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Screen Icons: James Mason in July

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Screen Icons: James Mason on 23rd July 2007 priced at £34.99. This five-disc set brings together five films starring British screen icon James Mason.

James Mason still managed to have a hugely successful acting career in both the UK and Hollywood despite being fired from his first film by director Alexander Korda after only a few days, having being scheduled to play James Bond in a TV version of From Russia With Love that never happened; he also later turned down the part of a Bond villain.

Mason was born in Yorkshire in 1909. Unlike Dirk Bogarde, another of our Screen Icons, Mason did not fight in WW2, his pacifist stance as a conscientious objecter alienating him from his family for some time. With many years of stage experience behind him, Mason’s movie career really took off towards the end of the war with the first title in this box-set, melodrama The Man In Grey (1943), which proved to the legendary Gainsborough Studio’s biggest success. Odd Man Out (1947) switches the action to Northern Ireland in a tense crime thriller directed by Carol Reed, whilst 5 Fingers (1952) is based on a true story set in Turkey, starring Mason as a valet with ambitions of becoming a rich gentleman of leisure. Another Reed – Mason collaboration: The Man Between (1953) emulates the themes of the all-time classic The Third Man as it looks at the seedy underbelly of post-war Berlin. Rounding out the box-set is The Bells Go Down, the story of how an East End auxiliary Fire Service unit came good.

Extras on the set include…

Odd Man Out: Home James: James Mason returns to his Huddersfield roots / James Mason Interview (1972) The remaining footage is incomplete and is presented here as unedited rushes / Image gallery / Script PDF

The Man In Grey: James Mason: The Star They Loved To Hate James Mason - interviewed by Shelley Rohde / Original Theatrical Trailer / Stills Gallery.

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