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49th Parallel: The Criterion Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 123 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    The Volunteer, 1943 Powell/Pressburger war-effort short starring Ralph Richardson
    Excerpts from Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography
    A Pretty British Affair, a BBC documentary on the careers of Powell and Pressburger, which considers their World War II-era collaborations and features rare footage of the filmmakers together
    A new essay by film scholar Charles Barr and an excerpt from Powell's 1941 premiere speech
At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew headed by the ruthless Eric Portman is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities before trying to cross the border into the United States. Both soul-stirring and delightfully entertaining, 49th Parallel features a colorful cavalcade of characters played by larger-than-life actors Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook and Leslie Howard.
 
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