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Jamaica Inn


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  • Actors: Charles Laughton, Leslie Banks, Maureen O'Hara, Emlyn Williams, Robert Newton
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alma Reville, Daphne Du Maurier, J.B. Priestley, Joan Harrison, Sidney Gilliat
  • Producers: Charles Laughton, Erich Pommer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Japanese, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cobra Entertainment LLC
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JQSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jamaica Inn" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by Tony Curtis
  • "The Birds" theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Jamaica Inn (1939 | B&W) 98 Min.
Alfred Hitchcock was a recognized legend in his own time. Among his wide range of skills was his ability to spot raw talent, especially in his earlier years. He took relative unknowns and gave them their first big breaks. That was precisely the case with Maureen O'Hara, who was cast in Jamaica Inn alongside the great English actor, Charles Laughton. In the movie, Maureen plays an Irish orphan girl (Mary) who lives on the rugged coast of Cornwall with her uncle. After several vessels smash on the deadly rocks, Mary begins to suspect it's more than accidental. By the time she realizes what's going on, she is a target for the marauding smugglers and highwaymen who are ravaging the area.

Includes an introduction by Tony Curtis and a bonus clip of the original theatrical trailer from Hitchcock's classic, "The Birds," Starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Susanne Pleshette. Digitally Mastered from the best available sources for the highest quality possible.

MENU languages: English / Spanish / Chinese / Japanese
Subtitles: Spanish / Chinese / Japanese

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Customer Reviews

Too bad because I love Alfred movies.
Sandra Courrier
The story itself isn't bad, but the film moves slowly, and lacks the tension and suspense that characterize Hitchcock's best works.
pm444
Hitchcock probably made more truly great films than any other director in the history of cinema.
Robert Moore

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
Format: DVD
Warning!this is the laserlight version and is cheaply made with very poor sound and a very poor picture.It certainly is NOT "mastered from the best available sources".In fact this version is shorter than the other available one,suggesting that the print it was copied from must have been cut due to a degraded print.The "introductions" by Tony Curtis to the laserlight copies look as if they were all filmed in one morning.Get the other version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on November 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Laughton plays the leader of a band of plundering pirates in this adventure yarn based upon Daphne DuMaurier's soapy gothic novel. He was originally cast as a licentious parson, but, because of a possible (and most likely) run-in with the notorious Hays Office, was switched to the squire role. The ravishingly beautiful but unknown Maureen O'Hara was eighteen here, in her film debut. Laughton informed the other cast members that they should all get behind Maureen and help her: "Two days later, we were fighting for our scenes. That child was stealing our scenes from us!". Also in the cast is playwright Emlyn Williams (THE CORN IS GREEN & NIGHT MUST FALL) and Basil Radford, who had charmed audiences the previous year in Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES. This was the last film Hitchcock made in pre-war Britain; he would soon after set sail for America, where he was destined for enormous fame.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian Colbath Watson on June 12, 2000
Format: DVD
It's a shame the quality of this video is poor. The movie is fascinating. The sound quality, however, is so variable that much of the dialogue vanishes. One key transition scene is missing entirely. Maureen O'Hara is seen dripping wet in her "chemise" in one scene, then the picture freezes and she is transported, without explanation and fully clothed, to Jamaica Inn. There must be a better print of this movie.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "devildog99" on June 19, 2004
Format: DVD
Attention all admirers of Hitchcock films! This is the great forgotten Hitchcock film, along with Under Capricorn! 2 must haves for every admirer of Hitckcock films. Both very different than the usual suspence/wrong man Hitchcock film, but both brilliant and beautiful. I'm actually writing this review to warn the buyer NOT to buy the "Laserlight" version, because it is missing about 10 minutes from the film (from the scene right after Mr. Tremain reveals to Squire Pengalen who he really is, to the scene where they show up together at Jamaica Inn). Buy the "Kino" version instead! I can't say enough about both of these 2 films, but I'll leave it up to you, lovers of great cinema, to discover them for yourselves. Especially is you're a fan of Charles Laughton and/or Joseph Cotten and Ingred Bergman. It's worth every extra penny of the difference in price to have the full version of the film. Take a chance, my friend. Be astounded and amazed by these lost treasures, and rejoice at their salvation (and yours!)!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip Smith, Bookseller on April 3, 2010
Format: DVD
I rented the Kino version on the strength of a specific recommendation here, but it gave up watching after the first 15 minutes on account of the poor picture quality. It certainly does not look like a "35mm nitrate print" to these eyes--the visuals are muddy and the contrast is off, spoiling the visual detail. It could be from an old 16mm print, or else maybe a duplicated 35mm print, but it is certainly not a clear record of an original fine-grain release print, by any means. I will await a future restoration. For the present, Caveat emptor.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 6, 2003
Format: DVD
Charles Laughton is delicious in this classic Hitchcock thriller as the stuffy, regal Humphrey Pengallan, a psychotic country squire who decides the best way to meet the high costs of royal life is to indulge his immodest talents as a criminal mastermind. Unbeknownst to his friends and peers, Lord Pengallan has assembled a grimy band of cutthroat thieves which he secretly directs to wreck and loot merchant ships on the rocky Cornwall coast. He is of course thwarted by plucky newcomer Maureen O'Hara and her goodlooking beau, an undercover policeman whose cover is blown after one of their heists seems a bit light. Some Hitchcock fans apparently find this film less than satisfying, but it's as classy and as offbeat as any he's made; perhaps it's because the film is a period drama that folks are thrown off track. At any rate, this is vintage Hitchcock, and the character acting is typically impressive, particularly Emlyn Williams as Harry, the most menacing of the pirate crew... his is one of the most sinister screen villains you're likely to see. Laughton, of course, brings his tremendous range to bear, appearing at first as an overbearing aristocratic boor, then modifies himself to become in turns magnanimous, ruthless and finally so homicidally crazed and delusory that he takes on an almost pathetic air. And O'Hara, in her screen debut is both beautiful and full of pluck -- no helpless female here, as she stops the brigands almost single-handedly. An offbeat film, and definitely worth checking out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on October 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Another Charles Laughton Classic that just happens to be Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. How can you go wrong with that formula?

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This DVD isn't too bad, but I would rather have a more expertly created product. The DVD starts off with a typical FBI Warning and then a bump that says Passion Productions. (Note: Passion Productions is not written on the Cover Art or Disc itself.) Then the DVD proceeds to a Menu. You hit play and the movie begins with the first part of the opening title sequence missing. It stays in form at the end with a good portion of the end title sequence missing as well. Other than that the problems aren't too bad. There are a few momentary jump cuts here and there as well as some signs of wear and age, but for the most part the image is quite nice at times. The audio does seem a bit muffled from time to time. Also, like many budget DVDs, if you go to the Chapter Menu you can only start with Chapter 2 or higher. All and all I will probably spend a little extra to get a better version of this film. I just hope the more expensive versions have been created more carefully.
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