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on 30 January 2015
Best print I have seen, The only thing missing is the trailer which can be found on youtube. Beware other releases, I mistakenly purchased a print that was merely a bad transfer of the old NTSC VHS version that was released by MGM some years ago, they even went so far as to make the release look legitimate by reformatting the cover from the tape box.
Anyway, this is a terrific wide screen version. The colours are crisp and clear and the costumes and sets look amazing.
Good lead role for Charles Bronson who had previously co-starred with Vincent in House Of Wax. Vincent himself does a commendable job of a man trying to make a difference to the world and you actually feel sorry for him at the end.
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If you can overlook the underfunded special effects, the very obvious sets and the ample stock footage, Master of the World is an enjoyable matinee fantasy adventure adapted by the prolific Richard Matheson from a couple of Jules Verne's less remembered novels that plays out like an airborne version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with Vincent Price's Nemo-esque Robur planning to end all war by destroying all armies and weapons from his giant airship, The Albatross. It obviously doubles as a time machine, since even though it's set towards the end of the 19th century it can be seen flying over Elizabethan London courtesy of stock footage from Olivier's Henry V, the Battle of Trafalgar from That Hamilton Woman via the big battle scene from Korda's The Four Feathers. It's the kind of film where the back-projection, model shots and matte paintings never convince and were probably never intended to, but have enough old-world design charm for it not to really matter, while Les Baxter offers a rather seductive score that's above and beyond the call of duty for this kind of film, though his end title song didn't make the final cut ("If he rules just one heart a man is a king/It seems as though his soul has taken wing/And like the stars that fly on high above the Earth/A man is Master of the World/When he is loved!"). Charles Bronson is miscast as the suave secret serviceman advocating avoiding antagonising Robur but still comes off much better than you'd expect, Henry Hull is as irritating as usual as the arms manufacturer who finds himself an unwilling passenger on the Albatross, while Mary Webster as his daughter and obligatory romantic interest provides the source of antagonism between Bronson and David Frankham's impatient suitor: it may not be the finest hour for any of them, but they all do what is expected of them without looking like they're above this sort of thing. Matinee stuff, for sure, but engagingly cheap and cheerful with it.

Unfortunately the original Spanish DVD (with a photographic cover) is overcropped, losing some of the image at the top of the screen in particular in this widescreen transfer - a shame because it's clearly been remastered with decent colour and definition and - aside from one sequence, which is only slight affected - there's no sign of excessive noise reduction, but they simply got the cropping awry. The second Spanish edition used the same master released through Fox in Spain (which uses the poster artwork on the cover rather than a photo-montage) thankfully corrects the cropping problem but also offers no extras.
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101 FILMS have released a pretty good transfer. 16.9 ratio (fills my entire TV screen)(the cover says 1.77.1 and I still get so confused!). The colour and clarity of picture is good as is the sound tho I did need to turn the volume down sometimes for the music. Without Price, and to a lesser extent, Bronson, this would be a complete dud. Poor SFX and Matte work, and a weak cast (Henry Hull is not my cup of tea), tho was that THE Richard Harrison of Peplum movies as a crew member who spends most of the film with his shirt off.? Price saves the day with a literally towering performence. See if you can identify the films that the "war" scenes are lifted from, inappropriate camera angles and all. The bottom line is although I quite liked it, I can't recomend it without serious reservations...Too long and talky for kids, and a bit too talky and poorly made for some adults
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on 1 March 2015
it was better than brilliant thanks ever so much
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on 22 August 2014
Other reviewers have summed up the film very well, I would just add that the 101 Films release is a nice quality anamorphic widescreen print.
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on 9 September 2015
Good film for its age strong performances from Charles Bronson... good service on delivery from Amazon
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on 17 September 2014
PERFECT
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on 26 January 2016
excellent
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on 4 April 2016
This is without a doubt the most awful film I have ever watched, it's the pits!
It was given to me as a present "I am now certain this person absolutely hates me!"
The special effects are as dire as International Rescue without the strings.
At one point we are treated to a low level flight over London, which appears to be Elizabethan London no less, complete with the Globe theatre and wooden sailing ships, the likes of which Drake and Raleigh would have sailed in!
(Literally Unbelievable) There must surely have been some kind of a time warp on their voyage to jump from 1868 to sometime in the 1600s.
The ship looks to all intents and purposes to have been designed by Heath Robinson on a really bad day.
The acting by all concerned is appalling. Vincent Price is once again in the character of a Count Dracula type, ham acting at its most painful.
Charles Bronson is waiting for a chance to kill everyone but never does.
The rest of the cast were never heard of again!
Thank God!
Buy it and donate it to your worst enemy, or your mother in law!
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on 18 January 2016
excellent
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