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Cape Town Affair (1967)

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A microfilm is stolen on a bus when a purse gets snatched. South African agents go in search of it.

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Brolin, Jacqueline Bisset, Claire Trevor, Bob Courtney, John Whiteley
  • Directors: Robert D. Webb
  • Writers: Dwight Taylor, Harold Medford, Samuel Fuller
  • Producers: Robert D. Webb, Hyman Kirstein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W8X0I4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,931 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By David S. Graham on April 23, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review pertains to the DVD The Cape Town Affair (Platinum Disc Corporation) and is not a movie review.

Pros:
- Has a start menu so doesn't start playing the movie while you're getting your coffee and tim-tams
- Has a 100 minute run time which is what the original had (IMDB) although I was a bit concerned about the lack of credits after 'The End' so suspect the credits have been chopped off. Perhaps IMDB got its info from the DVD.
- Price. I paid $4.98 which is not a rip-off but not great value either considering the cons (see below).

Cons
- No subtitles
- Appalling lack of clean-up. The amount of post-production artifacts on this DVD are astounding. The blue sky in the closing scene resembles anti-aircraft flak over London during the blitz. When a company puts 'digitally remastered' on the cover I expect some sort of clean-up but in this case I am left wondering what, if anything, was "remastered".

I do not know what the original aspect ratio of the film was but the DVD is 1.33:1 and looks about right. It may be that the film was shot on VHS tape as was common in the 60's and 70's so the condition of the original might be in poor shape but even so the lack of a decent clean-up is a big downfall. Perhaps companies should detail on the DVD what the source material is comprised of.

I give it 2 stars.
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By A Customer on September 19, 2003
Format: DVD
James Brolin ("The Amityville Horrow", Cheatin Hearts") and Jacqueline Bisset ("Wild Orchid", Anna Karenia") star in this masterpiece, dealing with communist secret endeavors in Cape Town, South Africa. Their main mission, is to recover an elusive envelope containing top secret microfilm.. Filled with espionage and romance, this film is one you will remember forever...
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Yes, the plot is dumb. Great B movie with excellent music.
The poor quality makes it even more appealing. It's like watching a wreck - cannot turn away. The music really draws you in to the effort at film noir.
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OK, It's really a live-action 1967 virtually note for note remake of Pickup on South Street, but James Brolin and Co. deliver a delightfully puppet-like remake of the Fuller classic. For some reason transported to an improbable South Africa, and yet simply steamrolls the 50's red scare plot, and seedy noir conventions over the new location. But the whole thing takes on the air of an episode of Thunderbirds meets James Bond and The Prisoner meets Sam Fuller, though it never quite lives up to the awesome such a blend would suggest. For devoted fans of the Fuller original, this is a hilarious campy romp. Too bad Criterion didn't include this as an extra on Pickup on South Street.
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Format: VHS Tape
Take the plot of Pickup on South Street, fluff it up with sixties schlock, and what puffs forth is a colory, crime-does-pay piece that looks more like a Doris Day comedy than a caper flick. Imagine James Brolin in a role made memorable by Richard Widmark, and the picture's problem becomes even clearer. About the only shade left of noir here is the motivation of communist menace and the casting of Claire Trevor. Her presence is of little help to the effort, however, as she is blowzied out as an apparent ex-hooker in a role that makes a mockery of Thelma Ritter's previous portrayal of a dowdy, world-weary peddler. Even Brolin's waterfront shack looks like a fumigated, cleaned-by-mom clubhouse where, thanks to modern indulgence, nude pinups remain taped cutely cocky to the walls. Ho hum. If the movie was less than gaudy, it could be labeled film blanc.
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