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Petticoat Pirates [DVD]

Charlie Drake , Anne Heywood , David MacDonald    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlie Drake, Anne Heywood, Cecil Parker, Victor Maddern, Thorley Walters
  • Directors: David MacDonald
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2014
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EYA5E6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,692 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Charlie The Worker Drake teams up with screen goddess Anne Heywood for this hilarious seagoing comedy. As a loveable, timid stoker engaged to foil the plans of a gang of mutinous Wrens, the diminutive comic finds himself caught up in a maritime battle of the sexes in a classic British feature from 1961 presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

A company of Wrens led by spirited Chief Officer Anne Stevens set out to prove equality with their male counterparts by taking over a warship with breathtaking efficiency, sailing it out to sea and into a NATO naval exercise. However, the renegade Wrens are soon to discover that men really are essential in many ways... while Charlie is all at sea for the first time in his humble career with Her Majesty's Navy!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspect Ratio ok 25 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I must apologize to Network for unfairly judging their comment to another reviewer concerning the aspect ratio of this movie. After having checked I find that it is correct and that all the letters of the names of cast members are present on the frame. I have uploaded a customer image for others to check out.

It's great to see Charlie again after all these years. This film is fifty two years old at the time of writing and it looks really good. So well done Network for releasing these old British films. I'd like to see the original BBFC certificate on the start of them all, perhaps this is something you could consider. I have seen it done on one or two releases so I don't think it would break any laws concerning misleading the public if the classification has changed. It would be a nice, nostalgic touch. Anyway, I'll give this movie five stars now because it does look so good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Network, of whom I am a big fan, have recently made great play of the fact that their DVDs are being shown in their original, theatrically released aspect ratio. 'Petticoat Pirates' is a Cinemascope film, and the opening credits have 'Anne Heywood' billed alongside 'Cecil Parker.' However, the 'A' is missing from 'Anne' and the 'R' is missing from 'Parker,' so that the credit reads, 'nne Heywood Cecil Parke.'

I contacted Network with regard to this and they replied that the fault lies with the settings on my television or DVD player. I wrote back pointing out that I had played this DVD on two different televisions and two different DVD players, and had experimented with every possible setting, but that it made no difference. I also pointed out that I have over 1000 DVDs in my collection, including several Network widescreen releases, and 'Petticoat Pirates' is the only one giving problems. So far they have not replied. The film is advertised as being shown in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but using the admittedly somewhat crude method of measuring the picture on my television screen, it works out at closer to 2.20:1, which would explain the chopping off of the credits.

I would be very interested to know whether anyone else has experienced the same problem. I found the film itself to be very entertaining, as I was a massive Charlie Drake fan in the sixties, but chopping the sides off the picture spoilt it for me, particularly as Network's big pull factor is 'original as-theatrically released aspect ratio.'
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2.0 out of 5 stars PETTICOAT PIRATES. 27 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very disappointed with the picture quality. The focus was very soft throughout the film plus it was non anamorphic, which ment enlarging the picture to fill a widescreen television. Sound quality OK. Such a shame this film was not restored.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lesser naval Drake 20 Feb 2014
This shows all the signs of having been an existing script which Associated British Picture Corporation allowed Charlie Drake to write some scenes for himself (he has co-writer credit) in their second attempt to bring the popular TV comedian to film stardom. If you cut out all of Drake's woeful slapstick scenes, you would not alter the thrust of the story one jot. Basically an innocuous comedy about WREN's not being able to serve at sea (quite an unusual subject for 1961), if this had been another in the long list of black and white British comedies of the era (and Drakeless) it would probably linger fondly in the memory. ABPC, however, filmed it in Technicolor and CinemaScope and allowed Drake (whose character is imaginatively named Charlie Drake) to ruin it. If you fast forward through Drake's irrelevant scenes, you might enjoy this film, packed with familiar British comedy stars of the time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars for drake fans only. 11 Mar 2014
I have to admit that I am not the biggest Charlie drake fan of all time. to me, he tends to be rather irksome than amusing and this film, "petticoat pirates" highlights this problem on more than one occasion. the man himself was not that known for being naturally funny, according to my dad when he spoke to him.
I might buy this one, purely for it being a british 1960s film.
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