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In Search Of The Castaways [DVD]
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2005
I'm afraid that I firmly believe the reviewer (below?), from Blackpool, is mistaken - this film IS cropped at the sides. There are instances of films being "unmasked" on DVD, thus giving more picture information than widescreen, but I'm sorry to say that this isn't the case here. Not only is the framing much too close to allow this, but even a couple of the opening credits disappear off the sides of the screen. The film should be in 1.75:1 ratio, instead of the 1.33:1 full screen version here.
This is a wonderful, old fashioned adventure film - one of Disney's very best in the genre - but is at least partially ruined by the framing. Apart from the lost picture information, it simply looks "wrong". The print looks fresh but the framing is just ugly. There are far too many instances of classic films being given this treatment and Disney is one of the worst offenders. When will studios treat their classic films (and their customers) with respect?
The film is 94.5 minutes with 10 chapter stops. There are no extras (not even a trailer) and no insert.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A lavish but abortive attempt to recreate the success of Swiss Family Robinson and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and filmed when Walt himself still ruled the studio with an iron hand, a lot of money has obviously been spent on In Search of the Castaways - Paul Beeson's colour photography and Michael Stringer's art direction are very attractive - but little care. Hayley Mills is an appealing young heroine in search of her shipwrecked father but Maurice Chevalier, coming across more like a prospective dirty old man than a guardian, is a distinct embarrassment on the quest that sees them brave fire, flood, earthquake and unfriendly natives. Filming by numbers, this is surprisingly heavy-going. The script is disjointed and uninvolving, with the film looking as if it was heavily re-edited at the last minute, leaving loose ends all over the place as if everyone lost faith halfway through production. Not much faith in the DVD either - a fullframe release with no extras at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In Search of the Castaways is a live action Disney feature film that stars Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, Wilfrid Hyde-White, George Sanders, Keith Hamshere & Michael Anderson Jr. It's directed by Robert Stevenson and adapted for the screen by Lowell S. Hawley from Jules Verne's novel Captain Grant's Children. Plot sees Mills and Hamshere as the Grant siblings who along with Professor Paganel (Chevalier), Lord Glenarvan (White) & his son John (Anderson Jr), set off on a Worldwide search for their shipwrecked father.

Standard Disney live action formula that is as fun as it is simple. The adventure sees the intrepid group have to deal with a number of Mother Earth's creatures and natural disasters. The roll call contains a condor, jaguar, crocodiles, avalanche, earthquake, lightning, volcano and a giant waterspout! While peril of the human kind comes courtesy of a hungry tribe of Maori's and a band of braggarts led by debonair dastardly George Sanders. Hyde-White is just terrific, as too is Wilfrid Bramble who shows up late in proceedings as a loony old prisoner of the Maori's.

It's daft with a natural tongue in cheek vibe to it, but to expect anything less at the outset would be pure folly. 7/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
I always hoped that these classic were easy to find so I could relive those Sunday afternoons watching old Disney movies.

This is an amazing ridiculous story of a brother and sister who want to search for their father who is lost at sea. After a frenchman finds a bottle with a message they convince the ship's owner to travel to New Zealand to find the castaways. Crazy adventure with a couple of songs too, great fun to watch with the family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
Funny thing is you forget that Hayley Mills made so many films. Non violent and non sexual and none silly. In the sense that it does not have girls trying to fit in or boys going off and finding a lost world. It does have an historic value of a perception of the world during a real time.

So they go looking for their father go around the world on a boat. And have adventures in South America at one time a mysterious continent. And to me a beautiful place filled with wonderful people. Do not expect vast cinematography and wonderful locations it looks like it was all studio based. Misconceptions of Native Peoples. But hey ho...

Rainy day viewing definitely. Or if you are having a nostalgic moment. I did enjoy it but then again it was nostalgia for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2013
Anyone growing up in the 1960's will remember these vintage classic films made by the Disney Studios at their heyday. The story is certainly implausible, but nonetheless is pure escapism at its very best. The background effects are great, and as a young schoolbay when I first viewed the film, it certainly captured my young imagination - it had the same effect when I viewed it again recently, despite 35 years having elapsed in between viewings!!. If you want to escape from the harsh realities of everyday living just for an afternoon, then I suggest you settle down and let the old trouper Maurice Chevalier and his friends transport you back into the more innocent and exciting world of make believe!!.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2004
This has been one of my all-time favourite Disney live-action films forthe past 20 years...so I know it was originally released in 70mm. I wasvery much looking forward to receiving this film on DVD, taking forgranted Disney would release a quality version...how wrong can you be? Iwas really disappointed to find it was in a FULL SCREEN version - what awaste of money! I have recorded better off the BBC, who always show thisin its full version. Not worth paying for in my opinion, get it off theTV.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2013
I saw this film when I was a teenager and was a Haley Mills fan. I think it should be in all Disney collection as it is a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2014
AS A CHILD OR ADULT I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THIS ADVENTURE MOVIE. STILL ENJOY IT TODAY AND WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANY AGE.
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on 28 July 2015
Good ol' fashioned Disney! It's a proper adventure with the two children of a shipwrecked sea captain convincing, with the aid of his young son, the owner of the shipping line to go in search of their lost father. Convincing the shipping mogul, ably played by stalwart of cinema Wifred Hyde-White, is complicated by the unlikely assertion that a note from the captain was found in a bottle inside a mako shark.Various unlikely but entertaining adventures ensue embellished by some creditable visual effects and George Sanders as the villain. Possibly the only negative point is the derogatory portrayal of the Maori and Patagonian peoples but, that aside, the film is still hugely entertaining - possibly best on a wet Sunday afternoon. UK viewers look out for Wilfred Bramble of Steptoe & Son fame as the eccentric shipmate of Captain Grant, Will Gaye. Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier star in the film based on the novel by Jules Verne.
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