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Set in Victorian England, The Wrong Box is a British black comedy with a splendid cast including John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and last, but definitely not least, Peter Sellers. A strange rule of inheritance allows only the last remaining survivor of a family of siblings to get the sizable legacy, precipitating a dangerous contest between two elderly brothers (Mills and Richardson). Their families get involved too, sparking a wild chase and absurd comedy as they attempt to be the last man standing. Directed by Bryan Forbes (The L-Shaped Room, Séance on a Wet Afternoon). Newly remastered.
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As for the DVD itself, I've never seen anything like it. There is no menu at all - no subtitles, scene selections, etc. In spite of this I would still recommend it to most people - just not the totally deaf or extremely hard-of-hearing since there is no closed-captioning.
Still 5 stars, though!
The cast was a collection of some of England's finest at the time. To see John Mills trying to kill the imperturbable Ralph Richardson in his bedroom is uproarious. And Peter Sellers' brief appearance as Dr. Pratt has some of his funniest moments ever put on screen. I don't see how any of these actors could have managed to keep a straight face during filming. In addition is a very young Michael Caine, perfect in this part. The one thing all the characters in this film have in common is that they are all blithering idiots.
I don't know what else to say except more like this, please. I would love to see a good print of the 1950 British film, "So Long At the Fair" with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde, a very highly regarded movie. Another very hard to find film, "The Inheritance" (1947) also with Jean Simmons. It was released in the UK under the title "Uncle Silas." Both are great chillers.
However... it's not like a real DVD. Sure it plays fine. But there are no frills. None at all. In fact, when you put it in the machine, it just starts playing. There's no menu or anything. I'm still very glad to have it but it does seem like there could at least be a screen where you could select "Play."
I still wonder why no official DVD of this terrific movie has been made. If ever there was a movie that deserved to have extras and special features, this is it. But since that doesn't seem about to happen, I think anyone who loves The Wrong Box will be happy with this bare-bones DVD.