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Directed by Jack Couffer 
UK 1969

 

An unlikely friendship… one extraordinary adventure! Bill Travers (Duel at Diablo, Gorgo) and Virginia McKenna (A Town Like Alice), the husband-and-wife team who starred alongside Elsa the Lion in Born Free, now share the screen with Mij, a delightfully mischievous otter who’ll enchant viewers of all ages in this bright, wholesome, captivating and endearing film. Middle-aged bachelor Graham Merrill (Travers) has a nice, quiet life in London, but his fun-loving new roommate Mij is about to change everything. Curious and playful, this otter has better things to do than sit around a stuffy apartment, so Graham decides to move to the coast of Scotland where Mij can frolic to his heart’s content. Once there, they meet Mary (McKenna), and the unlikely trio begin an incredible journey of friendship and discovery that will transform their lives forever. Directed by Jack Couffer (Living Free).

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When a man buys an otter for a pet, he gets more than he bargained for as he tries to keep the animal in his bathtub. He and his pet soon find life in London is not the place for such and animal, so the two head for the coast. The man enlists the help of a local female doctor to help in the care and feeding of his beloved otter in this family feature from the writers of Born Free.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 2nd, 1969

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:46:45.399        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,285,732,327 bytes

Feature: 21,482,919,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.56 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,285,732,327 bytes

Feature: 21,482,919,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.56 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin
• Theatrical Trailer (02:04)
• The Earthling Trailer (03:10)
• Spacecamp (02:03)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 21st, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2019): Kino have transferred "Ring of Bright Water" on a single-layered Blu-ray. The 1.66:1 1080p image is given a modest bitrate. The film features some lovely Scottish landscapes, showing a decent range of greens, the city life is appropriately drab and somewhat colorless. Certain pinks and greens of clothing and decorations can look a little strange, though this could really be the style of the time. This seems to be a solid transfer of the film, showing a fair amount of grain. Contrast levels could be better, with some brief night shots looking like the inverse of a snowcastle in a snowstorm. As mentioned though, these moments are rare and for the most part, the film shows a fair amount of detail. Medium close-up shots, for example, reveal the creases and detailing of Travers' sweater, something that I'm sure would be difficult for a SD transfer. Overall, the transfer is nothing to write home about, but is far from a disaster.

The Kino
Blu-ray of "Ring of Bright Water" features a 16-bit DTS-HD Master audio track for the film. Though a little flat, dialogue is clear and audible. The score is thanks to Frank Cordell ("God Told Me To", "Khartoum") as is the title song sung by Val Doonican (with lyrics by Betty Botley). There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray from Kino.

Author and film historian, Lee Gambin provides an audio commentary over the film. Gambin wisely points out that the story here is "really about the ideology of salvation", with the otter being the symbol/savior figure to Travers' everyman city dweller, not to mention his ticket out of town. This is a very lovely and well researched track, as they typically are with Gambin. The author is an aficionado of animal films, and his participation here is very beneficial. The only other bonus features are the film's theatrical trailer, as well as trailers for two other kino releases ("The Earthling" and "Spacecamp")

I'll be honest, "Ring of Bright Water" didn't sound too enticing to me, but I was wrong to scoff at it. This is actually an exceptional film, with a strong lead performance from Bill Travers. The film is an adaptation of the book by Gavin Maxwell (about his life in a remote house in coastal Scotland where he kept several wild otters as pets). Kino's choice to include Gambin for the audio commentary was a smart one, given his love of animals in film. Recommended to those looking for a family film that isn't overly sappy. 

Colin Zavitz

 


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