To Sir, With Love [DVD] [1967]

One of the 1960s' most beloved and endearing films, To Sir With Love is available on DVD through Columbia Classics. The DVD features the widescreen anamorphic (1:85:1) version of the film on one side and the full-screen (1:33:1) version on the other. Also included are scene selections as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. The included booklet has brief production notes. Other bonus features include detailed talent files on director James Clavell and the film's star, Sidney Poitier, who was at the height of his popularity at the time of the film's release, plus the film's trailer, as well as bonus trailers for the Poitier A Raisin in the Sun, Buck and the Preacher, and Brother John. The only thing missing from this otherwise fine DVD is some mention of the film's other interesting actors, especially Lulu, who scored one of the biggest hits of the 1960s with the film's timeless title song.
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Special Features

  • Digitally remastered audio & video
  • Production notes
  • Interactive menus
  • Audio: English [mono]
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Talent files
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Bonus trailers
  • Scene selections

Synopsis

To Sir, With Love
Sidney Poitier, who in 1955 played a student in a tough inner-city high school, portrays a teacher assigned to a similar institution in To Sir, With Love. Unable to find work as an engineer, Poitier accepts a teaching post in London's East End slums. To reach his sullen, rebellious students, Poitier throws away his textbooks and endeavors to reach them as human beings--and as the adults they're going to become. It's an uphill climb, but gradually the students are won over. They begin referring to Poitier as "Sir," not out of blind obedience but as a gesture of genuine affection. Not that there aren't obstacles to overcome: in addition to trying to get through to hardcase student Christian Roberts, Poitier must face down the resistance and hostility of his fellow teachers. The sweetly sentimental finale amply displays the vocal talents of Lulu, who trills the title song. Based on the novel by E. R. Brainwaite, To Sir, With Love was one of the biggest moneyspinners of 1967 (with this film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night, Sidney Poitier had quite a year). In 1996, a belated made-for-TV sequel was produced, briefly reuniting To Sir with Love co-stars Sidney Poiter, Lulu and Judy Geason, none of whom looked a day older. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sidney Poitier
    Sidney Poitier - Mark Thackeray
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    Christian Roberts - Denham
  • Judy Geeson
    Judy Geeson - Pamela Dare
  • Suzy Kendall
    Suzy Kendall - Gillian Blanchard
  • Lulu
    Lulu - Barbara Pegg

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