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Screen Icons: Dirk Bogarde [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jack Warner, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern, Sylvia Sims, James Fox
  • Directors: Basil Dearden, Charles Crichton, Joseph Losey, Philip Leacock
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2KS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box-set featuring classic Dirk Bogarde movies. In 'Accident' (1967) Two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor Stephen's (Bogarde) house. The lecturer finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meetings. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a Sunday dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out from the relationship. In 'The Servant' (1963) James Fox plays a wealthy American who has escaped from his homeland in the wake of Communist paranoia. He returns to England from a holiday in Europe, buys a handsome Georgian townhouse and employs Bogarde as a house-keeper. However, Bogarde becomes steadily more pervasive and manages to engineer a role-reversal, which results in him achieving control of his master. 'The Blue Lamp' (1949) Sergeant Dixon (Jack Warner) is shot and killed while teaching a new recruit (Jimmy Hanley) the ropes. Police and some of the West London criminal fraternity hunt down his killer (Bogarde) in this classic British police story. 'The Sleeping Tiger' (1954) sees a psychiatrist bring a criminal into his home as an experiment, after catching him red-handed but sadly the psychiatrist's wife falls in love with the crook. 'Victim' (1961) stars Bogarde as a Q.C. with a past he's tried to bury. Now married, he has tried to forget a homosexual affair, but finds he cannot escape it when he receives a phone call from his former lover. His lover, Jack Barret (Peter McEnery), has been arrested by police for theft.

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A seven-movie boxed set containing a good cross-section of Bogarde's earlier work, mostly from his contract years with Rank, and before he became the darling of continental art-house cinema. Some are very early classics (The Blue Lamp, The Spanish Gardener), some are from his long association with Joseph Losey who was in the UK during the USA blacklisting era and sometimes directing under an assumed name. Accident has dated quite badly, and now appears pretentious, with the normally reliable Stanley Baker glaringly miscast as a university don. Victim is still a magnificent piece of cinema, the stand-out dvd in the box, and the first mainstream film to treat homosexuality seriously, with a risky role for Bogarde as a blackmailed closet-gay lawyer, as he was not "out" at the time, homosexuality was illegal, and the Wolfenden Report was still in the future. The Servant shows his dark side to great effect, with gay undertones which perhaps the viewing public did not pick up on at the time.
There's also a revealing interview with Bogarde as a bonus. The Sleeping Tiger was never a good film, with risible plotting, and time has not improved it - it's one of the studio pot-boilers he derides in the interview, from the time when he says he was offered nothing but young tearaway roles. But overall, a worthwhile box and recommended.
Chris Gwilliam
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This smart box set of seven films comes with an eighteen-page booklet of extracts from John Coldstream's biography of this fine actor, including twelve plates. (I thought it so good, I went ahead and bought the book!) Anyway, what films does this box contain? Well, a fair old mixture from 1950's `Blue Lamp' to 1967's `Accident', so covering a fair period of his acting career. It's interesting that in these films Bogarde plays either a villain or a victim. What does this say about Bogarde the man?

Dirk was already twenty-nine when he made THE BLUE LAMP (Basil Dearden), a crime drama in postwar London, but his youthful good-looks consistently allowed him to play parts far younger than his actual years. Dirk appeared third on the cast list and played a criminal `delinquent' (to use the terminology of the voiceover) with a Cockney accent who sinks deeper into a life of crime, coming out with phrases like "You don't know nothin', understand?" His was not a complex role - a bad man who turns badder - but there is still scope for his skills to shine as becomes ever more desperate. Ah, life was so different then (apparently), with bobbies on beats night and day, when troubles could be sorted by a nice cup of tea, and children could play unsupervised in the streets and on bombsites. According to Coldstream, the film caused great shock when it was first released, featuring as it does the killing of a policeman. Guess who pulls the trigger? There are no extras on this disc.

The next disc is HUNTED (Charles Crichton) of 1952 also has no extras. Here Dirk got top billing, playing another baddie in another bombed area of London.
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It was a good idea indeed to collect some films starring Dirk Bogarde. He was in my eyes an excellent, sensitive actor that could convey feelings and emotions in a special way. This collection includes seven films, most of them antological: The Blue Lamp, Hunted, The Sleeping Tiger, The Spanish Gardener, Victim, Accident, and that masterpiece called The Servant.
The price for this collection was low, but I think at a cost. There are no texts in these films at all, which make it difficult and extremely irritating to understand the dialogues for those of us who do not have English as mother tongue. I would not expect them to be translated to several languages, but simply add English text for the hearing impaired? I personally would gladly have paid more for this collection, if texts had been included. The sound is not all that great either, but it could be our computer's fault (I doubt it).
Having said this, I would like to add that the choice of films has been quite good.
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I think anyone who is a fan of Dirk Bogarde would really enjoy this box set. It is a very good collection of some of his finest films at a very competitive price. These films are rarely aired on TV so that is another good reason to purchase this item.
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Pleased with 6 but the 7th DVD 'Accident' is faulty and can not be played.
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