David Lean Directs Noel Coward

Overview

British director David Lean often brought works based on the work of Noel Coward to the screen, and this box set compiles four of those movies including In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, and the revered romantic melodrama Brief Encounter.
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Overview

British director David Lean often brought works based on the work of Noel Coward to the screen, and this box set compiles four of those movies including In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, and the revered romantic melodrama Brief Encounter.
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive's 2008 restorations; Audio commentary on Brief Encounter by film historian Bruce Eder; New interviews with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films; Interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010; Short documentaries from 2000 on the making of In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter; David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career; Episode of the British television series The Southbank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward; Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between actor Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre; Trailers; PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Smith Nehme, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2012
  • UPC: 715515093316
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,854

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In Which We Serve
1. Opening Credits [2:41]
2. "The Story of a Ship" [7:09]
3. Air Attack [5:20]
4. Kinross Special [5:59]
5. Happy and Efficient [9:06]
6. "God Bless This Ship" [11:59]
7. Freda and Shorty [14:07]
8. "Carry on Firing" [8:46]
9. Casualties [3:16]
10. "No More Cautions" [7:55]
11. Brothers in Arms [8:08]
12. On Leave [9:27]
13. Bad News [10:35]
14. Telegrams [7:51]
15. End Credits [2:31]
16. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- This Happy Breed
1. Opening Credits [2:17]
2. Coming Home [10:35]
3. Celebration [4:47]
4. Christmas, 1925 [13:58]
5. General Strike [13:11]
6. The Facts of Life [11:55]
7. Ordinary and Respectable [9:34]
8. Queenie's Good-Bye [12:02]
9. An Accident [6:26]
10. Passing On [13:12]
11. Thoroughly Frightened [8:12]
12. Farewells [4:48]
13. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #3 -- Blithe Spirit
1. Once Upon a Time... [10:03]
2. Séance [14:45]
3. A Horrible Mistake [10:33]
4. "What's the Matter Now?" [11:53]
5. Exorcised [10:00]
6. Duel to the Death [7:44]
7. A Once Happy Couple [6:38]
8. Madame Arcati's Formula [6:35]
9. The More the Merrier [17:55]
10. Color Bars [:00]
1. The Master [14:10]
2. Modern Celebrity [10:02]
3. The War Years [10:04]
4. Moving On [10:49]
5. Retirement Age [5:33]
Disc #4 -- Brief Encounter
1. Milford Junction [10:55]
2. Home and Hearth [5:52]
3. "An Ordinary Day" [9:04]
4. Flames of Passion [12:19]
5. "A Lovely Afternoon" [11:21]
6. "Alec and Me" [11:12]
7. "Out of Hours" [11:11]
8. "I'm Going Away" [6:42]
9. Last Day [8:00]
10. Color Bars [:00]
1. Milford Junction [10:55]
2. Home and Hearth [5:52]
3. "An Ordinary Day" [9:04]
4. Flames of Passion [12:19]
5. "A Lovely Afternoon" [11:21]
6. "Alec and Me" [11:12]
7. "Out of Hours" [11:11]
8. "I'm Going Away" [6:42]
9. Last Day [8:00]
10. Color Bars [:00]
1. "A Very Bad Accountant" [14:16]
2. Robert Bolt [9:05]
3. Actors and Locations [5:32]
4. Costumes, Sets, and Camels [10:48]
5. A Cutter [8:49]
6. "A Terribly Lonely Job" [9:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- In Which We Serve
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Movie
   Barry Day
      Play
   A Profile of "In Which We Serve"
      Play
   Coward and Attenborough at the NFT
      Play
   Trailer
Disc #2 -- This Happy Breed
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Movie
   Barry Day
      Play
   The Golden Age
      Play
   Trailer
   Rerelease Trailer
Disc #3 -- Blithe Spirit
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Movie
   Barry Day
      Play
   The Southbank Show: "Noël Coward"
      Play
      Index
   Trailer
Disc #4 -- Brief Encounter
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Movie
   Commentary
      Commentary: Off
      Commentary: On
      Index
         Movie
      Movie
   Barry Day
      Play
   A Profile of "Brief Encounter"
      Play
   David Lean: A Self Portrait
      Play
      Index
   Trailer
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