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a taste of Britain's finest hours,
This review is from: The Huggetts Collection - Holiday Camp/Here Come The Huggetts/Vote For Huggett/The Huggetts Abroad [DVD] (DVD)
With many of the Ealing classics already released I've been waiting in anticipation for Gainsborough's Huggetts films to get the DVD treatment - and a fine job has been made of them too; many thanks to the team responsible. Nicely packaged 4 DVD's offset-stacked in a gatefold inside a slip case with a very informative 12 page booklet written by British comedy scholar Robert Ross. It's easy to take for granted just how good these films are; the direction and editing are transparent, the camera's always in the right place and the quick-fire dialogue is so expertly delivered you feel no sense of rehearsal at all; the timing is always spot on and you become aware you're watching players who have learned their craft and are showing you a tradition that has it's roots in music hall where genuine talent flourished.
As a 60's child these films portray a time unknown to me but a comfortable familiarity stems from my fond memories of watching old British films with my dad and that is the link for people of my generation to a Britain that has sadly gone. If a comment is made that these films are dated I would suggest that this is the appeal and is what makes these documents of another time so special.
Even with just a casual interest in old British films you won't be disappointed with this purchase.
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Initial post: 14 May 2009 05:35:02 BDT
I think everybody misses that Britain of quite dignity and wholesome living
Posted on 15 May 2010 22:20:49 BDT
Marc-David Jacobs says:
Have recently (early 2010) received the set in question, and definately agree with most all of the above review. A wonderful set of late Gainsborough films of excellent quality, production values and cast.
However, thought I would mention for all prospective buyers that the 'very informative 12 page booklet written by British comedy scholar Robert Ross', which Russ found so rewarding and which I for one had looked forward to, is apparently no longer included with the set. Perhaps this explains the cheaper price. (Perhaps here also worth mentioning as a corrolary that the packaging has changed, with all four discs economically set in a single DVD case, rather than as a 'gatefold inside a slip case'.) While I appreciate the lower cost, still seems a shame that they couldn't have added the booklet notes to one of the DVDs themselves, alongside the cast and crew biographies (included on the The Huggets Abroad and Holiday Camp DVDs, respectively).
Still, overall no regrets about the purchase; it's the films you should be after anyways, and at excellent value for money regardless.
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