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Three Films By Somerset Maugham - Trio / Encore / Quartet [DVD]


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  • Actors: Basil Radford, Hermione Baddeley, Felix Aylmer, Angela Baddeley, Kathleen Harrison
  • Directors: Ken Annakin, Harold French, Pat Jackson, Anthony Pelissier, Ralph Smart
  • Producers: Antony Darnborough
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 285 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V4IOB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelm Snyman on 25 Oct 2007
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What a wonderful collection. each DVD is preceded by a short chat by th great man himself, Somerset Maugham, with stories that trasnport you to another era. Of course the fact that the stories themselves ar so cleverly constructed helps enormously, but besides that, the acting and the old world charm of the characters just make this collection of three DVDs a superb gift. Also, the quality is such that you're likely to keep the DVDs and watch them time and again. The films, as with the stories upon which they are based, are timeless. What a brilliant idea to put together this collection.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ian Millard on 25 Mar 2008
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This DVD is a gem. It consists of a total of 10 short or shortish stories on 3 discs, originally separate films from the late 1940's. Some are from Somerset Maugham, a few from or adapted by other writers. At least two ( The Verger and The Colonel's Lady) were later recycled into the (also recommended and on DVD) Tales of the Unexpected series of the late 70's and early 80's. The black and white is crisp and clear as can be, the sound likewise. The acting is superb, too, with many famous names appearing, not least Nigel Patrick.

Each film of the three (Trio, Quartet, Encore) is introduced by Somerset Maugham from his beautiful home and garden on the Riviera. How glamorous that must have seemed, looked at from the dingy squalor of much of 1940's Britain!

Superb entertainment and truly enjoyable. Recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zozzle on 7 April 2009
I bought my first copy of this collection for my family and me at Christmas 2008 and now I'm back for another copy for my elderly aunt and uncle in Wales. I have loved Somerset Maugham's short stories for years and read them regularly with my young son, and there's nothing more delightful than to find some of them adapted, here, in film with some of the best of British acting talent that I remember from my childhood in the 1960s! And, then, to have the films introduced by the GREAT fellow himself, well this is a gem of a collection that I hold very dear. I hope you enjoy them too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By colin palmer on 21 April 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this dvd. Somerset Maugham is a classic writer. His 3 short stories are brought here with a sterling cast and direction. I wish there were more available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Oct 2009
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A man of dubious character, well known for his use of his friends and acquaintances in his work and often without their permission or approval, but frankly the work is so good you're just grateful it wasn't you!
The discs definitely decrease in quality of story, but even the slowest is worth watching.
a great observer of human behaviour and hypocrisy, well written and entertaining.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 15 July 2009
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In 1948 Gainsborough decided with the input of the author himself W Somerset Maugham to develop four of his short stories into a movie.The result was Quartet which became such a raging success that it spawned two sequels Trio(1950) and Encore (1951).
The pity here is that the most celebrated Quartet is pretty well outshone by it's sequels.
In Quartet the first three-"Facts of Life" with Jack Watling as an impressionable young tennis player abroad;"The Alien Corn" with Dirk Bogarde as an aspiring pianist and "The Kite" with George Cole are all fairly trite and dull but the last entry "The Colonel's Lady about a country lady of means(Nora Swinburne)whose small book of poetry is a publishing sensation much to the consternation of her unloving husband(Cecil Parker)who finds his well ordered life coming apart at the seams as he struggles to keep a lid on his jealousy.Both Swinburne and Parker are quite brilliant.
In the far more consistent Trio,James Hayter and the wonderous Kathleen Harrison are lovely in "The Verger"-a story of exquisite charm about the late blossoming of ambition and tolerance;"Mr Knowall"features Nigel Patrick as the "very british"Max Kelada which has a very nice payoff and "The Sanitorium"which has a very rich cast and passes the time pleasantly enough but doesn't really go anywhere.
In Encore we find Nigel Patrick at the top of his form in"The Ant And The Grasshopper"about two brothers with very differing views on responsibility;"Winter Cruise"has Kay Walsh as a chatterbox whose constant talking drives the crew to arrange a romance for her(the ending is nicely bittersweet)and "Gigolo and Gigolette"a misfire about a high diver saved only by Glynis Johns who looks very nice.
Overall this three disc set is a bargain but be wary of those rose tinted spectacles reviews,when it is good(The Verger,Mr Knowall)it is very good,when it is bad(Facts of life,Gigolo...)it is pretty bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on 24 Aug 2011
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This dvd set takes you back to the bygone days when everyone spoke with a cut-glass accent. A lovely escape from today's busy world. Lots of early appearances from famous actors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mikex on 22 Mar 2010
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'Quartet' is the winner here. The 'kite' story sticks in the mind. George Cole makes an early, and memorable, appearance here.
So, it is paired with (should that be 'trioed with?) more S-M short stories. This is a good set at a good price, and for anyone into short stories, S-M in particular, this is recommended viewing.
Then again, when talking of the 'best of', shouldn't forget the likes of 'The Moon and Sixpence', and 'Hobson's Choice', one of the best of all comedies.
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