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The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 4 [DVD]

Googie Withers , Harry Secombe , Milton Rosmer , Charles Frend    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Googie Withers, Harry Secombe, Bill Owen, Jack Hawkins, Jean Kent
  • Directors: Milton Rosmer, Charles Frend, Basil Dean, Michael Relph
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CLCFERY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,865 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 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.

THE SECRET OF THE LOCH (1934)
An elderly professor seeks to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. His claims meet with hostility, but one reporter decides to test them for himself.
Black and White / 73 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

THE LOVES OF JOANNA GODDEN (1947)
Googie Withers stars as a young woman who flouts convention by choosing to run the farm she inherited, and by rejecting the man she is expected to marry...
Black and White / 85 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

BIRDS OF PREY (1930)
A former police commissioner becomes the target of a revenge plot by two men he had helped convict years before.
Black and White / 91 mins / 1.19:1 / Mono / English

DAVY (1957)
A young music-hall entertainer aspires to stardom on his own terms, but faces a dilemma as to whether he should go it alone or stick with his family troupe.
Colour / 79 mins / 2.35:1 / Mono / English



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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Possibly the most interesting grouping of four films in this series to date.

In order of excellence I would first go for THE LOVES OF JOANNA GODDEN (1947) with Googie Withers in the leading role as a headstrong spinster seeking to make a go of the farm she has inherited from her recently deceased father.

Set in the then (1905 - ) sheep farming Kent, Romney Marshes, the story hosts many scenes with the farming itself as backdrop. Joanna is an idealist but with a kind heart that sees her sending her younger sister (Ellen played by Jean Kent) away to a private school where the young lass learns to be a self-seeking prude. Later in the film Ellen marries Joanna's early sweetheart. Arthur Alce (John McCallum). Before then, Joanna has fallen for Martin Trevor (Derek Bond) who mysteriously drowns on a bathing expedition.

Those with a farming background of sheep rearing will find a lot to interest them in this fast moving film of many twists and turns.

DAVY (1958 the first film to be made in Technicolor in Britain?)* features a tight-knit Welsh family group (the Morgans) of music hall artists of whom Davy (Harry Secombe) is the one with an outstanding singing voice. Tensions rise when Davy is given an audition at Covent Garden where he makes a favourable impression on the conductor who sits through his rendering of Nessum Dorma. Some may find the film a little slow in pace but the interplay between the characters brings drama enough to hold one's interest throughout. And do not look for strong, Welsh accents - you won't find any!

BIRDS OF PREY (1930) is a rather drawn-out murder "mystery" where the viewer is made privy to the details (a la Columbo), but without the charm of a Columbo to see it through! THE SECRET OF THE LOCH (1934).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bravo network 20 Aug 2013
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these are the best value dvds around if you love old british movies and the restorations are great many thanks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Googie at her best.. 7 Oct 2013
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This set is a must have for any fan of Googie Withers and gets five stars from me on this film alone, The Loves of Joanna Godden 1947.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm poor at reviewing DVDs, but I'll try 6 Sep 2013
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A delightfully mixed bag.

On the one hand, "The Secret of the Loch" is a very cheaply made programmer with some unintentionally memorable special effects. On the other hand, "The Loves of Joanna Godden" is a well-made period drama with an interesting script and some nice photography.

"Birds of Prey" was filmed in 1930, and has some of the faults typically associated with films made in that year, particularly those that were based on plays. Still, it is interesting from a historical standpoint. "Davy", a 1950s film made in colour, suffers from a script that is under-written, but Harry Secombe (playing a music hall entertainer) does his best with the weak material.

So, while this isn't the strongest of the "Ealing Studios Rarities" DVDs, it is nevertheless still of interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I realy excelent selection 19 Aug 2013
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Worth the cost for Googie Withers in the Loves of Joanna Godden. A timeless treasure that seems very fresh. The filming of life of the Romney mashes just post war is really beautiful. A fine strong female lead performance.
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