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A High Wind in Jamaica [DVD] [1965]

Anthony Quinn , James Coburn , Alexander Mackendrick    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Deborah Baxter
  • Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050GLWC4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Richard Hughes' classic 1929 novel is transformed into a magnificent film adaptation by revered director Alexander Mackendrick (Sweet Smell of Success, The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore). Two British parents living in the West Indies in the 1870s decide to send their children home to be schooled in England. However, when their ship is attacked by pirates and the children are accidentally transferred onto the enemy vessel, their presence begins to stir up trouble amongst the superstitious crew. Featuring wonderful turns from Anthony Quinn (La strada, Lawrence of Arabia, Zorba the Greek), James Coburn (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), and Deborah Baxter (The Wind and the Lion) in a remarkable debut performance as Emily, this is a thrilling adventure classic and a subtle, captivating look at the boundaries of childhood perception. Eureka is proud to present the first ever home viewing release in the UK of the acclaimed pirate adventure classic for the whole family A High Wind in Jamaica (Based on classic novel of the same name by Richard Hughes, a staple of school reading lists) available on DVD from 25 July 2011.

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High Wind In Jamaica

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite savage enough 25 Oct 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
A major influence on John Milius' The Wind and the Lion (Milius would even cast its leading child actress, Deborah Baxter, in his film), Alexander Mackendrick's film of A High Wind in Jamaica is a little too safe for too much of its running time to really capture the heart of childish darkness of the novel. It starts well with the white family praying to God and their black servants sacrificing a chicken in a voodoo ceremony as they both shelter from a fierce storm in the basement of their plantation building, setting up the conflict not just between different cultures but also the generations with the innocent and indifferent fascination children have with the things their elders find most repellent. Yet when they find themselves accidental hostages of Anthony Quinn and James Coburn's pirates, their childish games driving the superstitious crew ever closer to mutiny and the story closer to tragedy, it's somewhat undermined by the fact that these pirates are a surprisingly passive and well behaved lot. Yet when it finally does move into darker waters, it's surprisingly powerful and effective, and there's a real sense of loss to the ending. If the film occasionally threatens to go all Disney on you and isn't up to the standard of Mackendrick's best work, it does share his understanding of how children really behave with films like Mandy, and it also features a surprisingly beautiful full orchestral score by Larry Adler.

Eureka's DVD has a fine widescreen 2.35:1 (Fox's US NTSC DVD also includes a panned-and-scanned fullscreen version) and trailer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal 24 Feb 2014
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Just because something is labelled as a "classic novel" does not save it from being, in fact, mundane trash. That thought should also be doubled-up when the subject in question is a product from long ago. There is a very bad artistic tendency to accept things retrospectively through some sort of rosy haze of misplaced belief and false veneration.

Transferring novels to screen is always a project fraught with danger; the most obvious is that people who have not read the book can only base evaluations on the film, while those that have read the book inevitably compare film with book and usually unfavourably.

Even in the early 1930s the novel in question was regarded very unevenly with many people just finding it "strange" - as in badly plotted, poorly written and plagued with non-sequiturs. At best it achieved a very limited small "cult" following. That then morphed into something bigger and more benign. As is the case with many "classics" - the hype has travelled further and lasted longer than the negative or more balanced assessment.

This film is a complete mush. It comes across as a muddled and badly acted sub par-Disney children's story (which it was presumably not supposed to be?); neither one thing or another.

With a cast of non-characters and a main girl child protagonist that is completely implausible. Any child who behaved as oddly, rudely and totally self-centred as she did would either have been given a good smacking long ago by her parents or been sent to see the doctor. Or both.

Quinn and Coburn look totally miscast and adrift. Coburn just plays Coburn in a role where he really has little to do or say.

In another guise - think of this as the tedious "The Railway Children" - lost at sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Sep 2014
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Good DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars A High Wind in Jamaica 17 Jan 2013
By Sue
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I remembered this film from a long time ago so it made a big impression on me then. Watching it again I loved it all over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 16 Aug 2013
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Just what I wanted. There is nothing else to say about a DVD that you wanted having read the book.
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