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  • Actors: Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker, Sally Ann Howes, Martita Hunt
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Lewis Gilbert, J.M. Barrie, Vernon Harris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002X6LOWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,346 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crichton (Kenneth More, A Night to Remember) is the result of “a happy combination,” the son of a butler and a ladies’ maid. He performs his duties perfectly, keeping order among the servants of Loam Hall and providing every comfort to his master, Lord Loam (Cecil Parker, The Ladykillers). There is no more fervent believer that one should know his place. When tragedy strikes the Loams as a result of Lady Catherine’s indiscretion at a suffragette protest, Crichton suggests the family leave London and travel to the South Seas on their yacht until the unhappy episode can be forgotten. The ship overturns and the Loams and their party are washed onto a deserted island. Forced to reckon with their survival, it’s clear that only Crichton is equal to the task of managing the group, and the Loams dub him “Governor.” Based on a J.M. Barrie play, this is a charming and devilishly clever exploration of class distinction and its effect on love and social order. Directed by Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, H.M

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
The Admirable Crichton is an adaptation of J.M. Barrie's role reversal play, taking pot shots at the British class system and starring Kenneth More in the title role, it's something of a little treasure. Basically the plot sees Butler supreme Crichton become the governor of the desert island that he, and the toff family he serves, have been shipwrecked upon. The point being that these rich toffs, tho basically good people, are ill equipped to fend for themselves in the cold hard world. Crichton of course is well prepared for this new life forced upon them. He can cook, swim, catch fish, even start a fire, which none of the rich folk are capable of doing! We are of course asked to suspend a modicum of disbelief, I mean there are four sexy babes on this island and all of them start to fancy Crichton! Yes it's that sort of film folks. But it's a real well told story that is acted with fine skill, particularly from More and the infectious Cecil Parker as Lord Loam, whilst red blooded men such as myself get the benefit of some rather pretty looking ladies, especially Sally Ann Howes as Lady Mary. The ending is never really in doubt, but you know what, in this type of picture I didn't want it any other way. Highly recommended escapism. 7/10
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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I love this film, one of my all time favourites. So why only fou stars???

I feel this is an American version as the titles at the beginning actually say the film is titled "Paradise Lagoon" and the opening sequence picture was not right. However once the film got going all was well.

Apart from the annoyance of the opening sequences, the film itself is wonderful. The story: A well to do family become shipwrecked in the south seas, miles off the usual trading routes and 'set up home' there. Over the two years they are all marooned on their island the butler, Mr Crichton (played superbly by Kenneth More) becomes the 'Gov' (Governor) and the family basically his servants. The original story was by Peter Pan writer, J M Barrie and in my opinion one of his better stories.

I would always give this film 5 stars, but for the first few minutes, I have to lose a star - shame, but at least it doesn't detract from an excellent film.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Osler on 16 Aug. 2012
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The title on the DVD box is "The Admirable Crichton" (i.e. the British title) but the films credits show it as "Paradise Lagoon" (the American title). The aspect ratio is not the original one of 1.96:1 but 3:4 and there is no restoration. The soundtrack, in its original mono, has a "tinny" compressed quality to it and although it is passable the conversion from the original Westrex Mono Sound to the AC3 48KHz 192 Kbps Stereo soundtrack (2 x Mono) could have been better. I suspect that this DVD was made from an American broadcast quality tape rather than from an original film print. There are visual artefacts and blotches throughout although the colour balance is good but possibly a bit too vibrant. The only language is English and there are subtitles in English for the hard of hearing. At the cheap price I paid which was £4.63 I'm happy with my purchase although I would pay four times that price for a decent print in its correct aspect ratio and six times that price for a fully restored version.

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Again I come to Amazon to buy one of my favourite films on DVD. Great. It has been released on Region 2 DVD now and there are reviews from 25 people. Super... one of those people... just one, must have bothered to report on the actual product and not just the plot of the film.
Again I am disappointed. My God! 25 people all telling me a plot I already know and one that had I not known it I could have found out about at IMDB or a mutitude of other sites. It really is pathetic. People reading Amazon reviews want to know about the quality of the product. If it were an umbrella would one write "It's great! The moment I put it up, it kept the rain off me. I managed to walk from my house to the bus stop and hardly got wet at all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Masterton on 10 Mar. 2010
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I have wanted this DVD for years,great film.For some reason the US market have called is Paradise Lost or something like that & that's what you get when you play it..annoying.
But the film is as good as ever,whu it has never been released in the UK is beyond me,when you think of the rubbish that has been!
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What a treat to be able to watch a play by J.M. Barrie as a film. Yes, it's old and hilariously costumed (think Carry On films on a beach) and yet it's hugely entertaining! Kenneth More is brilliant as the highly practical and intelligent butler who knows his place but saves the day and earns a new standing. I love the idea of the squire of the manor becoming `Daddy' to his servants, and no ill feelings either! They all find their levels in a nearly Utopian society on a beautiful desert island that provides everything they need. We can suspend reality and envy them! And yet, reality's there too. Wonderful stuff, I highly recommend this.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2011
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In 1902, a yacht of British aristocrats and their two servants vacationing in the South Seas runs afoul of a storm and they must abandon ship. Eventually, they are marooned on an uninhabited desert island and it's the butler (Kenneth More) who has the ability and the fortitude to take over and save them from starvation. In the two years they are on the island, the class system is reversed with the butler the leader and aristocrats the workers. J.M. Barrie's satirical comedy of manners on the English class system is both amusing and poignant and director Lewis Gilbert (ALFIE) handles the balance artfully. What seems like a Utopia on the island is just another class system and when/if they are rescued, will they have learned anything or will they retreat to their established positions? The Bermuda locations are indeed a paradise and lovingly photographed by Wilkie Cooper (JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS). With Diane Cilento, Sally Ann Howes, Cecil Parker and Martita Hunt. Previously filmed in 1919 by Cecil B. DeMille under the title MALE AND FEMALE.

The Sony DVD via Great Britain is a tad on the soft side and full frame but very watchable.
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