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The Lavender Hill Mob (60th Anniversary Edition) - Digitally Restored [DVD] [1951]

Alec Guinness , Stanley Holloway , Charles Crichton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding
  • Directors: Charles Crichton
  • 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: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QHIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Holland (Alec Guinness), is a shy retiring man who works as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold into France. Soon after, they gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass) and the four plot their crime, unaware of the pitfalls which lie ahead.

An enduring classic from director Charles Crichton, The Lavender Hill Mob features an early screen appearance from Audrey Hepburn and was included on the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 Best British Films of the 20th Century.

Special features:
  • Behind the Scenes stills gallery
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Excerpt from BECTU interview with Charles Crichton
  • Digitally restored trailer
  • Good Afternoon: Mavis interviews TEB Clarke

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Four of the British film industry's best-loved comedies in one box set makes The Ealing Comedy Collection absolutely essential for anyone who has any passion at all for movies. The set contains Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955).

Ealing's greatest comedies captured the essence of post-war Britain, both in their evocation of a land once blighted by war but now rising doggedly and optimistically again from the ashes, and in their mordant yet graceful humour. They portray a country with an antiquated class system whose crumbling conventions are being undermined by a new spirit of individual opportunism. In the delightfully wicked Kind Hearts and Coronets, a serial killer politely murders his way into the peerage; in The Lavender Hill Mob a put-upon bank clerk schemes to rob his employers; The Man in the White Suit is a harshly satirical depiction of idealism crushed by the status quo; while The Ladykillers mocks both the criminals and the authorities with its unlikely octogenarian heroine Mrs "lop-sided" Wilberforce.

Many factors contribute to the success of these films--including fine music scores from composers such as Benjamin Frankel (Man in the White Suit) and Tristram Cary (The Ladykillers); positively symphonic sound effects (White Suit); marvellously evocative locations (the environs of King's Cross in Ladykillers, for example); and writing that always displays Ealing's unique perspective on British social mores ("All the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period")--yet arguably their greatest asset is Alec Guinness, whose multifaceted performances are the keystone upon which Ealing built its biting, often macabre, yet always elegant comedy.

On the DVD: The Ealing Comedy Collection presents the four discs in a fold-out package with postcards of the original poster artwork for each. Aside from theatrical trailers on each disc there are no extra features, which is a pity given the importance of these films. The Ladykillers is in muted Technicolor and presented in 1.66:1 ratio, the three earlier films are all black and white 1.33:1. Sound is perfectly adequate mono throughout. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 July 2014
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Bought as a present but we both enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic. 7 Oct 2013
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Saw it many years ago and always remembered the bomb sites in London, and, of course the great interaction between Guiness and Holloway. Actually made before I was born. Unlike some films I'm sure I will watch it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars t 3 Oct 2013
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it just a good funny film, pity about the ending, so what can I say, it was very good. ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britain as it was 13 Mar 2013
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what a lovely film only downside is that I remember and prefer the black and white version . All the cast are top notch with a special mention of Hubert Lomm who passed away recently. A great film.
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