Connect with us

Reviews

Quartet, Trio And Encore DVD Review

Published

on


Distributor: Network DVD (available to buy separately)
Certificate: PG | region 2 | 3 discs black and white
Available to buy

Extras: No

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, George Cole, Nora Swinburne, Cecil Parker, Honor Blackman, Nigel Patrick, Michael Hordern, Jean Simmons, Glynis Johns

Back in the 1940’s and 50’s W Somerset Maugham, the celebrated dramatist was at the height of his popular success, so respected was he that three portmanteau movies could be mounted on the strength of his name alone.

Network bring us all three movies (available to buy separately), all little gems and featuring the cream of British acting talent. The stories here channel into that post war brand of everyday drama that would later become province of the TV play but at the time was a hugely important style for the British film industry. It all works brilliantly on DVD of course, intimate and often quiet performances that even 50 odd years later still have the power to move and entertain.

There are some great performances on view here too, especially from the likes of an up and coming Dirk Bogarde, the always excellent Mervyn Johns and his daughter Glynis, a young George Cole, Jean Simmons, Nigel “Old Boy” Patrick and Kay Walsh. Add to this behind the scenes crew involving the likes of scriptwriters Eric Ambler and Ealing specialist T.E.B. Clarke and you have a set of movies that will fit nicely into that space on the shelf marked classic British cinema and are well worth adding to your collection.

The stories featured in each movie are.

QUARTET
1. The Facts of Life – A young man can’t stay away from the gambling tables in Monte Carlo; 2. The Alien Corn – a family disapproves when a young man wants to become a professional pianist.; 3. The Kite – A newly married man has to choose between his passion for kite flying and his unhappy wife; 4. The Colonel’s Lady – A colonel discovers a new side of his wife.

TRIO
1. The Verger – An illiterate man decides to open his own tobacconist shop; 2. Mr Knowall – The story of a man who thinks he knows everything; 3. Sanatorium – Life for a group of terminally ill patients in a sanatorium.

ENCORE
1. The Ant and the Grasshopper – A workshy fop gets his comeuppance from his brother.. or does he?; 2. Winter Cruise – A middle aged spinster goes on a cruise to Jamaica; 3. Gigolo and Gigolette – A trapezist artist gets an unwelcome glimpse into the future when her husbands inherits money.

and this just in

News40 mins ago

Australian Open Schedule for Day 7 on 9

The Nine Network has announced the schedule of matches for Day 7 at the Australian Open across Nine and 9GEM....

Episodes4 hours ago

Australian of the Year 2022 airs Tues 25 Jan on ABC TV

From Canberra’s National Arboretum, hosted by Hamish Macdonald and Susie Youssef, the Australian of the Year Awards recognise the achievements...

Episodes4 hours ago

Death in Paradise Season 10 Episode 2 (S10EP2 ABC TV Sat 29 Jan 2022)

The team are baffled when an archaeologist is poisoned during a dig but there is no evidence to prove how...

Episodes4 hours ago

Back Roads: Boulia, Western Queensland (S8EP4 ABC TV Mon 24 Jan 2022)

Heather Ewart finds there are many surprises in the tiny town of Boulia on the edge of the Simpson Desert...

Episodes4 hours ago

Return to Belsen Australian Premiere Sun 23 Jan on ABC TV

Examining the legacy of the Nazi death camp and what it can teach us today. When British troops liberated the...

Episodes4 hours ago

Crimes and Confessions Series Final (RTE Mon 24 Jan 2022)

The concluding instalment picks up the story in the 1980s as further allegations emerge even after the international publicity surrounding...

Episodes4 hours ago

Lie with Me Episode 3 (S1EP3 RTE2 Mon 24 Jan 2022)

Becky is conflicted when Anna tells her that Jake is physically abusive, showing her a bruise on her shoulder and...

Episodes4 hours ago

The Bay Season 3 Irish TV Premiere Mon 24 Jan on Virgin Media One

DS Jenn Townsend, Morecambe’s new Family Liaison Officer, is immediately thrown into the deep end when a body washes up...

EPISODES

Episodes4 hours ago

PSNI – 20 Years on the Frontline (BBC Two NI Mon 24 Jan 2022)

In November 2001 the Police Service of Northern Ireland was formed against a backdrop of sectarian hatred, civic distrust and...

Episodes4 hours ago

Couples Therapy Episode 3 (S1EP3 BBC Two Mon 24 Jan 2022)

The couples continue their weekly relationship counselling sessions with Dr Orna Guralnik, with a recent fight between Lauren and Sarah...

Episodes4 hours ago

Welcome to Mama’s Premieres Sat 26 Feb on Hallmark

Melanie Scrofano (“Wynonna Earp,” Ready or Not), Daniel di Tomasso (“Ratched,” “Dynasty”) and Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, “The Sopranos”) star in...

Episodes5 hours ago

Ozark: The Beginning of the End (Season 4 Premiere Netflix Fri 21 Jan 2022)

The Beginning of the End: Marty and Wendy wrestle with a problematic offer. Ruth goes out on her own, Jonah...

Episodes5 hours ago

Mighty Cruise Ships Season 4 Premiere (Discovery Aus Mon 24 Jan 2022)

Sailing from Chile and Peru to Ecuador and Costa Rica, the luxurious Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship is full of...

Episodes5 hours ago

Campaigns That Made History Series Premiere (HISTORY Aus Mon 24 Jan 2022)

Dives into the unexpected twists and turns that have highlighted presidential politics over the years. Explore some of the most...

Episodes5 hours ago

Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold (Series Premiere Discovery Turbo Mon 24 Jan 2022)

Classic car expert Steve Magnante tracks down project cars, piecing together the history, life and death of automotive relics and...

Episodes5 hours ago

Roadkill Garage: Body Swap (Season 5 Premiere Discovery Turbo Mon 24 Jan 2022)

Body Swap: Dave and Steve find a 1956 Chevy 210 that was once an NHRA champion. They try to bring...