A Canterbury Tale: The Criterion Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 124 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Packaging: Custom Case
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Disc 1:
    New, restored high-definition digital transfer
    Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie
    Excerpts from the American version, with Kim Hunter

    Disc 2:
    New video interview with actress Sheila Sim
    A Pilgrim's Return Trail, a new documentary visiting the film locations, by David Thompson
    Listen to Britian, a 2001 video-installation piece inspired by A Canterbury Tale, by artist Victor Burgin
    Listen to Britian, a 1942 documentary by Humphrey Jennings

    Plus: A Booklet Featuring Essays By Graham Fuller, Peter von Bagh, And Actor John Sweet
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's beloved classic A Canterbury Tale is a profoundly personal journey to Powell's bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amidst the tumult of the Second World War yet with a rhythm as delicate as a lullaby, the film follows three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer's pilgrims a melancholy "landgirl," a plainspoken American GI, and a resourceful British sergeant - who are waylaid in the English countryside en route to the mythical town and forced to solve a bizarre village crime. Building to a majestic climax that ranks as one of the filmmaking duo's finest achievements, the dazzling A Canterbury Tale has acquired a following passionate enough to qualify as pilgrims themselves.