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  • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore
  • Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Full Screen, Import
  • Language: 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: PG
  • Studio: Trboy
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 7884034921
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE on 13 May 2007
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Stuart Granger plays the hunter Allen Quartermain. He is asked to take on the task of leading Mrs Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr) on a safari into the unchartedAfrica so that she can find her missing husband Henry. This this respects it is different from the book, which is an all male story.

But this film has everything action, great story, super pictures, drama, suspence and so much more.

NI now have the region 1 DVD and it is a super print, at last a DVD copy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 July 2008
Format: DVD
Written as a bet that he couldn't come up with a better adventure story than Treasure Island, H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines has proved itself a hardy perennial over the years without ever getting a particularly faithful screen adaptation. MGM's 1950 version more or less keeps to the bare bones of the story, but changes the reason for the quest and those on it - not a pure treasure hunt but a search for Deborah Kerr's missing husband who may or may not have met his end searching for the fabled mines. Stewart Granger's fine as her reluctant guide Allan Quatermain (a role originally intended for Errol Flynn, who wasn't physically up to the rigors of difficult location shooting), going purely for the money but gradually thawing enough to start hoping that Kerr really is a widow.

Most of the novel's action is missing, though the climax is still present and correct, but it's still a surprisingly entertaining star vehicle that holds up much better than its reputation might lead you to believe. The film's big selling point is that it was actually shot on remote African locations, quite an achievement with the unwieldy Technicolor cameras of the day. As a result there's a travelogue feel to much of the film as it goes out of its way to stress that they're not on the backlot even though there is a fair bit of back-projection in the big stampede sequence. (MGM had enough footage left over for another three films, with Watusi, the dire 1959 Tarzan the Apeman and the 1973 remake of Trader Horn all making much use of it to keep their costs down.) It may perhaps be a little tame for those raised on Indiana Jones, but if you're not expecting a cliffhanger every reel you'll find a lot to enjoy.

The only extra is a trailer, which boasts a score by Miklos Rozsa (the film has no score at all beyond local African chants).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 July 2009
Format: DVD
Henry Curtis, an Englishman who arrived in Africa to search for the legendary King Solomon's mines, has not been heard from in two years. Now, in 1897, his wife, Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr), has arrived with her brother, John Goode (Richard Carlson), to find him. She will spare no expense, undertake any danger, to rescue her husband. Allan Quatermain (Stewart Granger), rugged, resourceful, decent and experienced, is just the big game hunter and old Africa hand she needs. It will take money, deposited up front, to overcome this widower's reluctance (he has a young son in England to provide for) to go on a dangerous wild goose chase. If her husband hasn't been heard of in two years, Quatermain tells Mrs. Curtis, he is undoubtedly dead. He also has doubts about her motives. They dislike each other on sight...but off into darkest Africa they go in one of Hollywood's grand adventure romances.

The adventure part, for modern audiences, may seem a bit old fashioned. The trio encounter stampeding zebras, strange tribes, spiders the size of saucers, slimy centipedes, army ants, lions, crocodiles...and, as Quatermain points out to Elizabeth Curtis and her brother, in Africa human beings are just meat like every other animal. Still, the on-location color photography is nicely done. It might have been unusual in 1950 but it still holds up well nearly sixty years later. The whole concept of Africa at the turn of the century as a place of Victorian imagination and danger is hard not to enjoy. Africa was a place of lost cities, lost Roman legions, lost fabulous treasures, and even an ancient, forever-young queen who ruled without mercy -- a kind of `she-who-must-really-be-obeyed' She, as Horace Rumpole might say.

The romance part is handled with a great deal of charm.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Weir on 2 Aug. 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is one of the finest films that Stuart Granger has ever done.He plays a white hunter named Allen Quartermain. He is asked to take on the task of leading a Mrs Curtis (Deborah Kerr) on a safari into the unmapped region of Africa so that she can find her missing husband Henry, who as the story goes asked allen to guide him to the legendary Diamond mines.
After much debateing Granger takes Kerr with him. It begins an epic journeythrough the jungle and then the desert, climaxing in a village of an african tribe.
This is one of the greatest adeventures ever to come out of the 1950's. Some of the cinematography is breath taking, especially with all the Gazzells and giraffes. You can see why it has won awards.
There is also the a few humorus conversations, the best of which comes when the group are standing in a clearing and a pride of lions goes past them.
Granger says "don't worry they're not hungry"
The response is " How do you know"
Granger says "If they eat you they're hungry"
A great film that has every thing for every body from start to finish
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