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Jamaica Inn

Overview

There are dozens of different DVD editions of Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn out on DVD, its copyright having lapsed in the United States in 1967 -- Kino Video's is different from all of the others in that it is actually licensed from a quasi-legitimate source, the Estate of Raymond Rohauer, a film collector and classic film enthusiast who often went to the trouble of securing proper 35mm sources and even the rights derived from the underlying literary properties. As a result, Kino's edition of the movie is ...
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Overview

There are dozens of different DVD editions of Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn out on DVD, its copyright having lapsed in the United States in 1967 -- Kino Video's is different from all of the others in that it is actually licensed from a quasi-legitimate source, the Estate of Raymond Rohauer, a film collector and classic film enthusiast who often went to the trouble of securing proper 35mm sources and even the rights derived from the underlying literary properties. As a result, Kino's edition of the movie is easily the best looking and sounding on the market, with usable picture information even in the darkest shots and rich detail throughout, and with the most easily understood dialogue of any of the various rival discs. Unlike other, more ambitious Kino titles, there are no extras (apart from an essay by Eliot Stein of the once-great Village Voice), but the quality of the movie's presentation makes this a worthwhile purchase -- watching this disc, this reviewer was reminded of how the movie looked and sounded in legitimate television showings in the days before "public domain" prints crowded them out, and that's quite good. The disc opens automatically to the picture start-up, but there is a menu through which one can select from the dozen chapters dividing the picture.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered from a 35MM archive print
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Jamaica Inn is definitely lesser Alfred Hitchcock, but it's not the terrible film it's often assumed to be. True, it suffers considerably from the fact that star Charles Laughton was also the producer, interfering mightily with Hitchcock and not allowing the director the free hand he needed to salvage what was admittedly a rather dull script. In spite of this, however, there are a number of Hitchcockian touches, including an amoral, misanthropic man who teeters on (and goes over) the brink of madness (think Strangers on a Train and Psycho). And the director does very well with his large-scale action sequences, as well as guiding new leading lady Maureen O'Hara in an impressive star performance. (For the record, O'Hara also looks simply stunning.) Laughton is a much bigger problem, giving a performance that is ludicrous and over the top; it's true that he holds your attention (even when the character shouldn't be doing so), but Laughton becomes tiresome very quickly. Robert Newton, as the hero/love interest, is also a bit stiff. Still, even with Hitchcock operating at less than his best, he does manage to make Jamaica reasonably entertaining -- especially when Laughton gets out of the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • UPC: 738329010522
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Maureen O'Hara Mary Yelland
Hay Petrie Groom
Emlyn Williams Harry the Peddler
Robert Newton Jem Trehearne
Frederick Piper Broker
Leslie Banks Joss Merlyn
Basil Radford Pengallan's Guest
Mervyn Johns Thomas
Marie Ney Patience Merlyn
Wylie Watson Salvation Watkins
Stephen Haggard Boy
William Devlin Pengallan's Tenant
Jeanne de Casalis Pengallan's Guest
Robert A'Dair
Marie Ault
O.B. Clarence
George Curzon Pengallan's Guest
A. Bromley Davenport Another Guest
Bromley Davenport Pengallan's Guest
William Fazan
Roy Frumkes
Morland Graham Sea-Lawyer Sidney
Edwin Greenwood Dandy
Clare Greet Pengallan's Tenant
Horace Hodges Chadwick, the Butler
Mary Jerrold
Harry Lane
Sam Lee
Alan Lewis
Herbert Lomas Pengallan's Tenant
John Longden Capt. Johnson
Aubrey Mather
Philip Ray
George Smith
Mabel Terry-Lewis Pengallan's Guest
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Eric Fenby Score Composer
Sidney Gilliat Screenwriter
Robert Hamer Editor
Joan Harrison Screenwriter
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Charles Laughton Producer
Frederick Lewis Musical Direction/Supervision
Molly McArthur Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom N. Moraham Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Thomas H. Morahan Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Perceval Production Manager
Erich Pommer Producer
J.B. Priestley Screenwriter
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Harry Watts Special Effects
Ern Westmore Makeup
Daphne du Maurier Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. The Wreckers Strike [7:11]
2. Mary Approaches [7:40]
3. Arrival at Jamaica Inn [15:44]
4. Hanging Mr. Trehearne [15:59]
5. The Squire Holds Court [3:46]
6. An Identity Revealed [20:49]
7. Patience Is Warned [3:06]
8. The Wreckers Aroused [3:59]
9. A Ship Approaches [4:56]
10. "Tonight I found Out who..." [9:05]
11. A Cornish Port [6:07]
12. End Titles [:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Begin Feature
   Resume Feature
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    A real Jem (pun intended-see the movie)

    In my opinion, Jamaica Inn is a wonderful film and a Hitchcock-O'Hara must see. It is both beautifully filmed and a real nail- biter. It is not a horror film, which to me adds both to the beauty and suspence The music is also excellent. I find the VHS B&W format better than the DVD. This is a film worthy of the title 'classic'.

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