An Inspector Calls has in recent years been seen in a much-lauded, much awarded theatre production directed by Stephen Daldry which is, yet again, undergoing a revival in the UK as I write. This is indeed a unique and imaginative restaging of Pristley's play but, in my view it overlays the original with many intrusive elements. This filmed version is beautifully and simply done and is an authentic version (even though to some degree an adaptation) of Priestley's play. To some contemporary viewers it may seem old-fashioned, but it is strong on narrative, the story moves forward swiftly, and the acting is exceptionally detailed and controlled. Some performances may seem hoaky by the standards of today, but this in itself is fascinating - and one performance, that of Jane Wenham as the girl everyone else has had a relationship of some kind with, stands out as an exceptional film performance. Also, if you are a fan of Alistair Sim, this film contains one of his best performances.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eery, haunting, masterful and a must watch. 15 Mar 2004
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Alastair Sim is at his very best, playing the ghostly inspector, interviewing an upper-class family, in pre-First World War England. His masterful acting, combined with a brilliant cast and a script that is extremely believable, ensures that this gripping film holds the viewer's attention, right from start to finish, with that little extra susprise at the conclusion!

I do very much admire Bryan Forbes' portrayal of the alcoholic, uppper-class "boy" ("but he's only a boy", as his mother assures the inspector), while the father is absolutely convinced there won't be a war (perhaps he also believed the Titanic was unsinkable).

Each of the family has a story to tell about how their debauch, aristocratic lives affected a young girl; a girl who was seen as no more than a nuisance and a lower class worker, with no rights and no class. They claim the moral high ground, while their money supports their lifestyle of carefree, happy and irresponsible simplicity; they have wealth and status! The poor girl, eventually, dies under tragic and dubious circumstances and so it is that the eerie inspector calls on the upper-class family. Will his questioning reveal the truth? What IS the truth? Wait until the conclusion to find out and make up your own mind!

Even those that are not inclined to the quality of classic, British films, will find this a story that will command their attention and leave them wanting more!

I have been waiting for a long time, to add this brilliant film to my collection. I am extremely glad to see it is, at long last, being re-released.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent Sim at his best.
Published 1 day ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another classic.
Published 4 days ago by Giblet and Gimlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for GCSE English
A super but brilliantly old-fashioned film!

A simple and cost effective way to bring the play & characters to life! Definately helpful for GCSE English!
Published 13 days ago by MEM
3.0 out of 5 stars An Inspector Calls
Watched my DVD and I must say that is not what I expected. I found it a bit boring. I love mysteries but this movie did not hold my interest. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jacquelene Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
I ordered this as I'm an Alistair Sim fan, and this is one of the best "serious" films he made .. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
Purchased this for my daughter's English GCSE but I have watched it twice and really enjoyed it. Alastair Sim is especially good.
Published 1 month ago by C. E. Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars The inspector will see you now....
A charming b+w film version of the stage play that I have used with students. Alistair Sim is a consummate, if softly spoken, Inspector who arrives to shake up the middle-class... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Parkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for school
This was bought for GCSE English at school. The subject is really not one which interest Andrew but we were pleased with the purchase.
Published 1 month ago by A Coyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Priestley’s Powerful Morality Tale
This 1954 film version, directed by Guy Hamilton, of J P Priestley’s powerful play of the same name – an indictment of early 20th century British class structure (and associated... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for GCSE's.
We bought this for our teenage son,who is about to sit his English literature GCSE, and is studying An Inspector Calls. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete.
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