Following Get Carter was never going to be easy, and Hodge threw a lot of fans by changing tack with this comedy effort. Caine appears for the director again, this time as a trash novel author who travels to Malta to help write faded film star Rooney's memoirs. While researching the actor's past, Caine uncovers a scandal involving some of the island's more disreputable characters and becomes involved in a thuggish plot that could have graced one of his own novels. Very funny in places, not least because of Rooney's unusually acute, self-parodying performance and Hodges' deft handling of visual gags.
Theatrical Release: November 1972
DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.13 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Although the MGM DVD is dual-layered and progressive the image is somewhat unremarkable looking hazy in spots with dull colors. The audio is clean and clear and it sports optional subtitles. The screen captures give a fair representation.
There are no extras and I had trouble getting into this film which is unusual as I really like Michael Caine. Needless to say this is not a glowing recommendation but the price is right if you at all have any inkling.