10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2011
This collection of five films starring Michael Caine represents some of the great man's best work. And is fantastic value for money. Here's a brief description of what is on each disc.
Zulu (1963) This account of the 1879 battle of Rouke's Drift was Caine's first big role after a decade of struggling to get by playing small parts in film, television and theatre. This was his shot at the big-time and he doesn't fumble the ball. What I really like about this film is the respect shown to the Zulu people and their culture. Extras on the disc are a two-part 45-minute "making of" documentary, commentary, and a trailer. You get the choice of having the dialogue spoken in English or German, and there are 16 different subtitle options.
Alfie (1966) It is a testament to Michael Caine's talent as an actor that he was able to make this character likeable - in the hands of a lesser actor Alfie would simply have been loathsome. Unlike many sixties films about swinging London, Alfie shows the downside as well as the upside of being a single young man putting it about. There are no interesting extras here, just a trailer. Again, there is the choice of having the dialogue spoken in English or German, and 16 different subtitle options.
Funeral In Berlin (1966) This was the first sequel to The Ipcress File, and although it's not as enjoyable as the original it's still a decent film. The attempts at humour are a bit hit and miss. The plot has so many twists that you must give this film your full-undivided attention to follow it. As well as English, this DVD gives you the option of having the dialogue spoken in German, Spanish, French and Italian. There are 25 different subtitle options. There are no interesting extras, only a trailer.
The Italian Job (1969) No matter how many times I see this film I never tire of it. A joy from beginning to end. Such a shame they never made the intended sequel. I think this is Caine's second best performance after Get Carter. Benny Hill and Noel Coward are memorable in their roles too. But, of course, the real stars of the film are the Minis. Extras include a three-part 70-minute "making of" documentary, a deleted scene, commentary and a trailer. There is the choice of having the dialogue spoken in English or German, and there are 16 different subtitle options.
Sleuth (1972) Starring two of the greatest actors England has ever produced - Caine and Olivier are both firing on all four cylinders here. No extras. English subtitles.
The picture and sound quality is very good on all discs. All films are widescreen and have an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, except Sleuth, which is 1.85:1. The five DVDs come in slimline cases that are housed in a cardboard slipcase.
With the exception of Funeral In Berlin, I would describe these films as classics, which stand up to repeated viewings. In fact, Michael Caine himself listed Zulu, Alfie, The Italian Job and Sleuth in his top thirteen best films he's ever been in (in last years The Elephant To Hollywood autobiography).
If you don't already own these films on DVD, then this collection is for you.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2009
Well worth buying The Italian Job - Zulu - Funeral in Berlin - all classics that can be watched again and again
Sleuth and Alfie less so,in my opinion, but still very acceptable films. Would recommend you add to your collection as I am sure you will view them over many years