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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Michael Gough
  • Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979KGBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of one of Ealing’s greatest directors: Alexander Mackendrick, Studiocanal are releasing the restored version of the DVD of The Man In The White Suit starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker.

“One of Guinness’ best performances” Time Out

Ealing Studios’ output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. It fostered great directors such as Alexander Mackendrick and Robert Hamer, while giving stars such as Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers the chance to shine.

Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), a humble inventor, develops a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out. This would seem to be a boon for mankind, but the established garment manufacturers don’t see it that way; they try to suppress it. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures.

Special Features

• Exclusive Revisiting The Man In The White Suit Featurette
• Stills Gallery
• Restoration Comparison
• Trailer

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Ealing Comedy--cosy, gentle and whimsical, right? In this case, think again. Alexander Mackendrick was always the most politically aware of the Ealing directors, and in The Man in the White Suit he takes the studio's favourite theme of the little man up against the system and gives it a sharp satirical twist. Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness at his most unworldly), a maverick scientist working in a Northern textile mill, invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. He's hailed as a genius--until management and unions alike realise what his brainwave implies.

Mackendrick's humour is exact and pointed, and the satire turns savage as a lynch mob of bosses and workers hunt Sidney down through dark narrow streets. Mackendrick's disenchanted view of hidebound, class-ridden British society still rings horribly true, and he draws note-perfect performances from the cream of British character actors: Cecil Parker as the liberal mill-owner (based it's said, on Ealing boss Michael Balcon); Ernest Thesiger as the evil old godfather of the industry; and, wittily sensual as Sidney's confidante, the ever-wonderful Joan Greenwood. Plus, listen out for the "voice" of Sidney's bizarre apparatus, the funniest and most unforgettable sound effect ever devised. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gerrard on 23 Nov. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
brilliant picture quality,the before and after restoration feature on this disc shows what a great job was done on this.there are english subtitles and a short documentary about the film plus a trailer so not much in the way of extras but the film itself looks as good as Kind Hearts and Coronets.full marks studio canal and lets hope they continue to release more of the Ealing films to this high standard.of course the film and alec guinness' performance are very enjoyable but then when has alec ever been anything other than great?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Hamilton on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
This comedy caper from the Ealing Studios has a terrific cast running amok through a suitably wacky story - but, best of all, it is carried off with gusto and stage conviction, beautifully knit together by craftsman-director Alex MacKendrick. Alec Guinness fans will not be disappointed, and Joan Greenwood shows once more why 'tis more the pity she did not do a greater number of screen rolls. Thoroughly good fun, with some serious themes intermixed. Only the print is showing a little instability...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Troy F. on 12 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Poor Sir Alec was afraid he'd be remembered only for Star Wars.
Not with movies like this one!

An absolute joy of a film and an Ealing Studios Classic, in every sense of the word. Basically it's about a persistent scientist that has a lot of smarts but not a lot of money for research. So he finds odd jobs at factories and companies where he can "borrow" the equipment to further his research. And it's just a delight to root for this underdog while he's trying to create a super fabric. Does he? Well, watch this funny and thoughtful movie and see. A smart great comedy with a message. Guiness creates such a wonderful character and the humor and events are so funny and smart that you can watch this one again and again.

The print looks really good in Blu-ray, much better than I thought for such an old film. There's a few extras: featurette, stills gallery and trailer, but it's the film that really shines, digitally restored.

If you've never seen this, it's a must.
If you have, well, you know what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVEY on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A clasic old film, now available on DVD.
I purchased this old favourite to show my eighteen year old lad a bit of a taste of how old Lancashire looked before it all got flatend in the 70's and all the concreat monsters went up. He enjoyed the film and was a gasp that the street lamps where gas, but yet in the mill's the lab tec's had a electron microscope.
The recorded quality of the DVD is prity high when you take the age of the film into acount. GOOD STAY CLEAN FUN.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maia Russell on 13 May 2012
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A real blast from the past ,-this one!
I enjoyed seeing this movie again, Sir Alec Guiness is wonderful as the "mad" scientist who comes up with a fabric that never stains, never wears out, and never wrinkles.A good addition to my collection of Ealing comedies.{Reworked into DVDs]
Great fun!
Maia Russell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 12 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
A classic film from the days when Britain really knew how to do it.
The legendary Sir Alec Guiness excells in this classic, which you can watch time and time again and never tire of.
One of the finest films to come out of the Eailing Studios and a must for anyone interested in classic British cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Belcher on 2 Nov. 2014
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A brilliant vintage satire on the British at work and the relationship between management and workers.Alec Guiness superb as the inventor of of a revolutionary indestructible material that creates the white suit of the film,s title and creates such heated debate between both sides of the political divide!
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This subtle comedy improves on second or third viewing when that subtlety emerges more clearly. It is not a guffawing laugh-a-thon but full of quietly observant moments with the superb Cecil Parker, Joan Greenwood and a great supporting cast that makes you realise how distinctive and special and enduring British films can be. And from these highpoints it all declines towards the 60s bargain basement of Carry On and worse, mining smuttiness. It's a thoughtful satire on how we treat geniuses or outsiders, and gentle as it's British and we're largely content with things, or stoical about the way we are as opposed to being desperate for sudden change. Guinness is of course superb in his subtle way. Joan is unique. As is the terribly amusing Olaf Olsen as a German (?) butler. Hilarious, subtly. Also great cinematography.
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