DVD365.net
Alec Guinness Collection artwork

Alec Guinness Collection

Monday 8th October 2007

Sir Alec Guinness was one of the Britain's best-loved and most accomplished actors. A natural film actor, he received many awards for his work including both Baftas and Oscars. Now October sees Optimum Classics release Screen Icons : The Alec Guinness Collection.
Unknown
Unknown

Sir Alec Guinness was one of the Britain's best-loved and most accomplished actors. His illustrious career spanned over fifty years and incorporated some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films in cinema history. A natural film actor, he received many awards for his work including both Baftas and Oscars. Now October sees Optimum Classics release Screen Icons : The Alec Guinness Collection.

An exceptionally versatile actor, Guinness worked across all genres and was often near-unrecognisable beneath elaborate make-up. With the perfect timing of a comedian and the hypnotic intensity of the greatest dramatic actors, he dazzled audiences in both hard-hitting dramas and side-splitting comedies alike. An unassuming man who preferred anonymity to the glitzy show-business lifestyle, Alec Guinness was a quiet master of cinema acting. One of British cinema's brightest ever stars.

This collection brings together five of the very best comedies Alec Guinness made for Ealing Studios. Each is a comic gem that showcases his astonishing talent. The Man in the White Suit and Barnacle Bill are both classic Ealing David-and-Goliath stories, The Captain's Paradise follows the increasingly farcical life of a bigamist ferry captain, Last Holiday is the tale of a timid man who is given a short time to live, so decides to have a last hurrah and Kind Hearts and Coronets sees Guinness playing all eight members of the aristocratic D'Ascoyne family who suddenly find themselves targets of a ruthless heir.

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

Louis Mazzini's mother belongs to the aristocratic family D'Ascoyne, but she ran away with an opera singer. Therefore, the D'Ascoynes rejected her and Louis. Once adult, Louis (Dennis Price) decides to avenge his mother and him, by becoming the next Duke of the family. Murdering every potential successor - all famously played by Alec Guinness - is clearly the safest way to achieve his goal.

The Man In The White Suit (1951)

Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), a humble inventor, develops a fabric, which never gets dirty or wears out. This would seem to be a boon for mankind, but the established garment manufacturers don't see it that way; they try to suppress it. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures...

The Captain's Paradise (1953)

In The Captain's Paradise Alec Guinness plays the thoroughly selfish and conceited Henry St James captaining a ship between Gibraltar and Morocco. When he's in Gibraltar with his straight-laced British wife Maud, played by Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter), he eats at home and goes to bed early. However, when he's with his fiery Spanish wife Nita (Yvonne De Carlo), he stays out dancing into the small hours. Problems arise when his wives begin to demand more than the life he has carved out for each of them, and it doesn't take long for St James' perfect 'paradise' to collapse.

Last Holiday (1950)

George Bird (Alec Guinness) is a mild-mannered salesman who is told by his doctor that he has only a very short time left to live. Determined not to waste his final days, he decides to go on one last holiday to live the rest of his life to the full. Recently remade by Hollywood with Queen Latifah reprising Guinness' role, Last Holiday was written by renowned novelist and playwright J. B. Priestley.

Barnacle Bill (1957)

Captain Ambrose (Alec Guinness) is the last in a long line of distinguished seafarers. Forced to retire due to chronic seasickness, he takes charge of a dilapidated pier in a seaside resort. After he finds out the town's Mayor wants to demolish his beloved pier, Ambrose registers the pier as a foreign cruise ship at anchor - and so free from the law of the land. As the feisty Captain battles with the infuriated authorities, all manner of hilarious antics ensue.

Written by T.E.B. Clarke - writer of The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield Thunderbolt and Passport to Pimlico and featuring early appearances by both Jackie Collins and Donald.

  • None or TBC

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

Brawl In Cell Block 99 artwork

Brawl In Cell Block 99

DVDBD01/12/2017

Featuring Vince Vaughn in the most powerful and transformative performance of his career, acclaimed thriller Brawl in Cell Block 99 is released on DVD and Blu-ray 26th December 2017 from Universal ...
Terminator 2 artwork

Terminator 2

DVDBD3D-BD4K-UHD30/10/2017

Good Time artwork

Good Time

DVDBD23/11/2017

Micky Flanagan artwork

Micky Flanagan

DVDBD05/10/2017

Detectorists artwork

Detectorists

DVDBD10/11/2017

Detroit artwork

Detroit

DVDBD16/11/2017

Everything Everything artwork
What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face... or kiss the boy next door? Based on the novel by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything is ...
Interstellar artwork

Interstellar

4K-UHD11/12/2017

Inception artwork

Inception

4K-UHD08/12/2017

Monterey Pop Festival artwork
Brawl In Cell Block 99 artwork

Brawl In Cell Block 99

DVDBD13/12/2017

The White Princess artwork

The White Princess

DVD13/12/2017

Ghostbusters

Features01/10/2016

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings ...

Camberwick Green

Review07/05/2006

Who's in the music box today? Could it be Windy Miller, Captain Snort, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Honeyman or one of the students of Pippin Fort? So sit down and enjoy the many stories from Camberwick ...

Kingsman

News05/12/2017

Rejoin the world's most elite secret service when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases Kingsman: The Golden Circle on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD 29th January 2018.
"Nobody is going to hit as hard as life, but it ain't how hard you can hit. It's how hard you can get hit and keep moving."
Rocky (1977)

Rise Of The Footsoldier 3

DVDBD05/12/2017108

Nut Job 2

DVDBD3D-BD08/12/201787

Captain Underpants

DVDBD14/12/201787

Despicable Me 3

DVDBD3D-BD4K-UHD13/12/201784

Broken City

DVDBDNOTES12/12/20173434

Fast Girls

DVDBDNOTES11/12/20171554

The Ghost

DVDBDNOTES13/12/20171442

Escape Plan

DVDBDNOTES14/12/20171376

Racing Stripes

DVD14/12/20172242

Austin Powers

DVD08/12/20171297

The Simpsons

DVD08/12/2017782

#TheParty available #DVD #BluRay 19th February by Spirit Entertainment
DVD365.net

The Hitman's Bodyguard

DVDBD4K-UHD23/10/2017

Carrie

BD23/10/2017

The White Princess

DVD08/12/2017

Living The Dream

DVD04/12/2017

Get a free daily news update. DVD365.net works with the Amazon Alexa flash briefing skill