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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Buy Kino Video DVD instead!
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,...
Published on June 19, 2004 by devildog99

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor picture and sound
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...
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor picture and sound, June 13, 2000
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This review is from: Jamaica Inn (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
3.0 out of 5 stars STODGY HITCHCOCK FLICK, November 18, 2001
This review is from: Jamaica Inn [VHS] (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
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing links, June 12, 2000
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Brian Colbath Watson (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jamaica Inn (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Buy Kino Video DVD instead!, June 19, 2004
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"devildog99" (Santa Cruz, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Jamaica Inn (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
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, the Kino edition has poor image quality as well, April 3, 2010
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughton & Hitchcock are a winning team, January 6, 2003
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Price, October 13, 2006
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Joseph (Central Illinois) - See all my reviews
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak film, weaker print, October 27, 2005
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C.A. Arthur (Tacoma, Washington) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jamaica Inn (DVD)
This is a quite corny adventure film, one of the least significant movies Hitchcock ever made. It deserves the two stars by Maltin. Yes, Charles Laughton is good as the major villain, although his makeup could have used some work at times, especially during closeups. Yes, 19-year-old Maureen O'Hara is beautiful, even if her clothes never stay wet after swimming and her makeup never gets smeared. Yes, young Robert Newton is okay, even if his commission bearing his police credentials remain dry and clear after being in the ocean. But on the whole, this is a melodrama one can live without. Young people especially will guffaw at the hammy ending.

A worse problem is the print. It's inferior. And at one point there is a jump that eliminates five or ten minutes of the story. There is no excuse for putting this sort of print on DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn, March 17, 2000
This review is from: Jamaica Inn [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Charles Laughton was really great in this movie and his role was believable but to me, I really wasn't all that nuts about Maureen O'Hara's role because I read the book at least five times (one as a book report in Highschool) and she wasn't really close to the Mary Yellan I knew from the book. It was indeed a pretty well done film but if you want to see the version which is closer to the book, you must see the 1980's version (I believe that is the time the film was made) with Jane Seymour as a true to the book Mary Yellan, Patrick McGoohan as the Uncle, Trever Eve as the young horse thief she falls in love with and the talented Billie Whitelaw as the spooked Aunt Patience. This is a movie worth seeing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alfred Hitchcock inn, April 12, 2000
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Jamaica Inn is not the best film of Alfred Hitchcock but it is very good. This movie is a story of a young orphan who, at the end of the XVIIth century decides after the death of her mother to live with her aunt at a inn in the Cornwales. In fact, this inn is a thieves' den who wrecked ships to take their freight. The most impressive character of the movie is the governor played by Charles Laughton who becomes mad. The light used for the movie is very good and helps to build a climate of anxiety. You can enjoy this movie which ends the English period of Hitchcock with brilliance.
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