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Matter of Life and Death Blu Ray

Matter of Life and Death Blu Ray

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After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he has just delivered his dying wishes, and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the hereafter arrives to correct the bureaucratic error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist afterlife. Intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.


    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Interview from 2008 with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
    • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Ian Christie
    • New interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, director Michael Powell’s widow
    • New short documentary on the film’s special effects featuring film historian Craig Barron and visual-effects artist Harrison Ellenshaw
    • The Colour Merchant, a 1998 short film featuring cinematographer Jack Cardiff
    • The South Bank Show: “Michael Powell,” a 1986 television program featuring Powell
    • Restoration demonstration
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek
    • Year: 1946
    • Running Time: 104
    • Color Type: Color
    • Aspect Ratio: 1:37:1
    • Country: U.K.
    • Language: English

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