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4.0 out of 5 stars Ealings dark corner, 20 Mar 2006
This review is from: Criterion Coll: Kind Hearts & Coronets [DVD] [1949] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This and the ladykillers are the only 2 of Ealings output that have really stood the test of time and theres a very good reason for it. As a young man sets about bumping off the various pompous members of the D'Ascoyne family you delight as each upper class twit meets their gruesome end and it seems that nothing will stand in his way, so far so the same as ladykillers but whereas Guiness is the villain in that film,here he plays all the hapless members of the doomed family and the ending here is not the same all too convenient 'happy' good prevails but rather a dark and surprising twist that leaves you rooting for the bad guy and regretting his failure.
To be honest I could really happily live with just catching this on its occassional tv airings but what sets this package up as one to buy is Criterions usual eye for detail. If you've bought one of their dvds before then you dont need me to tell you that they've done everything humanly possible to get their mitts on the best available print and then polished it until it shines.But what matters here is disc 2 that contains a facinating 70 min doc. on Ealing studios and a rare tv appearance by Guiness,a 75 min q&a with Michael Parkinson,(seeing them both talk about Guiness' 'latest' film role in a promising new film called star wars is great stuff),.These 2 make this worth the entry price alone but with a buffed up main feature and very interesting written essay this is one well worth crossing the pond for.(don't forget you'll need a multi-region dvd player to play it.)
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