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Great film, great performances all round - the Criterion edition is the one to go for
on 10 January 2015
This concerns the Criterion Collection edition of the film.
First and foremost: though it is a US release and NTSC encoded, the DVD will play on a Region 2 DVD player. You do not need a multiregion device.
If you are a fan of the film or of Peter O'Toole and haven't yet seen this film: Don't hesitate to spend the extra money and buy the somewhat more expensive Criterion edition. You'll get to see the film in all of its glory and in its full length, with all the scenes that have been cut in other versions and/or for the theatrical release. And it's worth it. Surely this must be one of the funniest films ever made and one of the best performances of Mr. O'Toole. The supporting actors, all of them better known for their performances on stage than for their work in front of the camera, are absolutely wonderful to boot.
The extras are also great, especially the full length commentary by director Peter Medak, star Peter O'Toole and writer Peter Barnes.