Whisky Galore 2-disk SE from Optimum

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  1. John Hodson

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    Ealing fans rejoice - DVD Times has news of a Whisky Galore SE - specs are very nice indeed:

    Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Whiskey Galore! (Special Edition) for 10th October 2005 priced at £19.99. Whisky Galore! ranks among one of the most popular Ealing titles ever made and the BFI included it in a list of the best 100 British films of the 20th Century. This much-loved classic will be available on special edition 2 disc DVD including the documentary 'Distilling Whisky Galore!" from October 10th.

    The package includes a 64 page book comprising extracts from Faber's Alexander Mackendrick On Film-making, plus the following features over the two-discs...

    Disc One
    The Feature: Digitally restored & re-mastered
    Introduction by George Perry, author of 'Forever Ealing'
    Audio commentary by British cinema expert John Ellis
    Trailers

    Disc Two
    'Distilling Whisky Galore!' 52 min doc including interviews with Alexander Mackendrick and his crew
    'Whisky Galore: A Personal History' 20 min recounting of the original events from islander Angus Campbell
    Recently filmed interview with Hilary Mackendrick, wife of Alexander Mackendrick
     
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    That's great news! Superb film. I have been meaning to pick up MacKendrick On Film-making, he was one of the great British filmmakers.

    Nice one. Thanks, John!
     
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    DVD Beaver checks out Optimum's 2-disc SE of Whisky Galore! here. Conclusions:

    Presented in the original 1.30:1 format, this newly digitally restored version of "Whisky Galore!" is simply stunning. While few scenes display W&T, and few are very grainy due to poor source, the general transfer, newly digitally restored and remastered, is impressive to say the least. Strong details, solid blacks and basically flawless. One very beautiful transfer.

    Sound is the original mono track.

    The extras are equally impressive. With the DVD comes a 64 page book about Mackendrick as filmmaker. The film is introduced by film critic George Perry, and is supported by a historical audio commentary by historian John Ellis. It is a highly informative commentary, full of anecdotes and historical details, similar to those by Bruce Eder or Rudy Behlmer.

    Disc two has three amazing features. The first is the 1991 documentary about "Whisky Galore" and the real event by John Ellis. Very BBC-ish in its presentation, but very informative and with interviews by Mackendrick and crew. The second is a 20 minute personal reflection of the real event by islander Angus Campbell. The third and final is an interview of Alexander Mackendrick's wife, Hilary Mackendrick, by film historian Anthony Slide.

    Considering the beautiful transfer and the overwhelming additional material, this is one of the best DVD releases of the year.


    It was a very nice transfer in the Optimum Ealing set, but it looks worthwhile the double-dip if only for the extras.
     
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    This does sound very sweet. Thanks for the heads-up, John! [​IMG]
     

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