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Brief Encounter (Full Screen)


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  • Actors: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Writers: David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Noel Coward, Ronald Neame
  • Producers: Anthony Havelock-Allan, Noel Coward, Ronald Neame
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: June 27 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780023420
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,738 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on May 11 2004
Format: DVD
1946's Brief Encounter, directed by David Lean (of Doctor Zhivago fame, which he would later direct in 1965) is a great film full of subtlety, romance and melancholia. Shot in black and white, this film is almost a signature of the 40's, as was the more popular and successful Casablanca. Without mention of World War II, this film deals with internal struggles of the heart. Cecila Johnson stars as the romantic heroine, a married woman and Trevor Howard the love interest, a married doctor. Though it's apparent they are disenchanted with their marriages and they are in love with each other, they never fully give in to a passionate affair. It's a romance that is mostly feelings and emotions, furtive glances, sighs, talk and regular meetings that are brief in a train station.
David Lean is experimenting with many techniques, particularily intimate angles and interior monologue. No film can ever top his Doctor Zhivago, but this film is at least second best and good for its time in 1946. There is a particularly impressive scene in which the lovers are interrupted and Celia Johnson's character must take a train trip with a very chatty, annoying woman friend. The older woman chatters away and we tap into Celia's thoughts. "I wish she would stop talking.. I wish she were dead" (I thought this was hilarious because we are wishing the same thing by that point)....but then she reprimands herself and comes to the conclusion, after a tiring day, that life does not last, that nothing really lasts forever, neither happiness nor despair. It's very poignant. Another reason besides the great acting and the story itself is the fact that Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, regarded as his finest, is played in this film. The dramatic, romantic storm that is the first movement, followed by a melancholy adagio, is very effective for this type of film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JKO on June 14 2002
Format: DVD
This has to be one of my favourite films of all times. The script is superb, the acting unrivalled and the atmosphere electric. Everything about it is just wonderful. Everything that is except this DVD. Is it just me, or has anyone else found that the transfer to DVD is simply appalling? I have bought 3 copies of this disc from 3 different suppliers, only to find on each one that the picture continually washes from light to almost pitch black every few seconds throughout the film. None of the other reviews here mention this fact, but I can't believe it's just been my bad luck. What a shame. I've been waiting for this movie for on DVD for a long time, but it's a waste of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Paul Moon on March 21 2003
Format: DVD
Well before Adrian Lyne's morality tales about adultery came this David Lean non-epic that didn't burst, early into the film, with sexual aggression. Rather, that subtle pain of nervous tension, between adults who are attracted to each other but who are not allowed to act on it, is brought to life in an age of innocence and rules.
Lean's style is stylistic in subtle doses (we can neither forget the atmosphere of the train station, nor the tilting camera when suicide almost happens). It is a compact, Lean (pun intended) narrative that had to be, immediately upon completion, an eternal masterpiece.
This Criterion Collection DVD bears an excellent transfer; it must have coincided with the new print I saw at the American Film Institute National Theater in Washington. However, unlike most Criterion DVDs, there is very little in the nature of extras, other than a commentary track and a brief description of the restoration process. (That is to say, no documentary.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By right on Aug. 19 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I purchsed this on amazon and it was sent from England. Their system for playing DVDs does not work on our system - they use PAl . Therefore I couldn't play it . I returned this back to England and still am awaiting resolution to this problem. Why on earth would Amazon.ca offer their customers to purchase a dvd which they must have known wouldn't work here.
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By M.A.Smelt on July 14 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of my favorite films.
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By Wendy Owen on March 6 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
the movie was well done, but I was disappointed with the story.
after hearing about it in 'Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont' I expected it to be sadder.

W Owen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cinephile on Dec 16 2002
Format: DVD
This is a classic tearjerker. I first saw this movie late one night when I was in college on my local PBS station. I knew from the moment it started it was a title that I must add to my video collection.
It is a simple tale that makes whole the saying, "It is better to have loved and lost then not to love at all." The characters are two "common" people (doctor and housewife, respectively) that find in one another what they lack in their individual married lives (we really don't have much of a clue as to what these are -- but it really doesn't matter -- the story is about them).
This movie was adapted from the play originally from Noel Coward; so particularly the train station scenes are obviously stagy; but what David Lean did (which I found out from the commentary) was open up the film with exterior shots of the couple "in town."
Overall it is lovely telling picture that I highly recommend. Criterion has yet again done a magnificent job with the digital transfer making you feel like you are back in the Cineplex of the mid-late 1940's experiencing this film. Of course, this is without the big-screen. So curl onto your couch with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy while the rain hits the window . . .
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