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Directed by Mario Zampi
UK 1960

 

Based on the enormously popular television and radio sitcom Whack-O!, this uproarious comedy stars Jimmy Edwards in his signature role as a devious, cane-brandishing headmaster. Co-scripted by Michael Pertwee and Whack-O! writers Frank Muir and Denis Norden, Bottoms Up! is featured here as a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Chiselbury School, allegedly, is an academy 'for the sons of gentlefolk'. Far from being gentlemen, however, the boys are an undisciplined rabble... it is, in fact, a school like no other! But Chiselbury's head, Professor Jim Edwards, is about to put into action a cunningly novel scheme to raise the school's profile!

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An incompetent boarding school headmaster, Professor Jim Edwards, devises a bizarre plot to raise the profile of his boarding school, and thus save his job, by passing off his bookie's son as a Middle Eastern prince. The headmaster's madcap scheme is further complicated when an official from the Foreign Office arrives and announces that a real prince is to be placed under Edwards supervision, not due to the schools lofty reputation, but that a gang of kidnappers are unlikely to look for the regal child there.

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Theatrical Release: March 8th, 1960

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

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Runtime 1:27:39.375        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,357,709,319 bytes

Feature: 18,507,724,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 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: 19,357,709,319 bytes

Feature: 18,507,724,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Trailer (3:10)
Stills Gallery (7:23)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 20th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (September 2020): Network have transferred Mario Zampi's Bottoms Up! to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio". Network provide a 1.66:1 transfer of the film in 1080P. The HD presentation looks pretty tame - not dynamic in any sense but consistent exporting a small amount of depth and layered contrast. Typical of Network - a step-up fro DVD and a reasonably pleasingly passive HD presentation.

On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. There are a few aggressive effects that don't carry any weight. The score is by Stanley Black (The Long and the Short and the Tall, Happy Ever After, Valentino, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, War-Gods of the Deep, 1960's Hammer film Stop Me Before I Kill! etc.) sounding fairly unremarkable in the uncompressed. Network offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offers only a trailer for the film and an extensive stills gallery as extras.

Mario Zampi (Happy Ever After) directed Bottoms Up! and is advertised via a couple of the film's posters, and the title itself I suppose, as a quasi-sex-comedy - which it definitely is not. But it is not a bad 'British boarding school' / 'schoolmaster' comedy nonetheless. It's written by, Michael Pertwee, the elder brother of (one of the many) Dr. Whos (Jon Pertwee), devoid of political-correctness ('caning') but has some very funny parts and dialogue. It's not for everyone but those who get a kick out of some outrageous family fun humor might consider indulging in Network's Blu-ray as it seems to have gone off the TV circuit. I found some enjoyment here.

Gary Tooze

 


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