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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best British film ever!, 4 July 2010
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This review is from: A Kind Of Loving [DVD] [1962] (DVD)
This repackaged version of John Schlesinger's seminal masterpiece A Kind of Loving, is still sadly not the definitive restoration so sorely needed for this the very finest of British films. The print appears to be the same as that previously released by Momentum, and comes as a very grainy version with much of the original detail lost. As a result, Schlesinger's masterful attention to detail and the exquisite beauty of Denys N. Coop's black & white photography is still compromised in this edition. Additionally, this may also be a slightly shorter version than the previous release. Let's hope the likes of US restorer Criterion might get hold of it, and do what they did for their Region 1 Billy Liar double disc restoration, which is one of the best DVD restoration and extras packages on the market.

That said, very little can spike the director's genius and the utterly perfect script from legends Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall. Of all the northern film dramas of the period, A Kind of Loving is the one that tells it how it really was. The awkward and touching innocence of Alan Bates' Vic and June Ritchie's Brenda, was socially par for the course in pre Beatles Britain - which was still in a kind of frozen post war shock.

This is a film that was rightfully shot in black & white, and in that monochrome spirit, Schlesinger so skilfully reminds us that cold rainy streets and packed buses with steamed up windows can still be the stuff of romance. Vic's tender joy at having hooked Brenda into a date on Saturday night is truly palpable, and identifies in all of us that special romantic rush that blots out all our worldly worries.

A Kind of Loving is a seminal British classic that deserves the full uncut restoration treatment with supporting documentaries and commentaries. Studio Canal please take note for the forthcoming Blu-Ray version which I'm sure will soon be on the cards.
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2011 14:02:26 BDT
I do'nt get it !is the movie good enough to buy it ? I understand from the revieuw that it is not a good version !!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2011 16:44:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Sep 2011 16:48:07 BDT
H. Hopkins says:
Although the world still lacks a good print on DVD of this utterly perfect film, director John Schlesinger's taught direction of the finest actors of the time, and Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall's masterclass script, delivers a faultless movie. Buy it!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2011 14:14:55 BDT
Does not your attitude and consequent decision to purchase discourage 'them' from making the effort to do a good restoration? Would not a strong will to resist and patience reward us more quickly with a decent print?

I believe in zero tolerance for shabby products - if everyone felt the same we might then be rid of them.

Having said that, I fully understand the 'can't resist' syndrome - and, besides that, it depends how old you are!

Posted on 1 Mar 2012 20:30:26 GMT
Angeln says:
English. Not 'British'. ENGLISH. The 'best ENGLISH film ever'. Ye Gods and little fishes this is an uphill battle........

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 18:55:12 BDT
R. Madican says:
Can you explain why this British / English thing irritates you so much? And what the difference actually means.
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