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on 20 May 2017
good selection of films
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on 24 September 2017
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on 4 August 2011
The Michael Caine Collection is a boxset of five films - and at under a tenner, represents great value for money. Here's a brief description of what is on each DVD:

The Ipcress File (1965) Michael Caine's first starring role. Unlike Bond, this film not only shows the excitement of being a secret agent, but also the tedium - such as filling out paperwork and shopping at the supermarket. It's a great film, with an iconic performance from Caine. A film that stands up to repeated viewings. There are no interesting extras on this disc, only the original trailer.

The Eagle Has Landed (1976) Here Caine play a Nazi who brings a small team of Germans to England to kidnap Winston Churchill. This film features many famous actors, including Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland (with a poor Irish accent), the very lovely Jenny Agutter, and Donald Pleasence doing a portrayal of Heinrich Himmler which I doubt anyone will ever top. There are no extras on this disc.

Educating Rita (1983) One of Caine's best ever performances. Julie Walters is fantastic too as student Rita. This was mainly filmed at the beautiful Trinity College (well worth a visit if you're in Dublin). The only extras here are the original UK and US trailers.

The Forth Protocol (1987) Here KGB agent Pierce Brosnan arrives in England with orders to blow up an airforce base - it's up to British agent Caine to stop him. Like The Ipcress File, this film also shows the unglamorous side of being a secret agent - we see Caine travelling on the London Underground and flying a model aeroplane with his son. This is not one of Caine's best films, but enjoyable nonetheless. Extras on the disc are a trailer and an interesting 28 minute "making of" documentary.

Without A Clue (1988) This is a Holmesian adventure with a difference, Michael Caine plays Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley is Dr Watson, but here it is Watson who is the genius. This film is somewhat underrated - possibly because it was released at a time when Granada TV were making superb Sherlock Holmes adaptations. But viewed now, one can see that it's actually a very good film. The period detail is excellent. The performances are top notch too (there's a cameo from comedy legend Peter Cook). There are no extras on this disc.

The picture and sound quality is very good on all films, except The Ipcress File which has a slightly grainy picture (but wont hinder your enjoyment of the film). All films have English subtitles. The boxset I received has slightly different packaging to the one pictured above. The five discs are housed in a single DVD case, which is just under 2.5cm wide - so wont take up much space on your shelf and should fit easily through your letterbox when delivered.

If you're a fan of Michael Caine, and you don't already own these films on DVD, then I highly recommend this collection.
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on 19 December 2001
Every one of these films is a gem and three of them (Ipcress File, Educating Rita and Without a Clue) are well worth 5 star ratings on their own. I will go into why this doesn't get 5 stars later but first here are a few details of the films in the boxed set.
The Ipcress File - a shamefully overlooked masterpiece of the Cold War spy intelligence genre. Caine plays Harry Palmer who - shock horror- not only wears glasses but cooks! At the time the film was made this was an extremely daring move to make and very much against stereotype. It is not an action film as such and is not another James Bond film but for me is can hold is own against any of the 007 series. It looks excellent, moody and atmospheric and iwth lots of interesting camera angles. It also has an excellent supporting cast. Top thriller and Caine is excellent.
Educating Rita - Another brilliant film, largely a 2 man show between Caine and Julie Walters, both of whom are superb. Caine plays a drink sodden lecturer who attmepts to teach English Literature to a working class hair dresser. Take it from me, it's a classic.
The Eagle has Landed - it's a war film! Caine plays a Nazi officer who leads a team of German special forces to assassinate Winston Churchill in wartime Britain. Probably the weakest of the films here but that is very much a relative judgement as it is a very good film in it's own right. The sort of thing you watch over the Christmas holidays or on a Saturday afternoon. Look out for Donald Sutherland as an IRA man who aids the Nazis and Larry Hagman as an American officer.
Without a Clue - I know few people who have seen this film, which is a great shame as it's a wonderful comedy that works on the premise that Sherlock Holmes was and incompetant actor hired by Dr Watson as a glamorous front to his detective outfit. Caine plays Holmes and Ben Kingsley shows that he is also a very funny man as Watson. I laughed. A lot. Jeffrey Jones (much underrated American character actor) plays Lestrade. Best line (among many best lines) = "I've got it! His real name is Arty Morty!".
So... why only 4 stars. Nothing to do with the films. It's the DVD's. the DVD's are from Carlton and the thing they seem to have in common with all DVD's from Carlton is that a) there are no special features (sorry, i don't count scene access as a special feature) and b) there is no real improvement in terms of picture and sound quality over the VHS version. Basically what you are getting here is 4 VHS videos that happen to play in your DVD player rather than youe video. Having said that, at this price it seems a little stingy to complain but it would have been nice to have had some extra fun to round things off and I think that generally Carlton need to get their act together.
In conclusion - classic films worth 5 stars on their own but the DVDs may as well be VHS tapes. But at this price...
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on 31 December 2009
The Ipcress File is the real stand out film in this box-set, closely followed by Educating Rita. The rest of them are fairly average, there are many much better Caine films that could have been pooled together. However chances are most Caine fans will already own most of his classics are are looking through his back catalogue for some of his forgotten roles. This collection is more aimed at them.
Overall entertaining enough but you'd better have a good reason for getting this box-set over this one Michael Caine Collection (Sleuth/The Italian Job/Alfie/Zulu/Funeral in Berlin) [DVD] [1978]
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on 10 November 2012
Micheal Caine at his best, The Fourth Protocol with Brosnan,and The Eagle has Landed with a great cast, adventure and excitement all the way, The Ipcress File the same but showing it's age. Without a Clue, with Ben Kingsly, more than a laugh a minute, they must have enjoyed making it. Educating Rita well they can be forgiven one "make weight" in a set,
Well worth the money.
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on 2 March 2014
Good value for money - quality as expected for the age of the films - sometimes the lesser than current quality adds to the atmosphere
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on 7 July 2015
Michael Caine stands out from the crowd - as usual.
Whatever character he plays seems real, and in this entertaining bunch of old movies you get full value for your money, and much more.
Old, yes, but well made and timeless.
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on 10 September 2009
A great box of vintage Michael Caine movies. The stories span more than 20 years, from pop culture, over iron curtain espionage to humoresque. Good quality sound and picture.
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on 13 September 2016
Michael Caine is the best and these are just some of the good films that he starred in. There are plenty more films out there so I expect more collections to come.
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