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Criterion Collection: If [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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The Palme DOr-winning British classic, If...s long wait for a DVD release is finally over, and the end result does it proud. Boasting commentaries, interviews and a quality documentary too, its a true collectors piece for fans of the film.
And make no mistake about it, its the superb movie thats the star here. If... is, for those new to it, set in a British public school, and from this setting it has plenty then to say on authority and society. Directed by the late, great Lindsay Anderson, the film centres on Mick Travis, magnetically portrayed by Malcolm McDowell.
Superbly marrying fantasy and more realistic elements, If... is packed with iconic, and often quite surreal moments, leading right up the to the famed and indelible ending that sticks long in your mind once the credits have rolled.
A strong, powerful influence for many who followed it, If... is powered by Malcolm McDowells astounding performance (which would earn him the part in Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange). Its arguable that hes never been better than he is here, and hes in good company, thanks to a top-quality supporting cast too.
Perhaps the greatest complement to If... though is that, decades after is initial release, its not only recognised as one of the finest British films ever made, but its regarded in many quarters as a classic of cinema full stop. And if youve not yet had the pleasure, this DVD release finally, belatedly, can open the film up to a whole new audience. Lets hope it does. --Jon Foster -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Amongst the greatest British films of the post-war years --Film 4
Punchy, poetic pic that delves into the epic theme of youthful revolt --Variety
A classic, a movie of real authority --Philip French, The Observer -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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As for the movie itself, it is both wondrous and wonderful. Having recently experienced the full might of the Justice system being perversely abused I fully engaged in Mick Travis and his friends' stunning revolt against hypocrisy and the vile depravity of the ruling class. "You look after the House and the House will look after you" offers the Headmaster. License to make documents go 'missing.'
If you are interested in the Extras on this one disc release I noted that the Menu stated that the interviews were carried out between February and March 2014.
Ah ... those were the days.
The CCF explosions I mean as the rest seems to have passed me by.
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