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Directed by Charles Frend
UK 1949

 

Alec Guinness, Donald Houston, Moira Lister and Hugh Griffith star in this classic piece of BAFTA-nominated Welsh whimsy from Ealing Studios. Made during their golden, post-war period, A Run for Your Money was directed by Charles Frend and is featured here as a High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Dai Number 9 and his brother Twm win a newspaper contest: 100 each and a trip to London to see Wales play England at Twickenham. But when the two colliers arrive at Paddington they miss their contact and fall in with an attractive blonde who just happens to overhear that they're in the money...

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Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be!

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Theatrical Release: November 24th, 1949

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

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Runtime 1:23:37.166        
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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,992,047,376 bytes

Feature: 17,564,977,152 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.95 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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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,992,047,376 bytes

Feature: 17,564,977,152 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Blu-ray Release Date:
March 15th, 2021
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Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (March 2021): Network have transferred the 1949 Ealing Studio comedy A Run For Your Money to Blu-ray. It is cited as being a "High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio". It looks a notch below Network's usual standard - soft and, what looks to be, brightness boosted. It's on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. There is depth and mostly strong black levels, but a shade waxy at times. Certainly watchable (and enjoyable) but a ways from the format's, or the distributor's, heights. This is simultaneously released on DVD by Network.  

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language with some formidable Welsh accents. The score is by Ealing Studio sound go-to-guy Ernest Irving (The High Command, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Whiskey Galore!) and supports the film many lighter moments. Accompanying the score are some harp playing and traditional Welsh folk tunes; All Through the Night (Ar Hyd Y Nos), Cwm Rhondda, Sospan Fach, Llwyn Onn and It's A Sin to Tell a Lie sung by Gabrielle Brune at the Amateur Night. Network offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray

The Network Blu-ray offers only an image gallery and 'PressBook' PDF file in the root of the disc.

I had never seen A Run For Your Money and am a big Ealing Studio fan. The plot of naive strangers with telltale accents venturing to the big city reminded me of the 1970 Canadian film Goin' Down the Road - where a pair of Newfoundlanders head to Toronto - and go on 'stranger in a strange land' mis-adventures. Although a completely different film they carry similar themes. Here though, the proud Welsh brothers look forward to heading back home. Donald Houston, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness head up a solid cast and it's another fun, feel-good film from the Studio - plenty of amusement. Another of Network's Blu-rays with high British film value that fans, like myself, enjoy indulging.

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