Rent The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

3.6 of 5 from 87 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
The mysterious but kindly solicitor Mr. Blunden (Laurence Naismith) visits Mrs. Allen (Dorothy Alison) and her young children, offering her the position of caretaker at a derelict country mansion. More surprises are in store when the children encounter the ghosts of two former young residents and find themselves transported back in time to help their new friends right a 100-year-old wrong.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Barry Levinson
Writers:
Lionel Jeffries, Antonia Barber
Studio:
Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
Genres:
British Films, Children & Family, Classics, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2003
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • An Interview with Lionel Jeffries on Parkinson
  • Biographies
  • Stills Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/12/2019
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • A new audio commentary with Actors Madeline Smith, Rosalyn Landor and Stuart Lock
  • The Amazing Sara Latimer: a new interview with Rosalyn Landor
  • Remembering Bella: a new interview with Madeline Smith
  • Mark Gatiss on 'The Amazing Mr. Blundem' a new interview
  • 2014 archive BFI Q&A with Madeline Smith, Rosalyn Landor and Stuart Lock

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Reviews (1) of The Amazing Mr. Blunden

A curious ghost story from Lionel Jefferies - The Amazing Mr. Blunden review by JB

Spoiler Alert
24/04/2020

The Amazing Mr Blunden is a sweet-sad (but not entirely bittersweet), family-friendly, time-travelling ghost story set in 1818 and 1918. It's made by the late, great actor/writer/director Lionel Jefferies (who is probably more famous for writing/directing The Railway Children and appearing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

We follow a mother, Mrs Allen (Dorothy Alison) and her three children, who move from grubby 1918 London to a remote country pile to act as guardians of said estate. Whilst there, two of the children - Lucy (Lynne Frederick) and Jamie (Gary Miller) - befriend another young girl and boy. It turns out these new children are ghosts - of a sort - from 1818, where an unfortunate event occurred. Lucy and Gary set themselves on a mission to attempt to change the course of history to 'save' their new friends from an otherwise sad end.

Some - including film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode- consider this is a forgotten classic. Perhaps it would work better as a film to watch with children or to re-watch if experienced in childhood - speaking as a childless (and possibly embittered) 30-something approaching it for the first time, I only enjoyed it up to a point. I liked Diana Dors as the grotesque housekeeper most of all, and the story was engaging enough. I sort of felt it was not one thing or t'other, though; not creepy/ghostly enough to compete with the great Victorian ghost stories, and a little bit too saccharine to leave much of a melancholy feeling despite an otherwise bittersweet story.

Also: the film is 'blessed' with a curious coda, where all the characters wave goodbye to the viewer, which was both very sweet and very awkward?!

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