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The Ladykillers (The Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]

Alec Guinness , Cecil Parker , Otto Heller    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green
  • Directors: Otto Heller
  • Producers: Tristram Cary
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9Z0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Although you never really fear for Mrs "lop-sided" Wilberforce or General Gordon (her parrot) in The Ladykillers, the criminal gang who come to stay are clearly dangerous. Alec Guinness is extraordinary as the buck-toothed mastermind, and once the hijacked lolly is stowed in their digs it's a joy to watch him scheme to eliminate the other crooks and abscond with it all. Herbert Lom's thuggishness, Peter Seller's nervy twitching, and Danny Green's lumbering cloddishness are a treat, but are wickedly done away with one by one under cover of locomotive smoke plumes. So many set-pieces make this a classic: sending the landlady to collect the stolen money at the station, Frankie Howerd's boisterous fruit seller cameo, and keeping alive the idea that the gang's a musical troupe with a penchant for Boccherini and Haydn. Some inspired set design and camera work even add an expressionistic quality. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

Classic Ealing comedy in which a group of bank robbers struggle to silence the eccentric old lady who discovers their crime. Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) lives alone in King's Cross with her parrots. She has been led to believe that the group of men renting rooms from her, Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), the Major (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green), are classical musicians. However, when one of the group's cases gets caught in the door and opens to reveal, not a musical instrument, but a plethora of banknotes, the virtuous Mrs Wilberforce vows to go to the police with the identities of the men. The criminals agree that the old lady has to be killed to silence her, but will this be as straightforward as it sounds?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure matinee genius 23 Sep 2011
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this film will be on my dvd player forever, i watch it every month or so, best ever british movie, sellers, guinness, lom, parker and mr. danny green, little miss lop sidey, katie johnson, are the best laugh you will ever have, plus old london scenes, buy this and keep a spare copy in the cupboard, best of british here....ever,
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE BLURAY NO EXTRAS AT ALL 16 Oct 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great film,nice transfer to Blu-ray,though on this edition you only
get the Feature film,NO EXTRAS.
This is for the Standard Blu-ray case edition.

For extras you have to buy the previous release
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tea, buns and murder 1 Dec 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"The Ladykillers" has stood up well to the ravages of time and although I have not seen the recent Hollywood remake , I am sure this original is much better. The film is sinister, atmospheric yet humourous; the criminal gang never really appear menacing despite their malevolent intentions towards their elderly landlady ,Mrs Wilberforce, with Alec Guinness playing the leading role as a criminal mastermind who,as part of his cunning plan,deliberately makes the old lady an unwitting accessory to a large robbery. I liked the film primarily because of it's unusual plot, rich characterisation and excellent acting. However the atmospheric locations also help to make "The Ladykillers" a memorable film ,especially Mrs Wilberforce's wonderful subsiding house perched high above a busy railway line. The presence of steam trains in the film is not only central to the plot ,but also helps to create a sense of motion, danger and uncertainty and adds significantly to the charm and attractiveness of this entertaining black comedy.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
When I first saw "The Ladykillers" in its supposed 'restored' state a few years back on DVD, I was a little under whelmed. It still seemed very washed out to me. But I'm thrilled to report that this February 2010 Studio Canal Collection BLU RAY completely changes that.

Given what they had to work with (a very corroded print covered in stuck-on hairs, fingerprints, scratch lines, blemishes in the negative, double-imaging of colour) - the result is little short of miraculous. It isn't picture-perfect for sure and some scenes still have corrosion and blocking in them, but mostly it's a massive improvement. Finally the BLU RAY format has brought out all that detailed restoration work - and it's the very best I've ever seen this beloved British classic look. The extras are superlative too - generous and hugely informative.

Details first...

Country choices in set-up are: Australia, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, UK, USA and Japan

Overdubbed Languages are: French, German and Castellano (no subtitles available)

The Extras are:
1. Introduction by Terry Gilliam (a short & affectionate appraisal)
2. Commentary by Philip Kemp (a feature-length commentary by this noted expert that is full of superb detail and anecdotes - by far the best extra on here)
3. "Forever Ealing" Documentary (2002, voiced by Daniel Day-Lewis, features contributions from Colin Firth, John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and many others)
4. Interview With Allan Scott (Screenwriter/Producer, superb comments on MacKendrick's directing techniques, plot structures, uses of colour etc)
5. Cleaning Up "The Ladykillers" (original versus restored split screen shots - no dialogue)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Darkness (Comedy Division) 16 Sep 2010
"Kind Hearts and Coronets," "The Ladykillers," "Monsieur Verdoux," and "Unfaithfully Yours" form the dark crown of black comedy on film. Only the last is American. Grim hilarity seems to be a particularly British specialty.

Reading through a lengthy series (49 as I write this) of Amazon US reviews is often rewarding. In this case the great majority of those who write of this film lavish praise on the cast and plot. A substantial sub-class of reviewers felt it necessary to denounce the recent remake with Tom Hanks. (And quite right they were, too!) One reviewer praised the film and then gave a miserly single star in what must have been sheer error.

A single reviewer despised the film for its slow pace. In a brisk 91 minutes "The Ladykillers" offers the planning of a heist, its execution and the crumbling of all criminal expectations, along with the increasingly ironic deaths of five crooks. As Basil Fawlty might ask, what more does the reviewer want--herds of wildebeest rushing across the plains while Krakatoa explodes in the background?

A few reviewers noted that Alec Guinness was doing a masterly imitation of the great Alistair Sim. On that point, I have always wondered why Ealing didn't just cast Sim in the role in the first place. Sim starred in a deliciously black little comedy called "The Green Man" in which he played a master assassin foiled by a witless door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. "The Green Man" misses the exalted status of the films listed at the beginning of this piece by the narrowest of margins. Sim was also in "The School for Scoundrels," of course, but that small gem is just a little too cheery for true black comedy.

There are excellent summaries of the plot and insightful commentaries on the actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
had to have this classic
Published 16 days ago by sunbeam
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best
What a classic film, there is not a lot to say about this film except that it is an essential purchase, if you want the extras then get this version but you can get a bare bones... Read more
Published 22 days ago by P. Sweeting
5.0 out of 5 stars The Signal Changes
A slice of comic, satirically perfect British life; better too because it's so weirdly unique. The plot is beautifully crafted; characterization is not subtle but brilliantly... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars Ladykillers
An old film that I first saw in our school Film Society about 55 years ago. I wanted to see it again, and was not disappointed. I shall watch it again in the future.
Published 1 month ago by John W.
5.0 out of 5 stars where to begin...
This film has suspense, robbery, murder, and a lot of humour. A criminal gang set to stage a robbery and make the perfect get away, but they didn't count on Mrs Lop-sided!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs M.
4.0 out of 5 stars no English subtitles ????
Strange , no English or italian subtitles , Italy is getting less and less important LOL , Strange , is there any edition with English subtitles ?
Published 4 months ago by Boaz Senator
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film
Great film - great names and excellent value for money!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for a good buy
Published 4 months ago by sandra willsher
5.0 out of 5 stars an English Classic
Alec Guinness and four crooked companions in crime, pretending to be a string quartet, rent a bedroom from an innocent old lady to secretly make their plans to rob a bank . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger Asquith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the West End version
I wanted to see the film after seeing the West End version. I was a bit disappointed by the film and definitely preferred the play.
Published 5 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reproduction of an old film.
This was clearer than I remember the original one on tape to have been. It was pure nostalgia and wonderful to see the way of life over 60 years ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DawnRosa
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