The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Edition no. 173

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ITV Global Entertainment
Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history, 1902 to 1942, only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Candy’s and she as young women of three consecutive generations—a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver—who inspire him. Colonel Blimp is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence, shot in gorgeous Technicolor.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9
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Supplements

  • Audio commentary featuring director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • New video introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • A Profile of "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," a twenty-four-minute documentary
  • Restoration demonstration, hosted by Martin Scorsese
  • Optimism and Sheer Will, a 2012 interview with editor Thelma Schonmaker Powell, Michael Powell
  • Gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production stills
  • Gallery tracing the history of David Low's original Colonel Blimp cartoons
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Molly Haskell

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Release Credits

Producer: Karen Stetler
Artwork: Fred Davis

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