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Michael Powell (Age of Consent, Stairway to Heaven) (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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  • Actors: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough
  • Directors: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
  • Writers: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell, Norman Lindsay, Peter Yeldham
  • Producers: Emeric Pressburger, George R. Busby
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 6 2009
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001IZNIV4
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As part of the legendary filmmaking team known as "The Archers," Michael Powell, in partnership with Emeric Pressburger, created a string of masterpieces that continue to dazzle and enchant audiences the world over. A Matter Of Life And Death (Stairway To Heaven) is one of the highlights of their incredible body of work. The film tells the story of a British airman (David Niven) who must plead his case in Heaven's court so he may return to Earth to be with the woman he loves (Kim Hunter). Age Of Consent, the last feature film directed by Michael Powell, stars James Mason as a frustrated painter who seeks new inspiration in Australia - and finds it in the form of a young island girl (Helen Mirren). Eagerly awaited, these two treasures, available for the first time on DVD, belong in every movie lover's collection.

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A true marvel, A Matter of Life and Death is one of the best films by the storied English filmmaking team known as the Archers: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Among other felicities, this 1946 fantasy has one of the most crackling opening ten minutes of any movie you'll ever see: after a deceptively dreamy prologue, we are thrown into the conversation between an airman (David Niven) whose torched plane is about to crash in the English Channel, and an American military radio operator (Kim Hunter) operating the radio on the ground. Their touching exchange, made urgent by his imminent death, is breathtakingly visualized (you have never seen a WWII plane interior quite as vividly as this). What follows is glorious: Niven's death has been missed by an otherworldly collector (Marius Goring)--all that thick English fog, you know--and so he gets to argue his case for life before a heavenly tribunal. The heaven sequences are in pearly black-and-white, the earthly material in stunning Technicolor (the color is the cause of a particularly good in-joke). The Powell-Pressburger brief on behalf of humanity is both romantic and witty, and the wonderful cast is especially enriched by Roger Livesey (the star of Powell and Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), as a doctor with a camera obscura and an enormous heart.

Age of Consent, the other film in this two-disc set, comes from a much later period in Powell's career--indeed, close to the end of it. Made on a low budget in Australia in 1969, the movie depicts a disenchanted painter (James Mason) finding renewal in the isolation of an island and the beauty of the young woman (Helen Mirren) who models for him. The salt-and-pepper authority of Mason and the nubile freshness of Mirren give pleasure, although the theme is too on-the-nose (and Jack MacGowran's comic relief too broad) for a really subtle take on Powell's part. Extras include a seven-minute Martin Scorsese comment for AMOLAD, and a commentary track on that film by Powell-Pressburger authority Ian Christie; Scorsese chimes in again for Age of Consent, as does Helen Mirren, whose memories of her first movie are specific and fond. Kent Jones contributes the commentary track, a 10-minute interview with underwater photographers Ron and Valerie Taylor includes some Mirren comments, and a 16-minute making-of documentary gives some flavor of the set, including the memories of Powell's son Kevin. --Robert Horton

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Terribly disappointed that DVD will NOT play on my player as it is in PAL format. There is no warning on the product description other than that the product is imported from UK. I naively assumed that a dvd sold by Amazon.ca for the Canadian market was viewable in Canada. I did not return the disc as the cost was not worth the hassle. I watched it once on my computer and filed it away.
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...I'm a little disappointed with the picture quality but this is the only DVD choice that I could find. It's OK considering that and you'll certainly see lots of Helen swimming and posing totally nude..which is wonderful. Not much of a plot to this and the nudity is almost wholesome since it's never connected with love making. Helen was 23 or 24 at the time and her body is silicone-free voluptuous perfection. And she still looks FAB at 70 btw.
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Stairway to Heaven is one of the undiscovered gems of classic cinema. Age of Consent is an opportunity to see Helen Mirren in a performance early in her career. Both movies are staples in any cinema fans library.
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I loved it when I first saw it, and the acting by David Niven and Raymond Massey was as expected, great. I love the entire plot, the way the after life is depicted, and it does make a guy wonder. A good movie to think about, with good solid acting, and a plot that maybe predictable, but is still nice to see unfold.
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Excellent sur toute la ligne. Produit de première qualité et expédié rapidement !
Exactement comme promis et selon la réputation du fournisseur.
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