http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/hitchcock.htm
UK 1939

"The film made a sizeable profit at the box-office because Hitchcock had developed a loyal following and reputation for entertaining pictures, and because the film had a winning cast and was based on a popular book. Nevertheless, the critics were unkind to Jamaica Inn; one called it "a singularly dull and uninspired picture-highly lackadaisical melodrama." For people expecting a Hitchcock picture, it was a letdown, and it was obvious that the director had lost his interest in the property before he completed work on it. If Hitchcock's enthusiasm isn't so apparent on the screen, the phlegmatic acting of Charles Laughton is.  Always the perfectionist, Laughton wore a putty nose because he thought that would make him look more like an indulgent squire-fat, bloated, wicked, mad, and shrewd. Laughton does give a powerful performance but, like the squire he portrays, it is self-indulgent and interferes with the story. With Jamaica Inn, Hitchcock's English period was concluded. He left England for his new country and the beginning of a lucrative and distinguished career in Hollywood."

ExtractŠ Richard A. Harris, Michael S. Lasky: The Complete Films of Alfred Hitchcock found at Britmovie.com HERE

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DVD Comparison: Kino Region 1 vs. LaserLight Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Kino / Image Entertainment
Region 1 encoded (North America) 
LaserLight 
Region 0 
Runtime 1:38:45 1:30:18 
Video 4:3 Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
Average Bitrate: 7.31  mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s
4:3 Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
Average Bitrate:  undeterminable
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s
 

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

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Kino:

Bitrate

 

LaserLight:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0)

English (Dolby Digital 1.0)

Subtitles English or none Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: October 13, 1939
DVD Release Date: August 13, 1999
Run Time: 98 minutes
Production Company: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: All Regions
Layers: Single
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Available subtitles: -

Edition Details:
• All Regions
• Black & White

Release Information:
Studio: Laserlight Video
Theatrical Release Date: October 13, 1939
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2000
Run Time: 98 minutes
Production Company: Laserlight
Package Type: Snap Case

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: All Regions
Layers: Single
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Available subtitles: Spanish, Chinese, Japanese

Edition Details:
• All Regions
• Black & White
• Introduction by Tony Curtis
• "The Birds" theatrical trailer

Comments
Urggg.. not much of a transfer from either of these distributors... The Kino is brighter but fraught with scratches and damage etc. The LaserLight is softer and looks to be from a slightly better transfer. Both are pretty hazy. Neither has much in the way of extras, actually 'none' at all for the Kino and just a Tony Curtis intro and trailer for "The Birds" with the LaserLight. The LaseLight has more chapters ( 24 vs. 12 ) but I liked the Menu better on the Kino. With such a poor transfer its kind of '6 or one/half a dozen of the other', but I would say get the LaserLight, it is much cheaper.

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Dave says (thanks!):

The running time of the Laserlight "Jamaica Inn" DVD had been bugging me, so I sat and watched it alongside the UK Carlton DVD.

At 51:55 (end of chapter 14) on the Laserlight disc, there's about 8 minutes of footage missing from the transfer. It's almost as if Laserlight managed to lose an entire chapter of their transfer! :-S

As Jem and Sir Humphrey leave the room, the DVD cuts to Mary, Patience and Joss at Jamaica Inn - there's no explanation as to how Mary returned there, or why Sir Humphrey and Jem (now dressed in a military uniform) are banging on the door outside.

The same footage is also missing in the recent "Collector's Edition" set from Diamond HERE.

Using the subtitle track on the Carlton DVD for the dialogue, I've put together a page describing the missing scenes HERE:

The Kino/Image Entertainment DVD has the footage intact, which explains it's longer running time (1:38:45 compared to the Laserlight's 1:30:18).

DVD Release Date: August 13, 1999
Keep Case

Chapters 12

DVD Release Date: February 2, 2000
Snap Case

Chapters 24



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Sound:

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Extras: LaserLight
Menu: Kino
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Distribution Kino / Image Entertainment
Region 1 encoded (North America) 
LaserLight 
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