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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Play, Brilliantly Presented, 27 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: An Inspector Calls [DVD] [1954] (DVD)
First let me correct a major error in the synopsis. The girl is not murdered but commits suicide, a fact stated in almost the first minute of the film and never in question. But because the ending is itself both surprising and thought provoking I shall say no more about the story.

But I will say that it is no hyperbole to describe this film as one of the best ever made. J. B. Priestley seems to translate rather well onto the screen (were I to be reviewing Last Holiday with Alec Guiness I would be very nearly as complimentary, and certainly awarding 5 stars), and in my judgement the way that the capabilities of film have been used to bring the dead girl to life are an improvement. That said, I must add that some friends who saw the play at the theatre before they saw this film have said that they preferred the stage version. As it happens, I saw the film before I saw the play at the theatre and, for all that the theatrical performance was first rate, I prefer the film.

I don't think that Alastair Sim was capable of making a film that was less than excellent, but, just as with Green for Danger - another quite outstanding 5 star film in my opinion - the role of a police inspector brings out the best in him. The main supporting cast are also excellent: the pompous and unfeeling parents, the sensitive children prepared to learn from their mistakes, and the daughter's shallow fiance. The sound and picture are as good as a film of its age could be.

Summarising, this is a DVD that every film fan should have in his collection.
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Initial post: 7 Mar 2014 12:57:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 13:00:02 GMT
P. G. Croft says:
I'm puzzled ! What has this release got, over the previous one from 2005? The presentation box may be 'modern', but misleading. It gives the false impression that it has been given a colourisation maker-over--but on the plus side , it is a lot cheaper than the 2005 offering. Do you know of any other difference's please? P G Croft UK

Posted on 13 Mar 2014 13:24:24 GMT
Blackadder says:
I notice there is a new Bluray edition coming out in 2014. These editions have tended to be in a 'square' aspect. Can you tell me if your particular edition is like this, and if it house subtitles?
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