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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 studio canal blu-ray
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alec Guiness proves that progress is not good news for all
As so often in Ealing comedies, the common man against the system is the theme of this film. In this much, "The Man in the White Suit" echoes the the battle to save a village railway in "The Titfield Thunderbolt", and the ordinary Londoners' stand against arrogant officialdom in "Passport to Pimlico". Mild-mannered genius Alec Guinness...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 studio canal blu-ray, 23 Nov 2012
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine weave, 29 Oct 2009
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W. Hamilton (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ealing Adventure., 10 Feb 2007
Alec Guinness is brilliant as Sidney Stratton, slightly madcap scientist it seems specializing in fabrics?. The farcical elements of the story don't matter much though, in many ways it all adds to the charm. I'm sure this film is well on the way to being remade/ruined. I haven't seen the Ladykillers remake but even a small clip from it showed Tom Hanks with a totally unconvincing English accent. Surely if Ealing films are going to be remade can't we at least drum up some good young British actors/actresses to play the leads?. There's plenty about at the moment. The film's 85 minutes whizz past and the end credits are rolling before any hint of boredom can set in. The film seems to be very well paced, with guinness convincingly playing the hounded scientist with a top secret and also a slapstick clown [ the scene were he's trying to get into his bosses house is classic farce.] In films today these kind of scenes would be cut as they perhaps don't progress the story. Although the plot is nonsense and the science seems very creaky even from a future perspective, its great fun anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 19 July 2009
It's hard to use words that have not been aired before. It's difficult to say that its anything other than a British classic out of Ealing Studios with the irrepressible Sir Alec.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinness at his comic best, 16 Jun 2002
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This review is from: The Man In The White Suit [VHS] [1951] (VHS Tape)
Alec Guinness displays all his comic genius in this Alexander Mackendrick saga of dirty dealings up at t' mill. The special effects of the mad scientist's machinery and sound effects are exceptionally good for their time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canal Blu-ray not as good as Anchor Bay DVD in the states, 25 Oct 2013
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D. Ostrov (San Jose, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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To my surprise, the Blu-ray does not look as good as the Anchor Bay DVD from the states. They have remarkably similar detail, but the DVD (to my surprise) his better in that is has fewer overly-bright scenes, no wavering of the brightness, fewer scratches -- really a better picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beleaguered Entrepreneur, 29 Oct 2012
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This 1951 Ealing film directed by Alexander MacKendrick was his second feature (following the equally outstanding Whisky Galore!) and is another brilliantly observant comedy, principally presenting a tale of good, honest fun, but also with some insightful, satirical intent. MacKendrick, who co-wrote the screenplay with Roger MacDougall (whose stage play was the basis for the film), creates a nicely authentic Northern industrial feel for his comic tale, with many sharp touches depicting the antagonism between exploitative bosses and the unionised labour force, together with atmospherically shot industrial landscapes and factory interiors, courtesy of regular Ealing cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.

Alec Guinness stars once again in an Ealing film (in a role which, along with that in The Lavender Hill Mob, is my favourite of his in this genre), this time as Cambridge chemistry guru and entrepreneur, Sidney Stratton, who finds himself 'working undercover' on an illicit, and secret, invention in the research lab of a Northern textile mill. Resigning from his post at one mill (having just avoided detection), Sidney re-emerges at competitor mill, Birnley's, where his boss, Alan Birnley (played with trademark authority by Cecil Parker) finally accepts that Sidney's invention of an everlasting, dirt-repellent fibre could spell the end of his competitor manufacturers. MacKendrick's film is full of delightful moments of comedy, as the mill bosses attempt to get to the bottom of Sidney's scheming, eventually suffering repeated explosions as Stratton's experiments go awry.

Guinness is outstanding as the geeky academic Stratton, whose mastery of polymerisation of amino acid residues and long chain molecules is at the expense of any notion of common sense. Also on the acting front, in addition to Parker, MacKendrick elicits great understated comedy performances from Michael Gough as rival mill owner Michael Corland, and from the likes of Colin Gordon, Roddy Hughes and Ewan Roberts in supporting roles. As Birnley's 'little rich girl' daughter Daphne, Joan Greenwood is at her sultry and husky best, as she is coerced by the mill bosses into seducing Sidney in an attempt to get him to sign away the rights to his invention. It has, of course, occurred to Birnley's fellow cloth manufacturers , led by Sir John Kierlaw (an impressively doddery Ernest Thesiger), as well as the mill trade unions (including Sidney's lone sympathiser Bertha, played with earthy bravado by Vida Hope) that Sidney's invention must be suppressed in order for the industry to survive. As Sidney attempts to evade his pursuers bedecked in a white suit made of his precious fibre, the closing sequences of the film are some of the best, as the budding entrepreneur abseils down the side of a building and is finally cornered by the massing vigilante group only to discover that his fibrous invention is not all that he had cracked it up to be, leaving the audience with the impression that the lone entrepreneur is (perhaps) fighting a losing battle against the combined might of the industrial cartel and trades union.

An extremely funny and poignant film, in keeping with the very best of Ealing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the DVD , "The Man in the White Suit, with Alec Guiness., 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD EALING STUDIOS on NEW DVD., 12 Dec 2011
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gurgling Ingenuity, 26 Sep 2005
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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I recently purchased The Horse's Mouth (1958) from Amazon as well as "The Alec Guinness Collection" which includes The Man in the White Suit (1951) plus four others: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Captain's Paradise (1953), and The Ladykillers (1955). Frankly, I was amazed how well each of the six films has held up since I first saw it.
Directed by Alexander MacKendrick (who also directed The Ladykillers four years later), what we have in The Man in the White Suit is Guinness' own version of the naive, indeed eccentric visionary/inventor/humanitarian. Sidney Stratton's dream is to create a fabric which never wears out and cannot be soiled. Endless (sometimes explosive) experiments involving various gurgling contraptions prove unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Stratton is fired from his job in one research laboratory, continues his research in another, and eventually succeeds. Or so he thinks.
One of these film's several delights is Joan Greenwood's portrayal of Daphne Birnley, daughter of the owner of the company in whose laboratory Stratton finally discovers the correct formula for the miracle fabric. Her father is played with great style by Cecil Parker who is almost as eager to marry off his daughter as he is to save his company. Only a spoilsport would reveal the climax of this entertaining film, one which may surprise viewers as much as it does Stratton and Alan Birnley. Sadder but wiser, Stratton ambles (as only Guinness can) into an uncertain future. Nowhere else throughout the plot is the special soundtrack more effective than it is in this final scene.
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