(aka 'Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.')

 

Directed by Raoul Walsh
UK/USA 1951

 

  A fine action romance, with Peck as the character from C. S. Forester's books, a British naval hero of the Napoleonic wars. He is sent on a mission to turn Napoleon's allies against him by delivering arms to a rebel leader in Latin America. But complications arise, and he ends up having to escort the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wellington (Mayo) safely back to England. The plot expects you to suspend your disbelief for a time, but you are more than rewarded with some terrific, breathtaking battle sequences.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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CS Forester's seafaring epic of the 19th century adapted as a surging tribute to 'bravery', to long-gone 'leaders', and as much a study of the heroic spirit as an action romp. Peck is Hornblower, Mayo the initially ill-fated love interest, and Walsh seems more interested in their inner life and emotional vulnerability, which makes for an oddly limpid (but often quite beautiful) and non-dynamic work from such a primal force.

Excerpt from Time Out Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 10th, 1951

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Also available in Literary Classics Collection which includes Madame Bovary (1949), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), The Three Musketeers (1948), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions) and Billy Budd. Available HERE:

           

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:56:40 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 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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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio  1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Short film: My Country 'Tis of Thee (19:58)

• Cartoon: Captain Hareblower (6:56)

• Lux Radio Broadcast (59:42)
• Theatrical trailer (2:41)

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2007

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Chapters: 32

 

 

Comments:

I do have one major complaint about this transfer - it is not progressively rendered (see last large capture). It is 'interlaced'. My guess is that it was an oversight of simply not clicking a checkbox on a software program. What it amounts to is that the deficiency becomes noticeable on higher end systems - HD TVs, LCD, Plasma or especially HTPC projection home theaters. On standard TV tubes (CRT) you probably won't notice the 'combing' BUT we suggest you will replace your viewing system before this DVD wears out (this is a virtual guarantee). So, bottom line is, I request that Warner replace this, otherwise strong, DVD with one that is transferred progressively. 

Colors on these early efforts can tend to look funky at times - typically over-vibrant, but this looks very consistent although I have no idea how faithful it is to its original theatrical appearance. Detail is also good and it is on a dual-layered DVD. Subtitles are at Warner's high standard and I noticed no overly-visible artifacts. Audio had no deficiencies.

Extras consist of a short film entitled My Country 'Tis of Thee (19:58) from 1950. It gives us an 18 second warning about political correctness prior to its start. It relates very little to Captain Hornblower. I love cartoon inclusion and Warner have added a Bugs Bunny animation called Captain Hareblower (6:56). A great way to start off prior to the feature film. There is an hour long Lux Radio Broadcast that I honestly did not listen to and a rousing 2:41 theatrical trailer.

This a is another great film for adventurous young lads. Peck is great, as always, and Mayo was quite a doll. I think the boxset is a great deal and I will enjoy showing my own boys (Billy Budd, The Three Musketeers and The Prisoner of Zenda) as they get older. Recommended - but Warner should replace to all who request!!

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Also available in Literary Classics Collection which includes Madame Bovary (1949), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), The Three Musketeers (1948), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions) and Billy Budd. Available HERE:

           

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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