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Directed by Maurice Elvey
UK 1956

 

A group of feisty, talented young performers pool their resources and buy a dilapidated theatre to showcase their acts – but unscrupulous property developers also want the theatre and resort to dirty tricks to disrupt the first night's performance!

The quintessential British comedy-musical-romance, Stars in Your Eyes is a love letter to the last days of Variety that has lost none of its warmth and heart in the six decades since it was first filmed. With fabulous musical numbers, sparkling comedy routines and tear-jerking romance it showcases a terrific cast of stars of the day, and stars in the making: Pat Kirkwood, Dorothy Squires (in her only big screen appearance), Nat Jackley and Bonar Colleano feature alongside Joan Sims, Jimmy Clitheroe, Freddie Frinton and Vera Day. Directed by Maurice Elvey from a script by Talbot (Carry On) Rothwell, Adelphi Films' classic feature is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original Camerascope theatrical aspect ratio.

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As the world of vaudeville gradually loses its attraction, more and more entertainers are losing their jobs. In hopes of fixing their financial problems, a group of entertainers band together and buy a run-down theatre to attract customers by showcasing their various talents on the grand opening night. Along the way their show is threatened by a gang of crooks but the show finishes successfully with each entertainer given a happy ending.

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Theatrical Release: December 6th, 1956

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Review: Network - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:36:54.416        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,845,456,918 bytes

Feature: 20,374,775,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 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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Audio

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

Subtitles English, None
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,845,456,918 bytes

Feature: 20,374,775,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• A Ray of Sunshine (1950, 54:29)
• The Nitwits on Parade (1949, 24:10)
• The Kilties are Coming (1952, 52:38)
• Original theatrical trailers for Stars in Your Eyes and A Ray of Sunshine (2:22 / 2:00)
• Image galleries for all four films
• 16-page commemorative booklet


Blu-ray Release Date:
January, 2021
Slim 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 (January 2021): Network, in association with Adelphi Films, have transferred Maurice Elvey's Stars in Your Eyes to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from "a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original Camerascope theatrical aspect ratio". It looks very pleasing in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio - clean, bright - full of rich pastels and solid contrast. Depth is notable and this 1080P provides a delightful HD presentation.

On their Blu-ray, Network use a crisp linear PCM dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. There is no credited score but almost a dozen musical numbers like Stars In My Eyes, I'd Pick Piccadilly and Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? performed by Pat Kirkwood - With All My Heart, Without You and I Saw The Look In Your Eyes performed by Dorothy Squires (and the latter by Bonar Colleano separately). They are enjoyable and the audio is clean with some high-end strength. Network offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offers four other films; A Ray of Sunshine from 1950 running shy of an hour consisting of rare footage of British variety artistes including Wilson Keppel and Betty, Ted Ray, and Ivy Benson and her All Girls Band plus many other top variety acts. A nostalgic look at the lost days of British variety. Wonderful routines from stars of the day, many of whom are still well known with niche followings. Also included are "The Nitwits on Parade" from 1949 running almost 25-minutes. It's a musical featuring Max Bygraves. The Kilties are Coming is from 1952 running over 52-minutes and in it The Royal Kiltie Juniors perform a variety show, and are interviewed by Peter Sinclair, while McDonald Hobley speaks to their parents. There are also original theatrical trailers for Stars in Your Eyes and A Ray of Sunshine and image galleries for all four films plus the package has a liner notes, 16-page, commemorative booklet

Adelphi have released some of their films on BFI Blu-ray - a Diana Dors Double Bill of Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary? / My Wife's Lodger that we reviewed HERE. "Adelphi is a family business, established by Arthur Dent and managed by him and his two sons Stanley and David Dent. It is now managed by Arthur Dent’s grand daughter Kate Lees. The company retains rights and ownership of the catalogue and the material which is held and preserved by the BFI." There is a strong historical context to Stars in Your Eyes - a shifting of mainstream popularity, and those that survived it. Similar happened to Film Noir when Family films became the flavor of the day and seemed to eclipse them in theatres. There is a sad element to the film as well. Not really my 'cup-of-tea' but I am glad I saw Stars in Your Eyes via the Network Blu-ray. There is a ton of value in this region FREE package for any keen on this obscure, yet interesting, 50's British film.

Gary Tooze

 


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