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Joseph Losey Collection [DVD]

Dirk Bogarde , Stanley Baker , Joseph Losey    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Alain Delon, John Drew Barrymore
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Writers: Joseph Losey, Alun Owen, Carl Foreman, Harold Buchman, Hugo Butler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 739 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00166MB6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Collection of seven classic films from acclaimed director Joseph Losey. In 'The Go-Between' (1970), a young teenage boy, Leo (Dominic Guard), is invited to a wealthy school friend's rich family estate and then drawn into a love affair between his friend's 20-something sister, Marian (Julie Christie), and the family neighbour, Ted Burgess (Alan Bates), even though Marian is engaged to be married. She uses Leo as a go-between, sending messages to her lover. Despite feeling he is betraying her fiance, Hugh (Edward Fox), Leo carries on being the messenger boy and discovers more about the attraction between men and women along the way. In 'The Servant' (1963), James Fox plays a wealthy American who has escaped from his homeland in the wake of Communist paranoia. He returns to England from a holiday in Europe, buys a handsome Georgian townhouse and employs Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as a house-keeper. However, Hugo becomes steadily more pervasive and manages to engineer a role-reversal which results in him achieving control of his master. In 'Accident' (1967), two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor's house. The lecturer, Stephen (Bogarde), finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meetings. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a Sunday dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out from the relationship. In 'The Criminal' (1960), during his three years in prison, Johnny Bannion (Stanley Baker) has been devising his next robbery - the biggest of his career. Once out of prison he pulls off the heist and buries the money, but is arrested before he can tell of its whereabouts to the rest of the gang. The gang eventually springs him from jail, but makes a mistake that means they may never see the money at all. In 'Eva' (1962), a Welsh novelist (Baker) falls in love with Eva (Jeanne Moreau), a scheming, gold-digging femme fatale. Realising that Eva will never love him, the novelist marries beautiful Francesca (Virna Lisi), who in turn loses her will to live when she discovers her husband's secretly harboured desires. In 'Mr Klein' (1976), while the Nazis are busy deporting French Jews from occupied France, Parisian art dealer Mr Klein (Alain Delon) discovers that he has a Jewish counterpart with the same name, for whom he is mistaken. As he becomes more involved with his alter ego's identity, Mr Klein puts himself at considerable risk. Finally, in 'The Sleeping Tiger' (1954), psychiatrist Clive Desmond (Alexander Knox) brings a criminal (Bogarde) into his home as an Pygmalion-type experiment, after he catches him red-handed. But the psychiatrist's well-meaning plan backfires when his bored wife, Glenda (Alexis Smith), begins to fall for the thief.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a quite original collection of british cinema. 18 Sep 2011
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first of all, i do not quite know what a previous reviewer of this dvd set was worried about. my box set of these 8 joseph losey films plays very well on my dvd player and the sound and picture quality are both very good.
for my money the films "accident," "the criminal," and "the servant" are the best in this set. there is some outstanding writing and acting to be seen. however, i wouldn't say that the other films in this collection are bad as such, they just aren't my sort of thing. in my opinion, stanley baker and dirk bogarde give the most effective performances and as a big fan of stanley baker, it gives me great pleasure to see that more of his films are finally being released on dvd. he is one actor who should not be forgotten.
i didn't realise until i played the different discs that there are quite a few special features included, including trailers, documentaries and featurettes that cover most of the films and some of the people involved in front of and behind the cameras.
it is good to see that the dvds are securely packaged in different cases which i am sure, will reduce the chances of the discs becoming scratched.
in all these films, there is a strong sense of gritty realism and also some quite original storylines. it is thanks to the likes of joseph losey that british cinema was taken to an entirely different level, in the ways of film-making in general.
it beggars belief how america could treat one of their own subjects the way they did as it was a considerable loss to them that britain was able to secure the services of one of the greatest film-makers of all time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality at an Good Price 11 Jan 2012
The collection comprises the following films: The Big Night, Sleeping Tiger, The Criminal, Eva, The Servant, Accident, The Go-Between, and Mr. Klein. I regard it as excellent value for money entertainment, and The Servant as one of the most entertaining films I think I have ever seen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing Losey 17 April 2012
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Surely one of the most under-rated film directors of all time.
This superb value box set contains the magnificent "The Servant" with its sublime portrayal of the sleazy, manipulative manservant who completely overturns his (supposed) master's life, and the unforgettable Kafkaesque masterpiece (in French) "M. Klein", starring Alain Delon.
But it's difficult to pick out a favourite here. Every film in this set is powerful in its own right, with sterling performances from Bogarde and Delon but also other actors who have long slipped into obscurity - e.g. the ever-charismatic Stanley Baker, showing off his versatility here in different roles...
And then unforgettable portraits of an era when British society was changing beyond measure.
All under Losey's masterful, confident eye and hand. Striking, lingering images, original scores, and powerful scripts.
A must-have introduction to this too often neglected director.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one off 1 April 2011
I already knew several of the better known films and wished to be reacquainted with them but was not prepared for Mr Klein which I found simply fascinating. Quite the best performance from Delon I have yet seen playing a strangely unsympathetic yet mesmerising individual. Sleeping Tiger came a close second, what a wonderful actor Bogarde was with such depths that Losey plumbed so successfully. My third surprise was Eva with Baker playing the usual abrasive, chip on the shoulder character which he played a little too often but this film was again hypnotic with everything going down hill and no one doing anything to stop it. That and the strange unclear conclusion to virtually all the stories makes Losey a terrible cynical observer of relationships. Makes you wonder what his own were like! All highly watchable and very good value.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value. 31 Oct 2012
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Joseph Losey was one of the great directors, and he had a hard life - and it's true to say that, sadly, he saw the great renown that accumulated around him from the late 1950s through to the start of the 1970s eventually evaporate. By the time of his death in 1984, he was, in the film industry's eyes, a largely forgotten figure who hadn't had a box-office hit in years. This eight-film box-set goes a long way to restoring Losey's reputation, making available in one package such hugely influential and impressive films as "The Servant", "Accident", "Eve" and "The Go-Between", as well as the less widely-known, but quite brilliant "The Criminal" and "M. Klein" (Losey's first French-language film). The two other films are a real rarity item from Losey's Hollywood days, "The Big Night" - which turns out to be extremely good - and his first British film, "The Sleeping Tiger". This movie has a few problems, it must be admitted - the script isn't right, the restrictions imposed by the Censor are damaging, Dirk Bogarde is rather too old for his role (the Albert Finney of "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning" would have been just right) - and yet it's far above the average for a British melodrama of the mid-50s. All in all, this is a box-set of real value.
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