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This review is from: Jamaica Inn (DVD)
From the cover of the DVD shown, this is the laserlight edition of which I write. Aside from the omnipresent difficulty of understanding Englishmen's English, I did not find the sound or picture deficient. Of course, my TV while up-to-date is plain vanilla.
As to the film itself, this is not a Great Film, most certainly; it's not even top of the line Hitchcock (which is about as good as it gets), but it is grand entertainment, some fine filming, a knock-out Lady in Distress (the young Maureen O'Hara), Charles Laughton being wonderfully, unabashedly, villainously, satirically, foppishly, Laughtonish, an assortment of Nasties, including such star actors as Emlyn Williams, and a story-line that Hitchcock keeps suspenseful and vigorously performed. In other words, it is good old fashioned, Saturday night movie house, entertainment. It is a film which will give most viewers, who are not cinematic aesthetes, a bang-up, involving, evening. The only serious problems which it references are: Will the Hero (Robert Newton) be killed and Will the Heroine be saved from the clutches of the EVIL ONE and find love and happiness with the Hero.