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The films of Michael Powell. Disc 1, A matter of life and death

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English dialogue; optional English or French subtitles; closed-captioned.


David Niven, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey.

Publication Information

Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2009]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


MPAA rating: PG; for thematic elements.


As his plane is going down in flames during WW2, pilot Peter Carter "meets" the love of his life over the radio. He miraculously survives the crash, but no sooner do they meet than he is informed that he should have died and must go to Heaven, where he is put on trial for his life.


Title from disc surface.

"A matter of life and death, originally released in an edited version in the U.S. as Stairway to Heaven, is here presented for the first time ... complete and restored"--Container.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1946.

Special features: Director Martin Scorsese on A matter of life and death ; commentary by historian Ian Christie.

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