"Age of Consent is long overdue and a delightful film to see. As with some films of that vintage set in Australia, it has an English director and stars, but the native joy of the novel by Norman Lindsay (the painter in Sirens) shines through. James Mason plays the painter who spends a season on a remote Queensland island, and finds a youngish (and solidly built) Helen Mirren to paint. Most of the film is fluff, except for a nasty turn by Mirren's mother, but Powell's light touch is perfect and you get to spend time in an astonishingly beautiful corner of Oz. Actually, watching this film feels like taking a holiday. Recommended."
Greatest unknown film maker's double bill
Doug Murray | 03/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was introduced to Michael Powell's work by a friend who loved 'The Red Shoes'. Although I dislike musicals, that film had such visual poetry that I loved it the instant I saw it. I have made it a point to see his other films wherever possible and 'Stairway to Heaven', seen several times on TV, was always a favorite. Oddly, it has never been available in any video format--until now. This double feature has a pristine print of Stairway which remains a favorite and a film everyone should see. Accompanying it is Powell's final film--'Age of Consent', which I had never before seen. It features a fine, measured performance by James Mason--and a first-time showing by Helen Mirren. Viewing these and Powell's other films show just how good this man was. I find it amazing that one film--'Peeping Tom', derailed his career so completely. In any case, this is a great DVD with two amazing films--and when you see them, you will seek out his other works. "
It's about time.
Sanford Lustig | Bayonne, NJ USA | 03/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have waited way to long for this film(Stairway to Heaven). A lot of my collection is about films memories from my childhood.This is a major player.The images from this film have stayed with me since the first time I saw it on TV. This is one of the most beautiful films ever made. The age of consent is an odd film to match up with this, but I have never seen it and enjoyed it. "
"A Matter of Life and Death"
David Chesterton | Canada | 08/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think the original title, 'A Matter of Life and Death', is far more explicit than the North American, 'Stairway to Heaven'. The first time I saw the film I was in my early teens and felt it offered a far more interesting view of an 'after-life' than the vague religious idea the church tried to depict. In 1949 while serving with the RAF I flew on a liaison mission with the USAAF. We landed at Los Angeles and during our brief stay were entertained by Hollywood. I met David Niven at that time and we corresponded for many years -- his letters were full of comic comments on his movies. 'A Matter of Life and Death' is quite an historical film as it demonstrates the incredible amount of work that had to be put into special effects long before FX technology was developed. Michael Powell had to work with cut and paste filmwork and extensive manpower for things like his moving staircase. Having the film on DVD means that I will probably rerun this one at least once each year. David Chesterton
I like Michael Powell
Dorothy Mathews | 02/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My husband knows the names of all the actors, directors, writers, cameramen, etc. I may remember the name of a movie. He is perfectly happy to watch a movie that goes nowhere as long as the technical aspects are good; I like some sort of connective action and don't really care about how the lighting is achieved. Michael Powell's movies are a rare source of agreement. Michael Powell tells a good story. His techniques satisfy my husband's critical values; his writing satisfies mine. Two things strike me about any Michael Powell movie: first, that any one of his movies will hold you, regardless of how many times you have seen it before; and second, when only war propaganda movies were allowed to be made, Powell used the restrictions to hone his tales -- you will never guess that it is war propaganda. Sorry none of this is very witty -- it would be easier if I could think of something bad to say. I can't. Powell's movies are a great time."