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The Terence Rattigan Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Gambon, Eric Porter, Colin Firth, Penelope Wilton
  • Directors: Alvin Rakoff, Hal Burton, Karel Reisz
  • Writers: Terence Rattigan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 792 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004VRL4DK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,042 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In his centenary year, the genius of playwright Terence Rattigan is at last being recognised and The Terence Rattigan Collection is an invaluable compendium of his finest work, performed by some outstanding casts.

Rattigan had a profound understanding of the human heart in all its complexity. He is the master of an emotional restraint which gives his work its unforgettable power and attracts, in this collection, star actors of the calibre of Sean Connery and Colin Firth, Penelope Wilton and Judi Dench, Ian Holm and Michael Gambon, Eric Porter and Geraldine McEwan. Among the plays included on this DVD are The Deep Blue Sea in which Hester Collyer sacrifices everything for a younger man who cannot return her love and The Browning Version in which a schoolmaster's emotional shell is cracked by an unexpected act of kindness.

In The Terence Rattigan Collection, great acting and great story-telling combine to make compulsive viewing.

Disc One

Heart to Heart (The Largest Theatre in The World)
The first in the “Largest Theatre in the World” series of plays, Heart to Heart centres around a TV interviewer determined to get a coup on a dodgy cabinet minister. Starring Kenneth More, Ralph Richardson, Derek Francis. Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Originally broadcast December 6, 1962.
Approx. 115 minutes

All On Her Own (A Touch of Venus)
Rosemary returns from a party to the empty Hampstead house where she has lived since the death of her husband, but was his overdose of sleeping pills purely accidental? She is going to try to find out.
Starring Margaret Leighton, Nora Gordon
Directed by Hal Burton
Originally broadcast September 25, 1968.
Approx. 19 minutes
NB: A series of 13 monologues for famous actresses.
BBC archive only shows All On Her Own

Disc Two
Separate Tables (BBC Play of the Month)
Loneliness, desire and repression are explored in the setting of a Bournemouth Hotel.
Starring Geraldine McEwan, Eric Porter, Annette Crosbie, Robert Harris, Hazel Hughes, Pauline Jameson, Cathleen Nesbitt
Originally broadcast March 15, 1970.
Approx. 93 minutes

French Without Tears (BBC Play of the Month)

The comic, sometimes painful, fallings-out of five young male English students at a residential language cramming establishment in France.
Starring Nicola Pagett, Michael Gambon, Anthony Andrews, Barbara Kellermann, Nigel Havers, Tom Woodward
Originally broadcast May 16, 1976.
Approx. 94 minutes

Disc Three
The Winslow Boy (BBC Play of the Month)
The term at Osborne Naval College is not yet over. Why, therefore, has cadet Ronnie Winslow returned home? And why, moreover, is he hiding in the garden in the rain?
Starring Alan Badel, Eric Porter
Directed by David Giles
Originally broadcast January 16, 1977.
Approx. 112 minutes

The Browning Version
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an aging classics master at a British public school with only a few days left in his career but who is suddenly forced to confront his own life’s failures.
Starring Judi Dench, Michael Kitchen, John Woodvine, Ian Holm
Directed by Michael A. Simpson
Originally broadcast December 31, 1985.
Approx. 74 minutes

Disc Four
After The Dance (Performance)
Set in the Mayfair Flat of a high living, hard drinking writer in 1938 this truthful play attacks the moral vacuity of the ‘bright young things’ unknowingly poised on the brink of war.
Starring Anton Rogers, Gemma Jones, Imogen Stubbs
Directed by Stuart Burge
Originally broadcast December 5, 1992.
Approx. 112 minutes

The Deep Blue Sea (Performance)
Middle-aged Hester Collyer suffers the dramatic personal consequences of a passionate affair with a young, ex-RAF pilot named Freddie Page.
Starring Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Carmel McSharry, Wojtek Pszoniak, Stephen Tomkinson, Edward Tudor-Pole, Penelope Wilton
Directed by Karel Reisz
Originally broadcast November 12, 1994.
Approx. 99 minutes

Disc Five
Adventure Story (BBC Sunday Night Theatre)
Rattigan’s own dramatic study of Alexander the Great. Starring Sean Connery, Margaretta Scott
Directed by Karel Reisz
Originally broadcast June 12, 1961.
Approx. 110 minutes

Special Features

  • Separate Tables at The Apollo: John Mills and Jill Bennett in a scene from Act 2 of Separate Tables at the Apollo Theatre.
  • Cause Célèbre at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Two extracts from Terence Rattigan's play Cause Célèbre, starring Glynis John, Neil Daglish, Charles Dore, Philip Bowen and Lee Montague. This was shot during a theatre preview at Her Majesty’s Theatre.


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