Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

DVD - 2015
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In this dark period drama, a young woman discovers her uncle heads a gang of ship-wreckers and murderers under the secret patronage of the local squire, wickedly played by Charles Laughton. Her efforts to stop their wicked ways leads her down a path filled with murder and betrayal.
Publisher: New York, NY : Cohen Media Group, [2015]
Edition: 75th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9781417243525
141724352X
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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BlitheSpirit1
Nov 02, 2016

perfect vintage treatment, a dramatic presentation with realistic effects without detailed realism meant for visceral reaction. Laughton marvelous. Loved it.

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LEE M OLSEN
Nov 21, 2015

I don't know what video RUFUS saw, but the Cohen Film Collection DVD here was Excellent with wonderful visuals showing off a mastery of special effects: storms, shipwrecks, crowd scenes that give the film an authentic period quality. ALSO Laughton's over the top performance is one of the joys of the film: he was the producer, so I suppose Hitchcock had to indulge him and he got his way. I have problems with his makeup which borders on the caricature. But I would praise Hitchcock for the exciting pace of the film, even tho' the "near misses" do strain credulity. Nonetheless a VERY enjoyable "romp".

rufus_red4 Jun 23, 2015

This video cassette is in unwatchable condition, sound and picture are horrible. Maybe someday the library will have the funds to transfer everything to digital. From what I saw, this looked like a very different kind of Hitchcock, rather a disturbing opening, very atmospheric but I couldn't stick with it.

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rslade
Dec 25, 2014

Lots of close calls on all sides, so many that the "tension" almost starts feeling wearing.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 03, 2014

A rather atypical period piece from Alfred Hitchcock that was his last English film before leaving for America. Based on a Daphne Du Maurier book (he'd also adapt her "Rebecca" and "The Birds"), it's a mix of Robert Louis Stevenson adventure and Emily Bronte mood. Hitchcock reportedly was unhappy with the film and with actor Charles Laughton, who dominates the film in a way few actors do in the master's work. Yet they would work together again on "The Paradine Case." It's enjoyable enough, but doesn't feel much like a Hitchcock film. Mauren O'Hara co-stars, in her first role, and Robert Newton, who would later gain fame as Long John Silver, plays a good guy. There is no Hitchcock cameo either.

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Monolith
Nov 06, 2013

Surprisingly amateurish acting from the supporting cast, and very crude film quality and sound; some of the dialogue was indecipherable. Still, an entertaining watch due mainly to Charles Laughton and those crazy eyebrows, and a very green eighteen year old Maureen O'Hara.

btmslt Nov 07, 2012

An intereesting thriller with some great acting by Charles Laughton.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

We only have the dvd at this library, it's a shame as this is an excellent book by Du Maurier. The dvd is good, but the book is far superior.

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Monolith
Nov 06, 2013

Sir Humphrey Pengallan (to British officers and a mob of onlookers below who have him cornered up near the crow's-nest of a ship): "What are you all waiting for? A spectacle? You shall have it! And tell your children how the great age ended! Make way for Pengallan!!" (jumps)

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