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Directed by Ken Annakin
UK 1962

 

James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips and Stanley Baxter give hilarious performances in this highly popular comedy from the early 1960s. Prominently featuring Julie Christie in a very early role, The Fast Lady is featured here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Fervent cyclist Murdoch Troon is run unceremoniously off the road by impatient car-driving tycoon Charles Chingford. While tracking down Chingford to give him a piece of his mind, Murdoch falls for his beautiful, car-mad daughter and finds himself talked into buying a 1927 vintage Red Label Speed Bentley in order to impress her. But first, he must learn how to drive!

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A Scottish civil servant (Stanley Baxter) must learn how to drive a Bentley to impress his girlfriend's (Julie Christie) tycoon father (James Robertson Justice).

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Theatrical Release: December 1962 (London)

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Review: Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:14.166        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,851,204,944 bytes

Feature: 19,188,228,096 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.76 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,851,204,944 bytes

Feature: 19,188,228,096 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.76 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Trailer (3:32)
Image Gallery

Script PDF file

Booklet by Andrew Pixley


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 24th, 2020
Slim Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (February 2020): Network have transferred the 1962 British comedy The Fast Lady to Blu-ray. It is on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate, in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The image quality is generally very strong with some contrast weakness rearing up in a couple of spots. The HD image is bright, clean, shows depth and rich deep colors (notable greens.)

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It can sound a bit tinny at times but has a lively score by Norrie Paramor (Father Came Too!, The Frightened City), sounding very fun and Benny-Hill-esque at times. Network offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offers a trailer, image gallery, PDF of the script (in a BD disc root folder) and a booklet with an essay by Andrew Pixley.

The Fast Lady is good clean fun surrounding mildly eccentric, likeable characters, romance... and a flashy Bentley. Stanley Baxter is great - his quirky "Murdoch Troon" carrying the film. Julie Christie's character was never fleshed out in this early role (she looks stunning though), and Leslie Phillips provides dapper lothario support. I liked it enough - it was better than I thought but isn't top-tier material. Gotta hand it to Network for another competent, fairly bare-bones, Blu-ray. I could watch this light, positive, cinema over and over. 

Gary Tooze

 


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