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The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 8 [DVD]

George Baker , Belinda Lee , Pat Jackson , Robert Stevenson    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: George Baker, Belinda Lee, Griffith Jones, Jimmy Hanley, John Loder
  • Directors: Pat Jackson, Robert Stevenson, Penrose Tennyson, Reginald Denham
  • 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: 4 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3D16EO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,439 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.

Under the watchful eye of Matron, five young women begin their nursing careers in the National Health Service.
Colour / 87 mins / 1.66:1 / Mono / English

Those were the days! When a music hall was a hall of music, whose saccharine and plaintive numbers made everyone weep - from duke to dustman!
Black and White / 73 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

Jimmy Hanley stars as a young boxer whose family faces financial difficulty. A big-time promoter promises fame and fortune - but is he all he claims to be?
Black and White / 79 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

In his first film sighting, Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L. Sayers' famous amateur sleuth, sets out to prove the innocence of an acquaintance accused of murder.
Black and White / 71 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

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4.0 out of 5 stars 2good 2bad, BUT nice to see them!! 5 July 2014
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This Ealing Rarities set of four films is, as many such selections are likely to be, a mixed bag, one or two good things with one or two poor.
The Feminine Touch follows a group of trainee nurses in a hospital of the newly formed NHS. It does what it does well enough, though the characters are all obvious types, and the situations predictable. The NHS depicted is reasonably accurate for the day, although there is no blood and guts on screen. The child actress of Mandy has a small role as a very upset child calmed by the caring doctor, and from this point onward it is clear that one or two of our trainees are destined for surgical romances, which inevitably leads to their choosing between marriage and hospital, the two together being incompatible. Just when you think the matron will make a fine speech about the worthiness and importance of nursing at the end of the film, she cruelly lets the viewers and nursing generally down by stating that by marrying a surgeon they are doing far more for healthcare than they could have done as a nurse - bit of an empty ending really!

Young Man's Fancy is a 1939 romantic comedy playing strongly on English class relations, the predictable storyline being a duke's son being forced by parents to marry a brewers daughter (for the money), rebelling and finding in a music hall (which his father visits on the sly to get away from his domineering wife) a human-cannon-ball Ada - the rest of the story follows the usual lines, but don't be put off by this poor description.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ealing Rarities - Vol. 8 2 May 2014
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I always enjoy an Ealing film. The quality of performance varies but the production values were good and this volume contains ' the Feminine Touch' one of the few Balcon made in colour.
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A good bit of nostalgia. I used to watch George Baker films when they first came out. I have others in this series as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must see 29 Jan 2014
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brilliant collection of little known and forgotten films from Ealing, a must see for any fan of old british cinema
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