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on 11 March 2014
Blimp - giving his name to 'a blimp', meaning a certain kind of obsolete, puffed-up bore - is met as an aged leader of the Home Guard. The film then flashes back to the end of the 19th Century, when he was a dashing chap, and he meets and befriends a young German officer. It runs from there, back through the part where we met him (but from another angle) and on to the end of the film. We are taken through two world wars, and throughout Candy (played by Livesey) never loses his humanity or his principles. It is a moving film, but not mawkish; heroic but not posturing and well worth getting. It portrays as clearly as it is possible to portray, a particular British attitude of the past.

A Matter of Life and Death is magical, whimsical and another of these Pressberger oddities that should not be missed. It puts Love above all else, in a phantasy in which Niven survives a shot-up bomber by mistake (a fog means that the French Angel sent to collect him fails to find him). By the time the Frenchman has found him, Niven has fallen in love with a young WAAF and she with him, providing his defence in a heavenly court. Charming, at times gripping. I love this film too.
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on 15 January 2015
"The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" is another of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's excellent films, with superb acting, particularly from Roger Livesey and Anton Walbrook. "A Matter of Life and Death" I would personally give four stars to (again, one of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's films) but perhaps not quite as brilliant as "Colonel Blimp" or "Black Narcissus." Why not also try "I Know Where I'm Going" - a more modest film, but equally wonderful - a real weepie, not because of sadness, but pure happiness.
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on 6 September 2007
I'm not sure which film is better, more touching or more in tune with Britain in the 1942-6 period than these two absolute gems.

'A Matter of Life and Death' pits the dashing David Niven against death: he falls to earth in his warplane during WW2, his plane wrecked beyond repair, and the girl on the radio tells him not to worry...he falls in love only to find he's dead. Someone up in heaven has made an error, and only with the help of an angel (reminiscent of 'It's Wonderful Life') can he sort out whether or not love will prevail...it's called 'Stairway to Heaven' in the USA, which gives you a clue as to one of the more mmeorable sequences, accompanied by suitably unnerving music...

'Blimp' is an absolute masterpiece, with Roger livesey's best performance against the dazzling Deborah Kerr, both of them pulled through forty years of Empire and the realisation that the war against Hitler is life or death - it could almost have been given the same title as the Niven film.

A DVD in which both films display why Michael Powell and emeric Pressburger are two of the most enduring British film-makers of all time.
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on 16 November 2016
A Matter of Life and Death is an all-time favourite of mine - wonderful film. No extras, but the addition of the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp was a real bonus and the quality of image etc. could not be faulted. Great buy!
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on 11 March 2017
The film is a masterpiece that gets better every time I watch it and the remastering is magnificent, probably the best I've ever seen. At this ridiculously cheap price it should be in everyone's collection. Highly recommended.
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on 27 May 2017
Excellent film,and well worth a watch,super quality original film transfer.
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on 19 May 2015
I particularly like The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. A Matter of Life and Death must be one of the more unusual films made. Excellent war-time propaganda....
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on 10 February 2015
Filmed in the 1940s during the last world war an old man is looking back on his long life filmed mainly in black and white with some co!our.
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on 29 October 2013
I consider early British films to be amongst the best screened for the time, and indeed any time. In these two there is excellent acting, excellent script and direction. Both have humour, drama and, perhaps, an idyllic moral.
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on 10 May 2017
A great buy and a true British classic. Meticulously restored in all it's Technicolor glory and a must-have for any serious movie-buff.
Highly recommended.
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