49th Parallel

49th Parallel

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Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Director: Michael Powell
Cast: Anton Walbrook, Eric Portman, Finlay Currie, Glynis Johns, Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Niall MacGinnis, Raymond Lovell, Raymond Massey
Year: 1941
Format: DVD
Number of discs: 2
Street Date: 20-Feb-07
Runtime (minutes):
Original Language: English
Studio: Criterion Collection

SKU: CC1683DDVD Categories: , ,


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 still-neutral United States. Both soul-stirring and delightfully entertaining, _49th Parallel_ features a colorful cast of characters played by larger-than-life actors Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, and Leslie Howard.

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Audio commentary by film and music historian Bruce Eder
* _The Volunteer_, a 1943 Powell and Pressburger war-effort short starring Ralph Richardson
* _A Pretty British Affair_, a BBC documentary on the careers of Powell and Pressburger, which considers their WWII-era collaborations and features rare footage of the filmmakers together
* Excerpts from Michael Powell’s audio dictations for his autobiography
* Original theatrical trailer
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Charles Barr and Powell’s 1941 premiere speech

_New cover by Eric Skillman_

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