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The Amazing Mr. Blunden [DVD] [1972]

Laurence Naismith , Lynne Frederick    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Laurence Naismith, Lynne Frederick, Erik Chitty, Diana Dors, David Lodge
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089AT9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Supernatural children's feature. Near destitute after the death of her husband, a widow and her young children are approached by an elderly and mysterious solicitor, Mr. Blunden (Laurence Naismith), who asks the family to become the caretakers of a derelict, partly fire-damaged country mansion. The family takes up the offer and shortly after moving into a small cottage on the mansion's estate the youngsters, Jamie (Gary Miller) and Lucy (Lynne Frederick), meet up with a pair of ghosts, Sara (Rosalyn Landor) and Georgie (Marc Granger), two children who were killed in the fire at the mansion one hundred years ago.


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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to UK edition 12 July 2009
By AJ
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was looking to get hold of this classic film, but didn't want to pay £70 for a UK edition, especially one which used a poor NTSC American transfer. Tracked down this German import, and the print used seems to be from a totally different source, the image quality is far nicer as a result.It's not perfect by any means, but the outdoor scenes don't suffer colour bleeding like the UK Anchor Bay editions. The default language is German, but it also plays in English without subtitles. There are no extra features and the cover is all in German, but this is currently the best quality version available, better picture and cheaper than the now out of print UK edition.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving out of the shadow... 13 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
Out of the same stable as 1970's 'The Railway Children' this film has long lived in the earlier's shadow - rarely receiving a UK television outing. This is - very much - unfair as in many ways it's a much superior film. A ghost-story for intelligent children (and adults!), it oozes period charm like its elder sibling and boasts performances as strong, if not stronger.
Lynne Frederick and Garry Miller are convincing as the children called to travel back in time to save two other children from a gruesome death. Rosalyn Landor, well suited to the Empire-line, is charming as the elder of the two ghosts and Laurence Naismith as the solicitor with the tormented soul is powerful and moving. Watch out especially for the scene where he leads Miller up the stairs, suffering the pain of a century's folly, to make good his earlier, fatal, error of judgement. Powerful stuff.
Diana Dors comes of age as a character actress here, too, and this is a must-see for all her fans.
The twist-in-the-tale ending has often been done since, but rarely any better, and still leaves the viewer who has soul with a warm glow and a tear in his eye. Thirty-one years has been too long a wait for the opportunity to own this film.
Buy it, lock yourself away one Sunday afternoon and wallow. It's beautiful and it's worth it.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING 30 Jun 2003
Format:DVD
having first watched this film as a child when i was ill one winter, i have been captivated by it ever since, simply one of the best films i have ever seen, and almost 30 years later i have a chance to own it for ever.
Daina Dors is superb as the wicked stepmother and the supporting cast especially Laurence Naismith are all fantastic.
the whole film has a charm and pathos that is rarely seen these days, and that is all the more pity.
i reccommed this film wholeheartedly, perfect for a rainy sunday afternoon, curled up in front of a roaring fire, and let yourself be transported back in time with the children in the adventure.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long overdue release of a classic! 19 Oct 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this film at the cinema in 1972, and thought at the time it was the best film I'd ever seen - in fact I watched it twice that day! Now, all these years later it's still one of my all-time favorites.
Directed by Lionel Jeffries as a follow-up to his very successful 'Railway Children' movie 2 years' before it is also an English period film, but this time with very a clever plot concerning time travel and ghosts - with some very engaging performances.
He directs a first-class film despite obvious budget restrictions, and it seems a pity this movie wasn't so well-received at the box-office as his previous film.
There is excellent brooding atmosphere about the derelict mansion the family are mysteriously hired to caretake by the Amazing Mr Blunden - he has placed them there in order to right a terrible wrong of 100 years' past.
The suspense builds up to an exciting climax with the terrible fire of 100 years before played out again - and we are left to wonder if history really has been changed this time.
The music score is fantastic too - one of the best ever in my view, and one of the film's many highlights is the unforgettable perfomance of Diana Dors as the awful Mrs Wickens.

This is simply an excellent family film that leaves a lasting impression. I showed it to my son when he was 7, and he was absolutely captivated by it - just as I had been in the cinema all those years ago.
He actually calls it 'The Ghost Children' - a title I feel would have served the film better - and would have maybe drawn attention more to its supernatural elements.
Great though to see it on DVD at long last!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie 28 Oct 2005
By Debbie
Format:DVD
Like many of the reviews here I too was taken to the pictures as a 6 yr old to watch this movie. It captivated me then and still does to this day. About 10 years later it was shown on tv and I taped it and to this day still have that copy, although it is very well worn now. It is a good old fashioned family movie with no bad language featured anywhere. Diana Dors was superb and I cant picture her in any other role now but the one of Mrs Wickins..although I am sure she wouldnt appreciate that! My 2 children grew up with the movie and I am now living in Australia and have introduced it to my stepchildren who also love to watch it. Out of my whole collection of movies this has got to be the most watched. Unfortunately for me we dont have a multi region DVD player so buying the movie on DVD wouldnt do me any good, I just have to hope and pray my tape lasts out! A must for all families on a cold winters day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good family film
Published 6 days ago by sandie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Mr Blunden
Have loved this film since I was a youngster, and introduced my kids to it years ago. Haven't been able to get it on DVDs until now, so snapped up this one as soon as I saw it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by A. Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars a childhood memory
It was just how i remembered it! I watched it on the cinema when i was 7 .
Published 14 days ago by karen markin
4.0 out of 5 stars gift
brought as a gift for my Mother, she seems happy. :D
Published 20 days ago by jo
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
very pleased on the condition of the dvd came in
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Jonathan W. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my alltime favourite films - have waited years for the price to come down. happy.
Published 2 months ago by sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this film when I first saw it as a ...
I loved this film when I first saw it as a child and although, having seen it again as an adult, the special effects are far from special and in places quite laughable, I still... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss K.S.Rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars :-)
Great film good quality
Published 2 months ago by claudia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as I remember as a child. Delivery was quick.
Published 2 months ago by Shazwa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always enjoyed this childrens film, Diana Dors played her part really well.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine
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