Between 1940 and 1962 (with a quiet period between 1953 and 1962), Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, a dream team pairing by Paramount, were featured as a team in seven productions. The films have been available on DVD for aeons, but the earliest are just now making their way to Blu-ray, courtesy of Kino Lorber, and their deal with Universal. The seventh, and last arrived in 2015 via Olive.
Road to Singapore – 1940
Road to Zanzibar – 1941
Road to Morocco – 1942
Road to Utopia – 1945
Road to Rio – 1947
Road to Bali – 1952
Road to Hong Kong – 1962
Only one, Road to Bali was in Technicolor.
The first six had Dorothy Lamour along for the ride, while Hong Kong had Joan Collins standing in.
All seven had top cinematographers – William Mellor, Ted Tetzlaff, Lionel Lindon, Ernest Laszlo, Georges Barnes, and Jack Hildyard. If some have a need to look them up, this would be a good time.
The earliest four films round out the Kino offerings. Rio and Bali arrived in 2017.
Singapore, the earliest of the group, aside from a bit of frame movement, is a gorgeous representation of the film. Rich black and superb gray scale. Audio is fine.
These were films that gave audiences something to smile about in the pre-war and WWII era, and they will now live again on Blu-ray, courtesy of Kino Lorber and Universal.
Image – 4.25
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
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