Directed by Roy Boulting
UK 1943


  Thunder Rock is one of the most original and unique works to come out of 1940's British cinema. David Charleston (Michael Redgrave) is an isolated and mysterious lighthouse keeper on a barren lone island in Lake Michigan. The chain of bureaucracy filtering down to his employment are becoming concerned - although his work is strangely perfect, he desires no outside communication, refuses any holiday and doesn't even cash his pay cheques. In one obligatory visit to confirm his safety (and issue him supplies) his buddy Streeter (James Mason) helps fill in some holes as to his past. Through flashbacks and communication with 'ghosts' of a shipwreck near the lighthouse, Charleston begins to rethink his journalistic stance of uncompromising disgust for the apathy people are showing towards the rapid spread of fascism. In merging dream and reality, in a definite and obvious comparison to Powell and Pressburger, the director/producer Boultings (twins John and Ray) created an intelligent and highly interesting work of cinema that can easily be read as propaganda encouraging the US to enter WW2. The film is worthy viewing if only for the brilliant cinematographic use of light and shadow.

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: February 8th, 1943

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DVD Review: Partner Entertainment - Region 2,4 - PAL

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Runtime 1:46:28 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.82 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Partner Entertainment

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: June 30th, 2003

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Chapters: 16




Very strong image quality on this bare-bones PAL release set for sale in English-speaking Europe and Australia. Detail is exceptionally good and contrast/grey scale on an equal par. Damage is virtually non-existent. Audio is clear and there are optional English subtitles. An obvious recommendation at such a reasonable price.

Gary W. Tooze


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