David Lean Directs Noël Coward

Edition no. 603

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Blithe SpiritBrief EncounterIn Which We ServeThis Happy Breed
ITV Global Entertainment
Directed by: David Lean, Noel Coward
In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noël Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema’s greatest writer-director collaborations. With the wartime military drama sensation In Which We Serve, Coward and Lean (along with producing partners Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan) embarked on a series of literate, socially engaged, and enormously entertaining pictures that ranged from domestic epic (This Happy Breed) to whimsical comedy (Blithe Spirit) to poignant romance (Brief Encounter). These films created a lasting testament to Coward’s artistic legacy and introduced Lean’s visionary talents to the world.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 4 Discs |  BD-50

Details by Film


  • New interview about the film with No
  • A Profile of
  • Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between actor Richard Attenborough and Noel Coward at London
  • Trailer
  • New interview about the film with No
  • Interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010
  • Trailers
  • New interview about the film with No
  • Episode of the British television series The South Bank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward
  • Trailer
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • New interview about the film with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day
  • A Profile of “Brief Encounter,” a short documentary from 2000 on the making of the film
  • David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring new essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Smith Nehme, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow

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Release Credits

Producer: Karen Stetler
Producer: F. Ron Miller
Artwork: F. Ron Miller

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