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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Irene Browne, Maurice Denham, Percy Herbert, Lionel Jeffries
  • Directors: Robert Hamer, Alexander MacKendrick, Anthony Kimmins, Charles Frend, Henry Cass
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Stephen Mitchell, A.D. Peters
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 438.00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UWXM76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic collection of the early films of Alec Guinness. In the classic Ealing comedy, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), young Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) vows to take revenge on his family, the D'Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Alec Guinness) one by one, but complications set in when Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson), the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him. In 'Last Holiday' (1950), Guiness plays an agricultural salesman who finds out he has a short time to live. Taking a final holiday, he realises that he was actually a more interesting person than he allowed himself to be. In 'The Man In The White Suit' (1951), eccentric Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing. In 'The Captain's Paradise' (1953), Guinness stars as Mediterranean ferryboat Captain Henry St. James, who believes in the notion of 'a girl in every port'. For Henry has a wife on both sides of the water. There is Maude (Celia Johnson) in Gibraltar and Nita (Yvonne DeCarlo) in Tangiers. Everything is perfect as long as neither woman decides to visit the other port. In 'Barnacle Bill' (1957), Guiness plays retired Navy Captain Ambrose, who buys a decrepit amusement pier in 'Sandcastle-On-Sea' planning to turn it into a going concern. But when the local council object to the idea, planning to close the pier down, Ambrose has to use some lateral thinking to save the day.

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I have always been an admirer of Sir Alec Guinness and love his movies.

He was one of those Gentlemen Actors one rarely encounters these days and what's more, he was also highly gifted and multi-faceted in his profession.

This collection, or let's call it a tribute, contains some of his better performances in his earlier years.

Due to the age of the movies, they are all in plain Mono, but with an excellent sound quality. The transfer on DVD is immaculate, with just very minor defects, but nothing to go crazy about.

Many titles are so clear now, that any other version has become obsolete.

For all those, like me, who love this actor's work, this collection is simply a must and is well worth the money.
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Utterly brilliant collection of films by a worthwhile and truly great actor of his time and ours too. Kind hearts and Coronets is a well made film and a showcase of Guinness' many talents, relatively speaking! Man in White Suit is a true Ealing classic and has much to say on industrial greed and the machinations of business. Could say its dazzling and tailor made for Guinness talents!Barnacle Bill is worth a peer and has some fine comic moments as does Captains Table. But my personal favourite of this collection is without doubt the bitter sweet and fascinating Last Holiday. No wish you were here with this one but a cleverly constructed tale of falsely assumed morbidity and then a twist to end with. Plenty of great actors/actresses here to fill the screen and add plenty of flesh to the story. Even a moral here too. This film is unavailable singularly or anywhere else on DVD so this is a great opportunity to enjoy it on DVD.I never tire of watching this film,it has comic moments, irony, and a few glimpses of personal foibles thrown in for good measure.All in all this is a superb collection of films by a splendid actor. Missed yes but now able to enjoy a well earned place in anyones DVD collection.You could say you can now enjoy a pint of Guinness at anytime now!
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Sir Alec Guinness was a very versatile actor, best exemplified by his roles in David Lean's two Dickens films, the lovable Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations and the wily, villainous Fagin in Oliver Twist. He is also remembered as a frequent presence in the golden comedies of Ealing Studios, two of which are featured in this five-disc box set. In Kind Hearts And Coronets he plays all eight members of an aristocratic family whom an embittered relative (played by Dennis Price) vows to eliminate. Sir Alec's performance is a tour de force unmatched in the history of the cinema. In The Man In The White Suit he is perfectly cast as a humble inventor who (with disastrous consequences) develops a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out. A later Ealing film, Barnacle Bill, features Guinness as a seafarer forced to retire because of chronic seasickness. He takes charge of a dilapidated pier in a seaside resort and turns it into a cruise ship at anchor. Despite some amusing sequences this is a comedy that never quite gets off the ground. Even weaker is The Captain's Paradise. Guinness plays the captain of a ferry ship with a respectable, home-loving wife (Celia Johnson) in one port and a fiery, sexy wife (Yvonne de Carlo) in another. For once Guinness is not quite right for the part and the script lacks sharpness. The final film is quite a find - Last Holiday, scripted by no less than J B Priestley. The actor beautifully plays an unassuming agricultural implement salesman who is (wrongly) given a short time to live and decides to spend his savings on a holiday in a smart seaside hotel. Little regarded on its first release this has since garnered some deservedly approving reviews.
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It was great to see these old Alec Guinness films again. They are well worth purchasing, as the quality is very good and they cost so little per film (five films in all). Alec Guinness at his best!!
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I have reached the age when I look back with nostalgia. Alex Guinness was an iconic actor in my young days and it was great to see him again in some of the old films plus some that were new to me.
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