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The Italian Job - Paramount Originals (includes Limited Edition reproduction film poster) [DVD]

Michael Caine , Noel Coward , Peter Collinson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Maggie Blye, Tony Beckley
  • Directors: Peter Collinson
  • Producers: Michael Deeley
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RJVS00
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The greatest Brit-flick crime caper comedy of all time, 1969's The Italian Job towers mightily above its latter-day mockney imitators. After Alfie but before Get Carter Michael Caine is the hippest ex-con around, bedding the birds (several at a time) and spouting immortal one-liners ("You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"). The inheritor of a devious plan to steal gold bullion in the traffic-choked streets of Turin, Caine recruits a misfit team of genial underworld types--including a lecherous Benny Hill and three plummy public-schoolboy rally drivers--and uses the occasion of an England-Italy football match as cover for the heist.

In his final screen appearance, Noel Coward joyfully sends up his own patriotic persona, and there are small though priceless cameos from the likes of Irene Handl and John Le Mesurier. But The Italian Job's real stars are the three Mini Coopers--patriotically decorated red, white and blue--that run rings round every other vehicle in an immortal car-chase sequence, which preserves forever the British public's love affair with the little car. Quincy Jones provided the irreverent music, naturally, while the cliffhanger ending thumbs its nose at anything so un-hip as a resolution. It's all unashamedly jingoistic--ridiculously, gleefully, absurdly so--but the whole sums up the joie de vivre of the 1960s so perfectly that future historians need only look here to learn why the decade was swinging.

On the DVD: The Italian Job disc contains three all-new documentaries--"The Great Idea" (conception), "The Self-Preservation Society" (casting), and "Get a Bloomin' Move On" (stunts)--which dovetail into a good 68-minute "making of" featurette. Contributors include scriptwriter Troy Kennedy Martin and Producer Michael Deeley, who also crops up on the sporadically interesting commentary track with author of The Making of The Italian Job, Matthew Field. The deleted "Blue Danube" waltz scene is also included, with optional commentary. The print is a decent anamorphic transfer of the original 2.35:1 ratio, and the soundtrack has been remastered to Dolby 5.1. The animated Mini Cooper menus set the tone perfectly. --Mark Walker

Product Description

A spectacular robbery of gold bullion in Turin is masterminded by an older gentleman from a British prison where he is lord of all h e surveys.


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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm Glad You're Out Sir...I Mean Back..." 11 May 2009
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
I ripped the shrink-wrap off this little gem this morning with the glee of a six-year old delinquent given a day pass to Cadburys. I then sat down to watch it and emerged two hours later with the grin of a 51-year old Cheshire cat on Viagra.

We all know "The Italian Job" is a Sixties classic, but what you don't know is that this 40th Anniversary reissue of it (issued today 15 June 2009) is simply off the charts good...

First up is the print - which is GLORIOUS - as pristine as you could hope for and a joy from start to finish. And although it doesn't state it on the outer box, this is the fully restored British Film Institute version, which has been cleaned up frame-by-frame (and those clean shots are used in the "Making Of" extras too). One of those features is the 30th Anniversary reissue trailer from 10 years ago, which uses the famous "...doors off..." van sequence. Untouched - it's covered in scratches and has no definition whatsoever - it allows you see what the film stock did look like as opposed to how beautiful it looks now after restoration.

There are so many scenes that now stand out - as Matt Monro's cheesy song "On Days Like These" plays and the car drives through the Alps in the opening credits - when Charlie comes out of prison as he walks through the gates and Maggie Blye greets him in a stolen car from the Pakistani Embassy - when the three Mini Coopers climb the roof of the football stadium with the Italian cops in pursuit - it's just all BEAUTIFUL. The BFI have also done "Zulu", "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" and "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning" and this is up there - done to the same stunning standard as they were (see my reviews).

The extras are generous too (nearly two hours worth):
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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How anyone can give this classic film a mere one or two star rating is beyond me, i can only assume they are confused with the truely dire remake that was set in L.A. because frankly that version was a complete waste of time, especially as the original (which i am reviewing) is such a classic.
The storyline which does take time to build up (like all good stories do) is set around the often used scenario of a loveable english ganster mob performing a blag and getting away with it (almost). The script contains much subtle british humour, and the shots of 60's London with empty streets and classic cars are a joy to behold. All the usual ingredients for films of this genre are there, the initial doubt, the bungled rehersals, and the most unlikely looking bunch of crooks ever seen in the same room that somehow on the day, manage to pull it off. The dialogue is sharp and witty and full to the brim with superb one liners, phrases and sayings, some of which have entered the english language, and how many films script can have that claim to fame?
Michael Caine is peerless as Charlie Crocker, with his unique voice and acting style proving to the be the icing on the cake for this classic British caper. It is his acting and the script that provided an undeniable template for many a British gangster\mob film to follow i.e. Lock Stock \ Snatch \ Layer Cake...
What is worth bearing in mind is that at the time of it's original release (1969) England were very much on a high with the sixties still swinging, we were football world champions, and as a country we were looking forward with optimism to the common market and europe, hence the almost celebratory atmosphere throughout, and the light hearted us against them feel of the whole film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well being over 50, of course The Italian Job was played ad nauseum during my growing up years on the telly. However, let me just say this: After buying the Blu-Ray edition, I then brought the CD soundtrack, the book on The Making Of The Italian Job, plus occasionally still slip back in the Blu-ray film just to marvel at the great feel good factor and cinematography of this marvellous movie classic! In otherwords, you ain't really seen the film and ain't really fully appeciated it until you get to sit through it in glorious HD! Right from the opening shot, it proves it's lovingly digitally remastered credentals: There it is! A blue sky with actually NOOOOOOO grain! Unlike some Blu-Ray transfers from the same period!
Of course there's no point in talking about it's plot which most people now know by heart anyway. But if you've always liked the film, than prepare yourself to truly love it once you've experienced a glorious Blu-Ray HD transfer, as well as the great enlightening and entertaining Extras that come along with it! Full marks to how a classic on Blu-Ray should be released!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best! 17 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
I've just finished watching this masterpiece for the umpteenth time and have found yet more gems of the cinematic art to both love and admire.
It reminds one of an England that no longer exists. An England in fact that hardly existed when the film was shot in 1968/69, but that should not detract from the pieces underlying charm. It may not be directed by a depressive Bergman or a visionary David Lean but who really cares? Just enjoy the roller coaster of fun!
Why not suspend the critics persona and simply appreciate the caper for what it is. A celebration of being English and being ever so slightly suspicious of our brethren 'over the water'!
Chill out and discover a sense of humour you hostile desperados!
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