49th Parallel / The Forty-Ninth Parallel / The Invaders (1941) 2 x DVD9 The Criterion Collection
The Invaders (49th Parallel in the UK) is an excellent war drama from British director Powell, co-scripted by his longtime collaborator Pressburger. Filmed mostly in Canada, the film opens as a U-37 German submarine surfaces in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is obliterated by RCAF bombers, but six Germans survive and march to a Hudson Bay trading post. Constructed in episodic fashion, the story shows them wandering through Canada to avoid detection. Along the way, they meet Johnnie (Olivier), a trapper filled with contempt for the Nazis; a group of German Hutterites living on a Christian collective headed by Peter (Walbrook); and Philip Armstrong Scott (Howard), a decadent novelist living in a teepee while writing about the Blackfoot Indians. With each meeting, the number of "invaders" diminishes; some are captured, others killed...

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:02:01
7.49 Gb + 5.89 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, War, Thriller

Director: Michael Powell
Actors: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George, Eric Portman, Anton Walbrook, Glynis Johns, Peter Moore

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Audio commentary by film and music historian Bruce Eder
* The Volunteer, a 1943 Powell and Pressburger war-effort short starring Ralph Richardson
* A Pretty British Affair, a BBC documentary on the careers of Powell and Pressburger, which considers their WWII-era collaborations and features rare footage of the filmmakers together
* Excerpts from Michael Powell’s audio dictations for his autobiography
* Original theatrical trailer
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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