Alec Guinness Collection (Kind Hearts and Coronets / The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man With the White Suit / The Captain's Paradise / The Ladykillers) (5-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 5
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 7 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 3, 2009
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Lions Gate
- 5-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, French
- Additional Release Material:
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- Additional Text:
- Alec Guinness Bio
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|Directed by||Charles Crichton, Alexander Mackendrick, Anthony Kimmins & Robert Hamer|
This collection of classic comedies from the late 1940s and '50s includes some of Sir Alec Guinness's best work. Recent generations may know him best as Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Star Wars series, but this set of first-rate films proves what comic cinephiles have known for decades: that Guinness was an English actor as versatile, nuanced, and comedically adept as Peter Sellers. For a taste of Guinness's brilliance, here's the opportunity to see some of his greatest hits in one place: KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT, THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, THE CAPTAIN'S PARADISE, and THE LADYKILLERS, a classic that has been remade by the Coen Brothers. See individual titles for complete details.
Five classic comedies starring the iconic Alec Guinness (STAR WARS, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI)
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB: Bank clerk Henry Holland (Guinness) devises a plot to steal a fortune in gold from his own bank. But when Henry and his odd accomplice (Stanley Holloway) decide to melt the gold into souvenir Eiffel Towers to smuggle them into France, the result turns hilariously disastrous! KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS: Following his mother's death, Edwardian gentleman Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) plots to avenger her by seizing the dukedom of the aristocratic d'Ascoyne family. To gain this inheritance, Louis must first murder a line of eccentric heirs to the title - all played brilliantly by Alec Guinness - in this delightful comedy named the Sixth Best British Film of All Time by the British Film Institute. THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT: Guinness delivers one of his most beloved performances as Sidney Stratton, an eccentric chemist who one day invents a fiber that never wrinkles, wears out or gets dirty. However, when mill owners realize his invention will destroy their industry, Sidney suddenly becomes the most hunted man in the nation. THE CAPTAIN'S PARADISE: Henry St. James (Guinness) is the captain of an international ferryboat who secretly enjoys one wife in Gibraltar and another in Tangier. But when the captain becomes careless with anniversary gifts, his personal paradise sails into some uncharted territory! THE LADYKILLERS: Called "one of the greatest comedies ever made" (Entertainment Weekly), this black comedy showcases Guinness as Professor Marcus, mastermind of a gang of vicious bank robbers. The gang rents a room from an elderly widow who appears harmless, but when she begins to meddle in their "perfect crime ," they realize she may pose the biggest threat of all.
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