You can usually tell how unsuccessful a film has been from the number of alternate titles it has, and this lavish period comedy has more than it's share - as well as (to give it its full title) Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon, P.T. Barnum's Rocket to the Moon, it's also known as Blast Off and Those Fantastic Flying Fools. The latter is the real giveaway, with producer Harry Alan Towers aiming for the kind of success that Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines enjoyed by poaching a couple of its stars (Terry Thomas and Gert Frobe) for a comedy about the space race set in the Victorian era, with a bankrupt P.T. Barnum's attempts to finance a rocket being undermined by caddish Terry-Thomas and various other would-be comical characters with a vested interest in seeing him fail. It's all rather twee and very predictable, but in an undemanding and slightly comforting way - while it's rarely particularly funny, it's oddly difficult to dislike even if it often feel more than a little similar to The Mouse On the Moon. With surprisingly lavish production values and a jaunty score from John Scott it's certainly not essential viewing but if you don't have too high expectations it's strangely likeable.
As with the previous release of this title, it boast an acceptable transfer in its original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio.