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Directed by Delbert Mann
UK 1971

 

Based on the novels by Robert Louis Stevenson and directed by Oscar-winning Delbert Mann, this epic, star-studded adventure sees Michael Caine in the role of a Jacobite rebel who befriends an orphan fleeing a life of slavery. A strong drama with a moving score from Roy Budd (and end theme sung by folk legend Mary Hopkin), Kidnapped co-stars Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Trevor Howard and Gordon Jackson.

1746: as defeated Jacobite rebels flee government forces in the aftermath of the battle at Culloden, eighteen-year-old orphan David Balfour's attempt to claim his inheritance results in his incarceration on a slaver ship heading for the West Indies. Luckily for David the ship's captain runs afoul of Alan Breck, and both Breck and David make their bloody escape.

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In this Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) adventure story, the battlefield of Culloden is awash with the blood of Scottish Highlanders making their last stand against the Hanoverian forces. Against this wartorn backdrop of the Jacobite Rebellion, the young orphan David Balfour seeks to claim his inheritance from his uncle Ebenezer (Donald Pleasence, The Great Escape), who in turn shanghais David into slavery. A prisoner at sea, David finds a swashbuckling companion in fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck (played with panache by Michael Caine, The Black Windmill). Veteran Hollywood filmmaker Delbert Mann (Marty, Separate Tables) directed this old-fashioned classic adventure yarn co-starring Trevor Howard (Von Ryan’s Express) and Jack Hawkins (The Bridge on the River Kwai).

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Theatrical Release: December 22ns, 1971

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Runtime 1:47:02.125         
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2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,025,670,277 bytes

Feature: 22,286,721,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.69 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Subtitles English, None
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2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,025,670,277 bytes

Feature: 22,286,721,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.69 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer (3:15)
• Production Featurette (6:27)
• A Tale and a Half (29:18)
• Archival Michael Caine Interviews (1:10:45)
• Image Gallery (4:56)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 1st, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 13

 

 

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ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (January 2021): Network have transferred Delbert Mann's Kidnapped to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film materials in its original Panavision aspect ratio." It clocks in at the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and looks quite pleasing in 1080P. It's on a dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. There are a few speckles but generally a clean image with depth, realistic colors and no digitization.

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. There are action sequences with breechloaded gunfire, the sea and other aggressive sequences. It comes through fairly flat with a score by Roy Budd (Soldier Blue, Get Carter, The Carey Treatment, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, The Wild Geese) also notable for the finally end song For All My Days sung by Welsh folk-singer Mary Hopkin. The audio is consistent and in-line with the video transfer. Network offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offers an old production featurette with behind the scenes footage, a trailer and has a 1/2 hour interview with Vivien Heilbron (who played Catriona Stewart in Kidnapped.) She discusses the production and how she got the part because the previous year she played in a successful Scottish BBC TV show called Sunset Song - the video piece is entitled A Tale and a Half. Notably included as a supplements are over an 1-hours worth of archival British TV show interviews with Michael Caine around the time of Kidnapped. These include Russell Harty (London Weekend, Russell Harty Plus) and 'Sunday Sunday' (Gloria Hunniford) from the 80s. Lastly is a stills gallery. The root of the disc has a brochure on the film in PDF format. 

Delbert Mann's Kidnapped has some impressive acting resumes with Caine, Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, and Trevor Howard. It seems a reasonable accurate representation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped (or Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751), written as a boys' adventure novel in 1886. It maintains some of the historical romance genre elements. It deals with the theme of justice - and how it is often improperly administered. I thought it addressed moral issues adeptly.  The Network Blu-ray has the fine film in pleasing a/v and the abundant extras. Very enjoyable, rarely seen, and recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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