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Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ If I were King – in Blu-ray (1 Viewer)

Robert Harris

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Feb 8, 1999
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Robert Harris
In a career that covered forty years, Ronald Colman appeared in over fifty films.

If I Were King, released in 1938 dead center, during a quite extraordinary period between 1935 and 1942, during which he appeared in A Tale of Two Cities, Under Two Flags, Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda and The Talk of the Town.

If I Were King was the second time around for Justin Huntly McCarthy's The Vagabond King. It was originally filmed in 1930, and would be again in 1956 - both as musicals.

As Colman films go, I'd call it B level, but a very good film regardless. Originally a Paramount production, Universal holds only dupes. This one looks quite nice for a film of that era.

Directed by Frank Lloyd with a screenplay by Preston Sturges, it holds up nicely.

Imagery has a pleasant gray scale and is in generally good condition. No major problems.

For those tracking, and collecting Mr. Colman's films, this is a nice surprise from Kino.

Look for some of the older actors, who show up here, as well as some young faces -

Darryl Hickman, Brandon Hurst, Henry Brandon, William Farm, Montagu Love, John Milan, Sidney Toler (before he received his detective license), and Henry Wilcoxon.

Image – 4

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Works up-rezzed to 4k - Yes

Upgrade from DVD - Yes



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