The Australian Story aka: Kangaroo
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In the midst of a years-long drought in 1910 Australia, a drunken rancher Michael McGuire (Finlay Currie) mistakes outlaw Richard Connor (Peter Lawford) as his long-lost son. Connor and his partner Gamble (Richard Boone) go along with the deception, convincing McGuire's daughter Dell (Maureen O'Hara) that they've arrived to help the old rancher save his cattle, when in fact they're planning a major swindle. The plan doesn t go as hitched when Connor falls in love with Dell. Product Specs: DVD5: Dolby Digital Mono: RT: 84 minutes: Color: Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1: MPAA - NR: Year - 1952: SRP - $14.99.
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VCI Entertainment is one of those hit-or-miss companies that sometimes produces beautiful prints of rare movies, and at other times produces cloudy prints that are almost unwatchable. Their print of "The Australian Story" lies somewhere between these two extremes. It appears to have been "restored" from a 2nd or 3rd generation print, or a videotape, and displays the soft, underexposed, limited color range such a print would imply. Although the print has been cleaned of scratches and dirt specks, it is still a rather poor print of this movie (if you are a collector) and not something VCI should boast about.
The movie itself is a rather conventional story, and the only thing that sets it apart is that it was filmed on location in the Outback of Australia. If you are looking for a much nicer print of a much better story set in Australia'a Outback, buy "The Sundowners" starring Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr ( The Sundowners ). This movie, "The Australian Story", is for those who collect everything shot in the Outback.
Despite the claims on the package that the film has been digitally remastered and restored, it is actually a very faded and poor quality print, on which there doesn't appear to have been much restoration at all. It has the look of one of those cheap spaghetti westerns that used to be shown on local television stations on Sunday afternoons. In fact, everything about this picture has "B movie" written all over it, except that it does feature top-tier stars and it was filmed on location in Australia, which was somewhat unusual for 1952.
Save your money and give this one a miss.