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5.0 out of 5 stars Five films from one of England's greatest actors, 4 Aug 2011
This review is from: The Michael Caine Collection [DVD] (DVD)
The Michael Caine Collection is a boxset of five films - and at under a tenner, represents great value for money. Here's a brief description of what is on each DVD:

The Ipcress File (1965) Michael Caine's first starring role. Unlike Bond, this film not only shows the excitement of being a secret agent, but also the tedium - such as filling out paperwork and shopping at the supermarket. It's a great film, with an iconic performance from Caine. A film that stands up to repeated viewings. There are no interesting extras on this disc, only the original trailer.

The Eagle Has Landed (1976) Here Caine play a Nazi who brings a small team of Germans to England to kidnap Winston Churchill. This film features many famous actors, including Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland (with a poor Irish accent), the very lovely Jenny Agutter, and Donald Pleasence doing a portrayal of Heinrich Himmler which I doubt anyone will ever top. There are no extras on this disc.

Educating Rita (1983) One of Caine's best ever performances. Julie Walters is fantastic too as student Rita. This was mainly filmed at the beautiful Trinity College (well worth a visit if you're in Dublin). The only extras here are the original UK and US trailers.

The Forth Protocol (1987) Here KGB agent Pierce Brosnan arrives in England with orders to blow up an airforce base - it's up to British agent Caine to stop him. Like The Ipcress File, this film also shows the unglamorous side of being a secret agent - we see Caine travelling on the London Underground and flying a model aeroplane with his son. This is not one of Caine's best films, but enjoyable nonetheless. Extras on the disc are a trailer and an interesting 28 minute "making of" documentary.

Without A Clue (1988) This is a Holmesian adventure with a difference, Michael Caine plays Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley is Dr Watson, but here it is Watson who is the genius. This film is somewhat underrated - possibly because it was released at a time when Granada TV were making superb Sherlock Holmes adaptations. But viewed now, one can see that it's actually a very good film. The period detail is excellent. The performances are top notch too (there's a cameo from comedy legend Peter Cook). There are no extras on this disc.

The picture and sound quality is very good on all films, except The Ipcress File which has a slightly grainy picture (but wont hinder your enjoyment of the film). All films have English subtitles. The boxset I received has slightly different packaging to the one pictured above. The five discs are housed in a single DVD case, which is just under 2.5cm wide - so wont take up much space on your shelf and should fit easily through your letterbox when delivered.

If you're a fan of Michael Caine, and you don't already own these films on DVD, then I highly recommend this collection.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2011 10:25:22 BDT
Thank you! Very helpful review. Notes on films, on extras, info about PQ and subtitles. A lot of reviewers should learn from this example.

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 09:43:06 BDT
It would also be helpful if you would clarify the aspect ratio of each film. Thanks for the information you did share though.
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