Kind Hearts and Coronets' DVD, Dennis Price (1949), New & Sealed
Robert Hamer, the director of 'Kind Hearts and Coronets', one of the better comedies to come out of the Ealing studios in the late forties, created a memorable film that still keeps enchanting, no matter how many times one has seen it. This is a film that like a vintage wine gets better with age.
Of course, the right elements were put together in this venture under Mr. Hamer's direction, which is probably the best tribute one could say about the film.
Louis Mazzini, the young man who should have inherited a noble title that is lost as her mother elopes with an Italian tenor and she is disinherited. Louis is determined to regain what's due to him, by whatever means possible. Things go well for him, but he commits a mistake in entering an illicit romance with the calculating Sibella, while at the same time falling in love with the radiant Edith D'Ascoyne, the young widow.
Dennis Price gives a smart account of Louis Mazzini. He is a delight to watch as he keeps scratching off dead relatives from behind the picture frame. Alec Guinness portrays eight D'Ascoynes with an unusual panache. Best of all is Lady Agatha who encounters 'turbulence' while flying in a balloon. Valerie Hobson makes an impression with her Edith and Joan Greenwood is at her best as Sibella.
This is a film to treasure.
Director: Robert Hamer
Writing credits: Roy Horniman (novel) / Robert Hamer
Dennis Price .... Duke Louis Mazzini/Mazzini Sr.
Valerie Hobson .... Edith D'Ascoyne
Joan Greenwood .... Sibella Holland
Alec Guinness .... Duke Etherel/The Banker/Reverend Lord Henry d'Ascoyne/General Lord Rufus D'Ascoyne/Admiral Horatio d'Ascoyne/Young Henry d'Ascoyne/Lady Agatha d'Ascoyne/Lord Ascoyne d'Ascoyne
Audrey Fildes .... Louisa d'Ascoyne Mazzini, Louis' mother
Miles Malleson .... Mr. Elliott The Hangman
Clive Morton .... The Prison Governor
John Penrose .... Lionel Holland
Cecil Ramage .... The Crown Counsel
Hugh Griffith .... Lord High Steward
John Salew .... Mr. Perkins the Lodger
Eric Messiter .... Det. Insp. Burgoyne, Scotland Yard
Lyn Evans .... The Farmer
Barbara Leake .... Miss Waterman The Schoolmistress
Peggy Ann Clifford .... Maud
Coding: All Region Code / PAL Format
(please make sure your dvd player can play PAL format's dvd)
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Simplify Chinese / Traditional Chinese / English / None (Removable)
Colour: Black & White