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The Secret People [All Region] [import]

Valentina Cortese , Serge Reggiani , Thorold Dickinson    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Valentina Cortese, Serge Reggiani, Audrey Hepburn, Charles Goldner, Angela Fouldes
  • Directors: Thorold Dickinson
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 7885880818
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,507 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


ALL REGION DVD - CHINESE IMPORT - NTSC - ENGLISH AUDIO (Japanese & Chinese subtitles).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty thinking man's thriller 29 Jun 2011
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A refugee (Valentina Cortese) from an unnamed totalitarian country and her younger sister (Angela Fouldes as a child, Audrey Hepburn as an adult) arrive in England. They have been sent by their father (who is later murdered by the fascist regime) to live with their uncle (Charles Goldner). Much later, Cortese's old lover (Serge Reggiani) arrives in Britain and pressures her to assist in the political assassination of the dictator on his visit to England. She agrees but something goes horribly wrong and the repercussions are far reaching. Directed by Thorold Dickinson (QUEEN OF SPADES), the film is a engrossing and thought felt treatise on violence vs. political idealism. Are the innocent expendable if it brings down an evil personage? Or is violence wrong no matter who it is directed against? Dickinson (who co-wrote the screenplay) is smart enough to understand he is making a movie and not just a political tract (not unlike Costa-Gavras) and he keeps the suspense element strong. Cortese is the film's core performance is very good, Reggiani shows his hand before he should and while sweet, the young Audrey Hepburn gives no indication here of the icon she would later become. With Irene Worth, Megs Jenkins, Athene Seyler and Reginald Tate.

The Optimum DVD from Great Britian is a nicely rendered B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Note 17 April 2010
J. Bryce's review suggests that the Secret People DVD is marred by Chinese subtitles that cannot be removed. I suspect that this is a reference to a version other than that the Optimum DVD on offer here. I have purchased the Optimum disc and it's fine. Buy with confidence.
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This is a rare Ealing drama - a collector's item and a very enjoyable film (if a little on the gloomy side). It would certainly be a must for any collector of British films except that this particular release has very large Chinese sub-titles and these cannot be removed. They're not actually sub-titles but side-titles ... they run up and down the right hand side of the screen obscuring faces and any action. It's a great shame because the picture quality is otherwise very good and would make for a most enjoyable copy. If only they would release this in a format that allows for the sub-titles to be turned on and off it would completely change my opinion of this DVD. As it is, the sub-titles are so distracting that I'm not able to watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars secret people 18 Nov 2011
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A young Audrey Hepburn before her name was even known in the U.S..
Very wonderful movie with great storyline and very good acting.
If you enjoy Audrey Hepburn this is a wonderful movie for you.
The DVD is region 2 coded and is also PAL format but with the right DVD player this is easily remidied.
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