A High Wind in Jamaica

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Overview

Anthony Quinn stars in the Alexander MacKendrick-directed adventure film A High Wind in Jamaica, which makes its debut on DVD with this disc that offers a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while a second English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono, as have Spanish and French soundtracks. English ...
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Overview

Anthony Quinn stars in the Alexander MacKendrick-directed adventure film A High Wind in Jamaica, which makes its debut on DVD with this disc that offers a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while a second English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono, as have Spanish and French soundtracks. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but genre enthusiasts should find this title worthwhile.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A High Wind in Jamaica is a curiosity. It doesn't quite work, either as a pirate flick or as an adaptation of the Richard Hughes novel that is its source, but it's odd enough that one likes it in spite of its failings. In truth, it would probably have been a much better (and certainly more consistent) movie if it had either been much more or much less faithful to the book. Had it kept nothing more than the general premise of kids stuck on a pirate ship, it could have mad ea glorious, superficial adventure-on-the-seas story. Had it stay more faithful, it could have been an engrossing, involving exploration of the peculiar moral system that comes with childhood and the dangers that system can bring to adults. In its present form, Jamaica falls between those two stools. There's certainly plenty of action and adventure, but not enough to float the whole film. And the plot and characterizations that have been retained lack the depth and the commitment necessary: we SEE the characters behave in certain ways, but the film never really examines or delves into the motivation behind the behavior. In spite of this, director Alexander MacKendrick has given the film a beautiful look and directs the action and the character scenes quite well -- but without making them mesh together. The leads are splendid, with Anthony Quinn and James Coburn adding dimension to their roles while displaying a chemistry befitting this duo. Best of all is Deborah Baxter as Emily, whose performance rings true from start to finish. The audience may never understand exactly why she behaves the way she dos, but there's no doubt that the actress does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • UPC: 024543108214
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,653

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Capt. Chavez
James Coburn Zac
Dennis Price Mathias
Lila Kedrova Rosa
Gert Fröbe Dutch Captain
Nigel Davenport Frederick Thornton
Kenneth J. Warren Capt. Marpole
Isabel Dean Mrs. Thornton
Vivienne Ventura Margaret Fernandez
Ben Carruthers Alberto
Charles Hyatt Pirate
Dan Jackson Pirate
Trader Faulkner The Dancer
Kenji Takaki The Cook
Brian Phelan Curtis
Danny Williams Old Sam
Philip Madoc Capt. Guardia Civile
Deborah Baxter Emily Thornton
Martin Amis John Thornton
Karen Flack Laura Thornton
Roberta Tovey Rachel Thornton
Jeffrey Chandler Edward Thornton
Technical Credits
Alexander MacKendrick Director
Larry Adler Score Composer
Dennis Cannan Screenwriter
John Croydon Producer
Bowie Films Special Effects
Ronald Harwood Screenwriter
John Hoesli Art Director
John Howell Art Director
Bill Lodge Makeup
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
John McCorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Freddie Williamson Makeup
Derek York Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Pan and Scan
1. Main Titles [:21]
2. In a Storm [2:19]
3. A Magic Spell [3:15]
4. A Mother's Concern [1:25]
5. A Ship to England [2:38]
6. Pirates [1:50]
7. Where's the Money [2:27]
8. Stowaways [2:17]
9. A British Ship [4:50]
10. Annoying the Captain [7:44]
11. In Tampico [3:10]
12. An Accident [3:48]
13. Emily Is Hurt [7:06]
14. A Mutiny [2:10]
15. The Captain and Emily [5:05]
16. The British Again [4:00]
17. Rescued [:05]
18. Emily in Court [6:36]
19. Back Home [:23]
20. End Titles [5:39]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles [:21]
2. In a Storm [2:19]
3. A Magic Spell [3:15]
4. A Mother's Concern [1:25]
5. A Ship to England [2:38]
6. Pirates [1:50]
7. Where's the Money [2:27]
8. Stowaways [2:17]
9. A British Ship [4:50]
10. Annoying the Captain [7:44]
11. In Tampico [3:10]
12. An Accident [3:48]
13. Emily Is Hurt [7:06]
14. A Mutiny [2:10]
15. The Captain and Emily [5:05]
16. The British Again [4:00]
17. Rescued [:05]
18. Emily in Court [6:36]
19. Back Home [:23]
20. End Titles [5:39]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Pan and Scan
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   Language Selection
      Language Selection: English Stereo
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      Language Selection: French Mono
      Language Selection: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Fox Flix
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      Master and Commander
      The Pirates of Tortuga
Side #2 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language Selection: English Stereo
      Language Selection: English Mono
      Language Selection: French Mono
      Language Selection: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Fox Flix
      The Black Swan
      Master and Commander
      The Pirates of Tortuga
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