Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|History at the Movies|
Actors: Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, John Mills
Directors: Alexander Korda, Victor Saville
Good Value for the History Buff
Remus | 12/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Among these nine movies, the quality of storytelling (and DVD transfers) vary, but this boxed set is a good value for anyone interested in vintage historical flicks, especially considering that some of these films are virtually impossible to find anywhere else. Contents include:
*HENRY VIII AND HIS SIX WIVES (movie version of the classic British TV series)
*FIRE OVER ENGLAND with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
*SINS OF ROME with Massimo Girotti as Spartacus
*EAGLE IN A CAGE about Napolean in exile, with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson
*CONSTANTINE AND THE CROSS with Cornel Wilde as the first Christian emperor
*LADY HAMILTON about the lover of Lord Horatio Nelson
*SARABANDE FOR DEAD LOVERS a romance about King George of England
*THE IRON DUKE with George Arliss as the Duke of Wellington
*SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC starring John Mills (with a score by Vaughn Williams!)"
Why I fell in love with Stewart Granger!!!
F. S. L'hoir | Irvine, CA | 06/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD for one reason only: "Sarabande for Dead Lovers," which I saw as a kid at least 12 times. Unfortunately, it is not available elsewhere, in its pristine beauty. Despite the dreadful deterioration of the print, "Sarabande" is still revealed as a splendid historical J. Arthur Rank epic. Based upon A.E.W. Mason's historical novel, "Koenigsmark", "Sarabande" concerns the tragic life of Sofia Dorothea of Celle (the silken-voiced and beautiful red-haired Joan Greenwood), who is locked in a loveless marriage with the loutish and gross Elector of Hanover, Georg Louis, who becomes George I, of England, but not before he locks his unloved wife in a tower for life. The reason? Her love affair with Philip Christopher von Koenigsmark (Stewart Granger at his most suavelicious!). Their tragic affair is thwarted by the aging once-beautiful red-haired Countess Clara von Platen (Flora Robson--the Helen Mirren of her day), abetted by a sinister Anthony Quayle. Completing the cast is the outstanding French actress, Francoise Rosay, as the Electress of Hanover, who has renounced all emotion in the name of Royal Obligation.
It is such a shame that this film was not rescued before it disintegrated. The performances of the cast speak for themselves, but, unfortunately, one has to intuit the glorious color of the costumes and the richness of the settings in their lost magnificence."
History, occassionally hysterical often excellent
Highlander | Scotland | 05/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation is excellent value. The Six Wives of Henry V111 itself is well worth the price but their are other first rate movies. Many are in black and white but this often adds to the charm and gives them a more authentic feel i.e. they look as if they were filmed at the time they took place! One note that struck me was the performance of Laurence Olivier in Fire over England, absolutely terrible! Talk about hamming it up! By comparision any of Errol Flynn's performances in similar roles e.g. The Sea Hawk show that for sheer screen charisma he leaves Olivier far behind. This DVD is enjoyable and watchable, highly recommended."
A miexed bag.
Dr. Fernando Cordova | San Juan, Puerto Rico United States | 05/03/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation has some excellent films, like the Henry VIII, Scott of the Antartic, Saraband for Dead Lovers(This last unfortunately in rather poor quality)Others are not as good, but none of them is a complete turkey, and all have some interest for historical film buffs, and at this price it is a real bargain. You won't regret it."