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Man In The White Suit [1951] [Blu-ray]

Alec Guinness , Joan Greenwood , Alexander Mackendrick    To Be Announced   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Michael Gough
  • Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LU8NY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Ealing Comedy--cosy, gentle and whimsical, right? In this case, think again. Alexander Mackendrick was always the most politically aware of the Ealing directors, and in The Man in the White Suit he takes the studio's favourite theme of the little man up against the system and gives it a sharp satirical twist. Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness at his most unworldly), a maverick scientist working in a Northern textile mill, invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. He's hailed as a genius--until management and unions alike realise what his brainwave implies.

Mackendrick's humour is exact and pointed, and the satire turns savage as a lynch mob of bosses and workers hunt Sidney down through dark narrow streets. Mackendrick's disenchanted view of hidebound, class-ridden British society still rings horribly true, and he draws note-perfect performances from the cream of British character actors: Cecil Parker as the liberal mill-owner (based it's said, on Ealing boss Michael Balcon); Ernest Thesiger as the evil old godfather of the industry; and, wittily sensual as Sidney's confidante, the ever-wonderful Joan Greenwood. Plus, listen out for the "voice" of Sidney's bizarre apparatus, the funniest and most unforgettable sound effect ever devised. --Philip Kemp

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of one of Ealing's greatest directors: Alexander Mackendrick, STUDIOCANAL are releasing the restored version of the DVD and the first ever blu-ray of The Man In The White Suit Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker. Ealing Studios' output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. It fostered great directors such as Alexander Mackendrick and Robert Hamer, while giving stars such as Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers the chance to shine. Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), a humble inventor, develops a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out. This would seem to be a boon for mankind, but the established garment manufacturers don't see it that way; they try to suppress it. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Man in the White Suit ( El hombre del traje blanco ) (Blu-Ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 studio canal blu-ray 23 Nov 2012
By gerrard
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
brilliant picture quality,the before and after restoration feature on this disc shows what a great job was done on this.there are english subtitles and a short documentary about the film plus a trailer so not much in the way of extras but the film itself looks as good as Kind Hearts and Coronets.full marks studio canal and lets hope they continue to release more of the Ealing films to this high standard.of course the film and alec guinness' performance are very enjoyable but then when has alec ever been anything other than great?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine weave 29 Oct 2009
This comedy caper from the Ealing Studios has a terrific cast running amok through a suitably wacky story - but, best of all, it is carried off with gusto and stage conviction, beautifully knit together by craftsman-director Alex MacKendrick. Alec Guinness fans will not be disappointed, and Joan Greenwood shows once more why 'tis more the pity she did not do a greater number of screen rolls. Thoroughly good fun, with some serious themes intermixed. Only the print is showing a little instability...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ealing Adventure. 10 Feb 2007
Alec Guinness is brilliant as Sidney Stratton, slightly madcap scientist it seems specializing in fabrics?. The farcical elements of the story don't matter much though, in many ways it all adds to the charm. I'm sure this film is well on the way to being remade/ruined. I haven't seen the Ladykillers remake but even a small clip from it showed Tom Hanks with a totally unconvincing English accent. Surely if Ealing films are going to be remade can't we at least drum up some good young British actors/actresses to play the leads?. There's plenty about at the moment. The film's 85 minutes whizz past and the end credits are rolling before any hint of boredom can set in. The film seems to be very well paced, with guinness convincingly playing the hounded scientist with a top secret and also a slapstick clown [ the scene were he's trying to get into his bosses house is classic farce.] In films today these kind of scenes would be cut as they perhaps don't progress the story. Although the plot is nonsense and the science seems very creaky even from a future perspective, its great fun anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 19 July 2009
It's hard to use words that have not been aired before. It's difficult to say that its anything other than a British classic out of Ealing Studios with the irrepressible Sir Alec.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guinness at his comic best 16 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Alec Guinness displays all his comic genius in this Alexander Mackendrick saga of dirty dealings up at t' mill. The special effects of the mad scientist's machinery and sound effects are exceptionally good for their time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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To my surprise, the Blu-ray does not look as good as the Anchor Bay DVD from the states. They have remarkably similar detail, but the DVD (to my surprise) his better in that is has fewer overly-bright scenes, no wavering of the brightness, fewer scratches -- really a better picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beleaguered Entrepreneur 29 Oct 2012
This 1951 Ealing film directed by Alexander MacKendrick was his second feature (following the equally outstanding Whisky Galore!) and is another brilliantly observant comedy, principally presenting a tale of good, honest fun, but also with some insightful, satirical intent. MacKendrick, who co-wrote the screenplay with Roger MacDougall (whose stage play was the basis for the film), creates a nicely authentic Northern industrial feel for his comic tale, with many sharp touches depicting the antagonism between exploitative bosses and the unionised labour force, together with atmospherically shot industrial landscapes and factory interiors, courtesy of regular Ealing cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.

Alec Guinness stars once again in an Ealing film (in a role which, along with that in The Lavender Hill Mob, is my favourite of his in this genre), this time as Cambridge chemistry guru and entrepreneur, Sidney Stratton, who finds himself 'working undercover' on an illicit, and secret, invention in the research lab of a Northern textile mill. Resigning from his post at one mill (having just avoided detection), Sidney re-emerges at competitor mill, Birnley's, where his boss, Alan Birnley (played with trademark authority by Cecil Parker) finally accepts that Sidney's invention of an everlasting, dirt-repellent fibre could spell the end of his competitor manufacturers. MacKendrick's film is full of delightful moments of comedy, as the mill bosses attempt to get to the bottom of Sidney's scheming, eventually suffering repeated explosions as Stratton's experiments go awry.

Guinness is outstanding as the geeky academic Stratton, whose mastery of polymerisation of amino acid residues and long chain molecules is at the expense of any notion of common sense.
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A real blast from the past ,-this one!
I enjoyed seeing this movie again, Sir Alec Guiness is wonderful as the "mad" scientist who comes up with a fabric that never stains, never wears out, and never wrinkles.A good addition to my collection of Ealing comedies.{Reworked into DVDs]
Great fun!
Maia Russell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Guinness!
Poor Sir Alec was afraid he'd be remembered only for Star Wars.
Not with movies like this one!

An absolute joy of a film and an Ealing Studios Classic, in every... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Troy F.
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, Watchable, Great Premise
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A clasic old film, now available on DVD.
I purchased this old favourite to show my eighteen year old lad a bit of a taste of how old Lancashire looked before it all got... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by DAVEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy
I got the product at a reasonal price, in quality condition and on time. I was totally satisfied with the transaction.
Published on 12 July 2011 by Ian Bell
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