The Peter Sellers 5-film Collection
The Smallest Show on Earth (1957) Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)
I'm All Right Jack (1959) Two Way Stretch (1960) Heavens Above! (1963)
Theatrical Releases: Various from 1957 - 1963
DVD Review: Lions Gate - Region 1 - NTSC
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• Text Bio of Sellers
In January of 2003, Anchor Bay came out with a 6-film Peter Sellers Boxset HERE, that included the five features of this collection as well as Hoffman (1970). It unfortunately went out-of-print and is fetching higher prices by third-party sellers.
All five DVDs in this 'newly' packaged collection are single-layered and bare-bones. All are progressive and anamorphic in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Each are coded for regions 1 in the NTSC standard. Each have original audio and offer no subtitles. All films are black and white.
Every transfer starts with the Studio Canal logo - probable source of the D1, and 'British Lion' - production company of the films.
The short story on the image is that they don't look overly poor but leave a lot to be desired. Contrast is at the weaker end with the image appearing muddy having some green/sepia infiltration at times. Detail is moderate and there may be some brightness boosting - notable in Carlton-Browne of the F.O. I don't mean to be too hard on the transfers but the film are generally very good and deserve much better. Bottom line on the image quality is that they are all watchable and of consistent appearance with no flagrant digital weaknesses. I should note that they are fairly clean with no untoward damage marks.
Audio on these Lions Gate DVDs are, like the image, acceptable but not stellar. Dialogue is consistent of a bit on the quieter side and there are no optional subtitles to support the Brit accents.
No commentaries, features, interviews or even trailers - not anything viable. Each disc offers a text bio screen on Peter Sellers. I think I'd have preferred nothing at all.
Overall, digitally-speaking this should be considered a bit underwhelming. Lions Gate seem to at least by trying to re-expose these Sellers gems in one package but we'd appreciate showing fans respect with some form of supplements. The films are great fun and I was very impressed with my viewings. Four of the five of them are absolute classics (The Smallest Show on Earth, I'm All Right Jack, Two Way Stretch and Heavens Above!). If you weren't lucky enough to own the AB set this seems a convenient stop-gap replacement and the titles alone should be worth the price for many. Begrudgingly recommended (solely for the film value!)
Production Logos preceding each film
DVD Menus / Extras
The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)
I'm All Right Jack (1959)
Two Way Stretch (1960)