(aka 'Lucky Mascot')

Directed by Thornton Freeland
UK 1948

 

Based on an old British radio show, 'The Brass Monkey' is a fast-paced British mystery and comedy thriller. Caroll Levis stars as a radio personality who attempts to prevent a connoisseur of Buddhist artifacts from stealing the priceless Brass Monkey. The film is littered with stars such as Herbert Lom, Avril Angers and Terry-Thomas, but it is perhaps most famous for being the swansong of the beautiful Carole Landis. She committed suicide shortly after this film in a scandal that shook the world.

Theatrical Release: December 1948

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DVD Review: Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL
Televista released, what surely must be a superior edition, in September 11, 2007. If we can get some comparison captures up we will.

           

Runtime 1:21:03 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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 None
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Release Information:
Studio: Odeon Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• trailers

DVD Release Date: January 22nd, 2007

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Chapters: 6

 

Comments:

This Odeon Entertainment single-layered DVD is in ghastly shape with excessive print damage in the form of scratches and other, extremely noticeable, blemishes. It is also available, quite reasonably in the Best Of British Mystery package (along with The Quare Fellow and Violent Enemy.) This image is very poor - one of the worst I've seen in years and there is no way we can recommend.  Televista, in the US, have had some surprisingly decent releases and, even unseen, I'd suggest their edition HERE over this one. If we can get a copy - we will compare.

Audio had a few bad pops and is only moderately better than the image (which isn't saying much). Extras are only some, similarly decrepit quality, trailers.

Pass on this edition and even the decent film can't redeem it for a recommendation. I'm very keen on Landis and was glad to see Brass Monkey but would prefer a viewing without all the glaring weaknesses. Her final film should showcase her incredible beauty far better than this on the digital medium. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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DVD Box Cover

   

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Distribution Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL
Televista released, what surely must be a superior edition, in September 11, 2007. If we can get some comparison captures up we will.

           




 

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