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  • Actors: Ian Hendry, Janette Scott, Ronald Fraser, Edmund Purdom, Jean Claudio
  • Directors: Val Guest
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A6F1QAC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1960s British comedy drama in which a young woman finds a new career as a beauty queen. Attractive typist Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott) is encouraged by newspaper man Don Mackenzie (Ian Hendry) to enter a beauty pageant while on vacation. After winning she decides to quit her job and become a full-time contestant, proving to be very successful. However, her success won't last forever...

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Johnson on 8 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD not realising that it was shown in an old-fashioned TV ratio, with the opening titles in Cinemascope and the rest in pan-and-scan 4:3. That's just not acceptable nowadays.

Added a couple of days later: it is a good film, well-acted, energetic in its writing and direction, and fascinating from a social/historical point of view. The framing doesn't entirely ruin it. But it was a big-budget production for a British movie of the time, in colour and Cinemascope, with big settings and a lot going on in the background that's simply thrown away in a pan-and-scanned version. And pan-and-scan is so totally unnecessary in this day and age. It never looked good, and in 2013 it's as obsolete as a format could be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GoVegan4Life on 4 Jun. 2014
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Don't waste your money on the substandard UK Strawberry Media DVD. It's been panned and scanned and has lost nearly 50% of the original image from the sides.

The Australian Madman DVD is great quality and has an uncropped 2.35:1 anamorphic image. It also contains the original trailer and an image gallery.
It's the one with a yellow 'PG' sticker and Janette Scott in a blonde wig on the sleeve...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M Hobbs on 25 April 2013
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This is a deliciously Un-PC film, with a stellar cast, and wonderfully evocative of a different age.
Our hero Don (Ian Hendry) is one of life's chancers, always looking for an angle, and happens upon a very pretty provincial (but also very naïve) typist Janette (Shirley Freeman), whilst she's on a Seaside Holiday.
Don sees the potential for Janette's success in the established beauty contest circuit (which was very much alive and kicking in the 60s) an opportunity to make some money, and soon persuades Janette to enter.
Janette starts to learn the ropes, and becomes increasingly successful. Is everything as it seems? And will she be any happier..........?
In spite of Don's initial Svengali effect on Janette, things begin to develop, as Janette becomes ever more focussed and driven.
Things become more complicated as Don falls in love with our lass, displaying ever more boorish behaviour. Does Don like what he's created, and just who is now manipulating who?
There's an old saying: "Be careful what you wish for........."
A tale of morality that is both charming and gritty in equal measure.
Those of us of a certain age will love all of the familiar faces in the film, especially Don's Photographer sidekick, Walter (Ronald Fraser)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Taylor on 8 Jun. 2013
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I heartily agree with the other comments that in this day and age it's completely ridiculous to release films onto DVD of this vintage originally made in CinemaScope in these pan and scan versions which were presumably printed for TV broadcasts years ago. It's doubly ridiculous as we all now have widescreen TVs and it seems the one thing designed to alienate your potential customers from the start. Presumably the idea is to sell as many copies as possible but by releasing titles in this antiquated format you are going to lose many sales. It happens everywhere, and even an excellent series like the 20th Century Fox archive releases is marred by the same practice.

Having said that, I've just watched The Beauty Jungle and I'd like to feed back my impression that although it's a real shame it's been released in this format it didn't completely ruin my enjoyment. The pan and scan has been done as well as it ever could be, there are very few scenes to my eye which were completely ruined (as there often are in the mid 50's Fox films, when two characters hold a conversation from opposing edges of the screen, usually meaning we see two noses on either edge of a great void in the middle!) I even by the end had almost forgotten it was in this incorrect ratio.

This was a film I remember seeing in 1964 at the cinema and can't recall seeing it since then - it's a real nostalgia piece now, and Jeanette Scott I thought gives an excellent performance, as does Ian Hendry as her promoter. I really enjoyed it and will probably view it again before filing it away. The cast is interesting, Tommy Trinder as himself and (all too briefly) Kay Walsh and Norman Bird as Jeanette's parents.

So, all I'm saying is, if you really want to see this again, don't be too deterred by the aspect ration problem - you'll still enjoy this I'm sure.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ed and Marsha Nunnery on 11 Jun. 2013
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One would think that at this late date they wouldn't still be releasing hacked off 4:3 TV versions of CinemaScope films! You're missing a third of the film! Cheap scoundrels! Its a rip-off.
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This an excellent film, butchered by the UK DVD release. This region 4 edition is in proper ratio and by all accounts is an excellent and preferrable alternate version (although at 20 pounds very expensive). But there's a third version, on this site under 'giungla di bellezze' an dvd Italian Import which is also in proper scope and for (at the time of checking) just 8 quid or so with low postage. This latter disc is just the bare bones with not even a trailer; but if just the film's the thing...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mozfish on 10 Aug. 2013
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I am a fan of many British films of the 1950s and 60s and I always watch with an appreciative view and expectation that some pictures may seem dated watching them 50-60 years later. However, I thought The Beauty Jungle was contemporary in its themes, and probably as true to the subject today as it was then - especially if you replace beauty contests with modelling/acting/pop careers for a more modern comparison. Some scenes in the film show that the world hasn't altered much, in particular, regarding the disorganisation of rooming the competing girls together and how Miss Israel has been put to share with Miss Palestine.

A few other reviewers have commented on the screen resolution technicalities whilst viewing. I watched it through the PC on a 21" wide monitor instead of DVD player/TV and the first few minutes of the film filled about 30% of the screen, but it automatically adjusted to a more watchable 4:3 ratio.

I am so glad this film was FINALLY released for home viewing as it has been on my 'films to watch' list for 20 years. As someone who was born in the 1970s, I am watching these films for the first time (unless I have caught them on Channel 4 one rainy afternoon many years ago)and it has been a while since I discovered a gem. It is now one of my 60s film favourites. I can't think why it took so long for a DVD release and why it was never on VHS but hurrah!

Oh,a little piece of trivia - Janette Scott, the actress who plays the main character, is the daughter of Thora Hird.
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