Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on January 8th, 2003
Alec Guinness is a ferryboat captain who runs back and forth every other day betweenGibraltar and Morocco. He has a wife in each port: the domestic Celia Johnson and the fieryYvonne DeCarlo. This state of affairs cannot continue indefinitely, of course. A fun battle-of-the-sexes story, very much of its time (1953). While not quite up to the Ealing films, The Captain’sParadise does have some extremely funny moments courtesy Guinness and co-star CharlesGoldner.
The soundtrack is mono. No foolish attempts at re-mixing here, and the sound definitely getsthe job done: clean, clear, warm.
There’s a little bit of damage in a couple of shots, a little bit of edge enhancement, the oddhalo effect, and some grain. But the film is 50 years old too, and the print is by and large in verygood shape. The ratio is, naturally, the original 1.33:1.
Not too much here: the trailer along with the Guinness bio that appears on all the otherDVDs in the collection. There are, though, the well-written liner notes that accompany all thefilms in this series. The menu is scored.
A fun lark, and a nice bonus. The boxed set itself is worth five stars: this is one-stopshopping for some of the greatest comedies ever made.
Special Features List
- Liner Notes