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The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 1 [DVD]

Gerald du Maurier , Anthony Steel , Basil Dean , Harry Watt    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: Gerald du Maurier, Anthony Steel, Sheila Sim, Edmund Gwenn, Stanley Lupino
  • Directors: Basil Dean, Harry Watt, Carol Reed, Leo Mittler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BHY1P5C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three-decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home-video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release.

The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance. Featuring new transfers from the best available elements, in their correct aspect ratio, this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean's and Michael Balcon's tenure as studio head, making them available once more to the general public.

ESCAPE! (1930)
A study of punitive justice: the fate of a man who has been shut up in Dartmoor Prison and socially ruined. What treatment awaits him when he turns fugitive?
Black and White / 68 mins / 1.19:1 / Mono / English

An African tribe must seek new pastures. Can game warden Bob Payton persuade them to choose fertile soil and peaceful living over the many temptations of the city?
Colour / 92 mins /1.33:1 / Mono / English

Liverpool tugboat captain Joe spends a weekly sixpence on the pools. When his first mate forgets to post the coupon as a winning line is drawn, comic chaos is the result!
Black and White / 69 mins /1.33:1 / Mono / English

CHEER UP! (1936)
Countless comic situations and spectacular dance routines punctuate a tale of two struggling composers trying to gain backing for their musical comedy.
Black and White / 68 mins /1.33:1 / Mono / English

[] Original Theatrical Trailer for West of Zanzibar
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[] West of Zanzibar promotional material PDF

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unseen Ealing! 7 May 2013
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Network DVD distributors should be very highly commended for their perseverance in finally enabling these rare Ealing films to be seen on home video. Licenced from StudioCanal, this four-film set is the first volume of what appears to be an ongoing commitment from the British distributors. It also ties in with their excellent 'British Film' collection, which sees a large number of previously-neglected British films finally released onto DVD (and, in special cases, Blu-ray). The four films are spread over two discs which are housed in a 'slim-line' case (as are all films in this collection), which for the more space-limited of us is a blessing, and also means they look good sat together on the shelf.

But what of the films themselves? First of all we get 'Escape' from 1930, produced by Basil Dean's Associated Talking Pictures, which the following year moved to the now-legendary studios at Ealing. So if anything, this pre-dated Ealing studios, but deserves its place here as the first ever film from what was to become Ealing, but also as one of the first 'talkies' to come out of Britain. The film is based on a 1921 play and tells the story of a gentleman who finds himself a victim of circumstance and forced to become a fugitive in the English countryside. We then see the reactions of the ordinary people with whom he comes into contact. Like all of the films here, this isn't some undiscovered classic, but it's an enjoyable film which rolls along at a good pace and never outstays its welcome. Considering the age of 'Escape', the picture is in very good shape (no doubt helped by the fact that virtually no one has been able to see it for the last eight decades), though obviously there are some signs of damage - these are never distracting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic films 28 Mar 2014
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i love these old black and white British films this is a great collection worth watching they beat today's films by miles
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 9 Feb 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars First four of a long line?? 9 July 2013
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Have purchased most of these reissues and am really enjoying them. More economical way to purchase than buying the single versions for some of these films. Whiskey Galore is a case in point.
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Disc One of this set contains the two titles "Escape" and "West of Zanzibar". The first is in B&W with poor picture and sound quality. The story line for the film is interesting but the production less than satisfactory in many ways. centering on a respectable ex-army office with a kind heart falling foul of the law when he attempts to shield a London prostitute. He is sent to Dartmoor Prison for a longish sentence but manages to escape from a working party in misty conditions. His adventures in attempting to distance himself from his pursuers forms the backbone of the tale. The acting is sometimes quite unconvincing but the tale is sad and one can identify with the man's predicament.

"West of Zanzibar" is in Technicolor but both colour and focus are poor. I found this the least interesting of the four films in this collection

Both films on Disc Two are superior in picture and sound quality to the above. Moreover, their content is also more engaging. "Penny Paradise" is a glorious satire on the power of wealth with a message that never fades. It runs upon an old formula, ie. the fake winning of a sizable sum of money by an ordinary working man (a tug captain on the Mersey in this case) with the social interplay that inevitably follows. All parts are played to a high standard with the pretence of wealth only breaking close to the end of the film

"Cheer Up" has both a tolerable picture and sound standard in this "semi-musical" that introduces us to the young Sally Gray before she became recognised primarily for her glamour and the quality of her acting. An interesting if rather simple story line but which matches the calibre of the actors well.

Another mixed bag, as I say, but good value for money in my opinion.
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