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Went the Day Well? - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] [1942]

Leslie Banks , C.V. France , Alberto Cavalcanti    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor
  • Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QG5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the story by Grahame Greene, Went The Day Well? is a classic piece of propagandist entertainment, a warning to British citizens to remain ever alert for the arrival of the enemy. Alberto Cavalcanti’s film tells the story of a quiet English village which has been infiltrated by German Soldiers masquerading as British Troops, leaving the plucky villages to uncover the plot and fight back.


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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ealing that's no laughing matter. 28 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This propaganda film from the 1940's has passed the decades with flying colours. For those who don't know, this film is about German troops who take over a British village in the guise of British troops as a prelude to invasion. If this film sounds familiar to modern viewers, it was remade as "The Eagle has Landed" but ignore this dire Michael Caine vehicle and enjoy the original.
More importantly at long last we are seeing a proper overhaul of the Ealing catalogue which for years consisted of worn out prints. The restoration of both picture and sound are top notch and easily on a par with Optimum's recent releases like "Ice Cold in Alex" and "The Cruel Sea". With the likes of "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "Quatermass and the Pit" forthcoming, this is turning out to be a great year for fans of classic British Cinema.

Roger Shore
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent wartime thriller 25 Jan 2013
By SEM
Format:DVD
Based on a Graham Greene short story this 1942 film is set during the Second World War and concerns the forward invasion of a fictional English village by a group of Germans. I first caught the tail end of the film on TV a couple of years back while at a friend's place and though I'm not normally one for war films what I saw I really enjoyed. So I was delighted to finally get hold of the DVD. The film stands the test of time very well. It is both suspenseful and sinister. The story works in flashback as one of the villagers introduces viewers to the events.

The Germans make their entrances disguised as British soldiers and thus the film is taken up with the how the villagers realise the truth and work to foil the invaders. There are a number of affecting scenes, some of them the more so purely because of their simplicity and the "ordinariness" of many of the characters whether dying at the hands of the invaders or performing heroic deeds. The film is also notable for a youthful appearance of the late Thora Hird. This is an excellent wartime thriller and a strong 5* treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supremely well executed Ealing wartime thriller 21 Oct 2012
Format:DVD
'Went the Day Well' was a film unknown to me until just recently, especially as one of Ealing's productions whose comedy output I am quite familiar with. This is one outstanding little film and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Terrific 'what if' scenario that's superbly handled by all concerned resulting in a genuine nail biter of an experience for the viewer. Several of the key thematic elements would much later resurface in the 1976 John Sturges picture 'The Eagle Has Landed'.
I purchased a pair of Ealing classics - 'Went The Day Well' and the brilliant 'The Night My Number Came Up' and was extremely satisfied with both films. Highly recommended.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the event of infiltration... 29 July 2011
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It wouldn't seem out of place if this feature was prefaced by one of Harry Enfield's spoof vintage information films, introduced by Messrs Grayson and Cholmondley-Warner. It could almost be entitled "Look, Listen and Take Heed: What to Do If You Suspect an Invasion".

Based on a story by Graham Greene, Went the Day Well? was made by Ealing Studios in 1942, half-way through World War II. Besides its entertainment value, it functioned as a piece of cautionary propaganda.

The villagers of the idyllic Bramley End are at first nonplussed when a visiting platoon inadvertently reveals itself to be in the employ of a certain power-crazed German dictator. This being an age of limited communication, a concerted effort is made to halt the advance party in its tracks.

What follows is a curious hybrid of The Vicar of Dibley and Inglourious Basterds as the local residents set about repelling the murderous interlopers with vengeful gusto. The tone of the piece is dark and disturbing - unusual for its time and quite unlike the subsequent comedies for which Ealing would become renowned. It is highly watchable, nonetheless.

For this 2011 Blu-ray, the film's source is the resultant print of the BFI's recent extensive restoration. The black-and-white picture - despite infrequent minor signs of its age - is a noticeable improvement over the 2003 DVD release. The soundtrack is PCM 2.0 mono and there are English subtitles. A pair of bonus features are included: a short film by director Alberto Cavalcanti and an audio essay about early British Cinema that was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

For those who are new to the output of Ealing Studios, this serves as an excellent starter before the sumptuous main course of its later offerings - several of which are now being issued on Blu-ray in restored versions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulldog Spirit At It's Best 17 April 2012
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I absolutely love this film, and kind of wish I was around during this era. Listening to the lead actors speaking in their BBC English accents, always raises a smile, especially Leslie Banks, the traitorous Nazi collaborator, who was a superb actor. Try "The Arsenal Stadium Mystery" from 1939, for further evidence of his talents.
The story is about a fictional Nazi invasion of a picturesque English village, by a troop of Germans disguised as English soldiers on a training mission, and the villagers fight to take back what belongs to them. Inspiring stuff.
By the way, the restoration is top notch, and the whole thing was a joy to watch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful home front movie from 1942 14 Feb 2012
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This great film, now 70 years old,hardly needs any new endorsement. Filmed in 1942, it is based on a Graham Greene short story and concerns the takeover of a tiny Gloucestershire village by an advance party of German paratroopers setting up a communications base, and their defeat by alert and plucky villagers. It is an unsentimental look at the brutality of war and its effect on ordinary people. The story of traitors on the Home Front must have had a chilling effect on audiences in 1942. The film has been digitally restored, and captures a long-vanished rural England to perfection. It easily transcends the wartime propaganda which at one level it was. Together with "A Matter of Life and Death", one of the great films to come out of World War 2.

The story bears a superficial resemblance to Jack Higgins' 1975 novel The Eagle Has Landed (and its 1976 film) but is much, much more powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Excellent, very moving and good value.
Published 4 days ago by Ant-Oakleaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the British End up
This well-made,understated film looked at the possibility of a Nazi invasion by means of a German parachute platoon dressed in British uniforms. Read more
Published 20 days ago by droog
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Digitally restored copy makes for a very pleasurable viewing experience. Performances and Walton's incidental music, albeit brief made it for this viewer.
Published 4 months ago by Michael J. Keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movie
This is one of my favourite old war time films. I was really pleased to find it available to purchase.
Published 5 months ago by C Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it went very well
Since this film has been restored it's a joy to watch. I'm a lover of the old classics and this is one of my all time favourites. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining period film
Technically a very good DVD, good picture and sound quality.
Although over 60 years old, the story is thrilling and is told with remarkable speed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Frans Geijlvoet
4.0 out of 5 stars Cavalcanti's Uncompromising War-time Propaganda Film
Brazilian-born director Alberto Cavalcanti's, Ealing Studios-produced, 1942 war-time propaganda film, after rather an innocuous start, ultimately delivers a powerful and quite... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Classic
Great film! It has everything and on Blu Ray much improved over DVD copy. This is a movie that cannot be remade as it absolutely is of its time.
Published 12 months ago by John B
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stuff
1940's film making at its best. The treatment of a rather far fetched (today) storyline is nicely done and given the times in which it was made, very well done. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. M. Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars "Went the day well? They fought and never knew"
Sounds like a quote from Shakespeare but I haven't tied it down yet (I must try harder but it could Henry the Fifth?).
This is a wartime propaganda film in black and white. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JJHearty
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