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Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
UK 1965


Richard Hughes' classic 1929 novel is transformed into a magnificent film adaptation by revered director Alexander Mackendrick (Sweet Smell of Success, The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore). Two British parents living in the West Indies in the 1870s decide to send their children home to be schooled in England. However, when their ship is attacked by pirates and the children are accidentally transferred onto the enemy vessel, their presence begins to stir up trouble amongst the superstitious crew. Featuring wonderful turns from Anthony Quinn (La strada, Lawrence of Arabia, Zorba the Greek), James Coburn (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), and Deborah Baxter (The Wind and the Lion) in a remarkable debut performance as Emily, this is a thrilling adventure classic and a subtle, captivating look at the boundaries of childhood perception. Eureka is proud to present the first ever home viewing release in the UK of the acclaimed pirate adventure classic for the whole family A High Wind in Jamaica (Based on classic novel of the same name by Richard Hughes, a staple of school reading lists).


Theatrical Release: June 4th, 1965

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DVD Review: Eureka - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Eureka - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:43:08 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.80 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English (SDH), None

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• US Trailer
• Spanish Trailer

DVD Release Date:
July 25th, 2011
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Chapters: 20



This Fox film has already been released in the US HERE. The Eureka single-layered transfer looks good if not great. It is anamorphic and progressive and gives a consistent presentation with decent contrast and detail. There isn't a lot of noise in the darker scenes and no distracting artifacts.

Audio is 2.0 channel unremarkable but without major flaw. It is, predictably, flat but dialogue is audible. The film has, surprisingly, few instances of aggression. Eureka have included optional English subtitles on their PAL - region 2 disc.

No extras but a couple of trailers (US + Spanish).

This is a very interesting take - not on buccaneers but on children with a reversion-factor ala Lord of the Flies. Highly entertaining with a thoughtful subtext. Many will appreciate this film as more than what many may presume as a simple pirate-adventure. 

Gary W. Tooze


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