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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2011
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 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
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
on 12 December 2004
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
on 2 November 2014
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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on 14 November 2014
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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An independent inventor Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) invents a new polymer. The bourgeoisie incarcerates him. The proletariat believes he is forced to produce excessively durable cloth. Soon both sides of the coin realize what such an invention will do the economy.

The movie is a little more in-depth than previously described with people that care Daphne Birnley (Joan Greenwood,) people that do not care Alan Birnley (Cecil Parker,) and not really getting in to any real romantic situation. There may be more than meets the eye as the whit suit is also glow in the dark.
What becomes of the suit?
What becomes of the economy?
What becomes of Sidney?

Who Killed the Electric Car? ~ Martin Sheen
First Monday in October ~ Walter Matthau
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 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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