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The Harry Palmer Collection, The [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Hugh Burden, Oscar Homolka, Eva Renzi
  • Directors: Sidney J. Furie, Guy Hamilton, Ken Russell, Douglas Jackson, George Mihalka
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Charles Kasher, Alexander Goloutva, John Dunning, André Link
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XH1NKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Celebrate Britain s best-loved spy in this classic collection. Michael Paine is Harry Palmer, the irrespresible secret agent turned private investigator. Follow his exploits over the globe, from taking on the Russian Mafia in Midnight in St Petersburg to combating chemical warfare in Bullet to Beijing . Also featuring Ipcress File , Funeral In Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain , the five film set you have you hooked.

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Yes the quality is uneven but overall this is a great set for Caine fans, BUT it is disgraceful in this day and age that subtitles for the hearing impaired could not have been added. It is so easy and cheap and not to do it is lazy and uncaring.
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The first two films are superb - classics (the Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin). The other three are barely watchable. The first two make you weep for what happened to the British film industry and its many brilliant actors: see Major Dalby, Colonel Ross, The Russian General, and the German black marketeer...let alone the great Caine.
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'Ipcress' is brilliant.
'Funeral' is good.
'Brain' is weird but watchable.
'Bullet' and 'Midnight' are abysmal.
That is all.
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Being of a certain age I can remeber the first 3 films quite well and they are just as good as I remember, the rest are a little under whelming and tend to take away some of the gloss of the earlier ones. If you want the best then buy the first 3 seperately, If you are a Caine fan who must have evrything he's ever done then ths is the set for you.
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I love these films-the 60's ones are cool classics which show the development of Michael Caine as a screen icon but are all good stories with great details and the sense that Harry Palmer (the everyman Bond) was hampered in doing his job by bureaucracy, the old boys network and departmental in fighting-these are on-going themes for anybody who has ever worked in the public sector in the UK ;-)

The films from the 1990's are also worth a watch not as iconic as the first batch perhaps but still well plotted and have a decent atmosphere.
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Classic - better than James Bond, especially the later Bonds - ie post Connery.

Harry Palmer is such a great character and he is so well acted by Michael Caine - not a lot of people knew that!
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The Ipcress File is easily the best film from the collection with a great story and cast.Though the rest of the collection is not of the same high standard Micheal Caines presence and wit make them an enjoyable view.
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I love these old Harry Palmer spy movies starring Michael Caine,cynical and disenchanted in his shabby old raincoat,working for M16 during the Cold War years,and I have always felt that they were a much more realistic presentation of how things really were,than their glossy Bond, tongue-in-cheek counterparts.They also had rather more humour in them than Alec Guinness's sombre renderings of the John LeCarre ":George Smiley" stories!
I strongly believe that the one big thing that makes these fascinating storylines work,and work well,is the nature of Michael Caine himself. His upbringing in the East end of a stil smashed up war torn London,gave him the rough edge and the ability to survive in a gritty environment,and this shows to advantage in each of the films. He was an inspired piece of film casting! .I believe that although many will say he went on to better things,and awards,this series of lims will remain the lasting epitaph to a great actor,who incidentally, is still working!
Qualitywise,the collection is of excellent quality,represents great value,and should sit on the shelves of any serious film buff,or student of how troubled the Cold W#ar days really were. Buy with confidence
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