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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie of High Quality
A Classic

First Class movie. Well acted and the twins were marvellous. Old stalwarts Errol Flynn, Claude Rains and Al;an Hale were also excellent as was Barton McLaine a the villain.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor transfer
Be warned that the transfer is poor quality. It's plainly from an American transfer, as there is jerky motion on panning caused by the conversion from 24 to 60 to 25fps, and the line structure is clearly visible. The contrast is poor, so that the whole thing looks mirky. The opening is clipped, missing the Warner logo and fading in Korngold's music a couple of bars in...
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by R. F. Wilmut


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor transfer, 3 Oct 2010
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R. F. Wilmut (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Prince and the Pauper [DVD] [1937] (DVD)
Be warned that the transfer is poor quality. It's plainly from an American transfer, as there is jerky motion on panning caused by the conversion from 24 to 60 to 25fps, and the line structure is clearly visible. The contrast is poor, so that the whole thing looks mirky. The opening is clipped, missing the Warner logo and fading in Korngold's music a couple of bars in. The sound is acceptable but fairly muffled.

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much choice - the only other one listed is a Korean import which may or may not be any better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple of rewrites and some tighter editing away from being a classic, 14 Sep 2010
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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On paper it's hard to understand why the 1937 version of The Prince and the Pauper isn't better remembered today - lavishly filmed by Warner Bros. at their peak with Errol Flynn, Claude Rains and Alan Hale starring, Erich Wolfgang Korngold scoring and Sol Polito lighting for their Robin Hood co-director William Keighley (with help from an uncredited William Dieterle when he fell ill) with a literate and witty script and a real pair of identical twins (Billy and Bobby Mauch) who can act as well as the script demands, it should be an absolute winner but instead has to settle for entertaining but a little disappointing considering the talent involved. Part of the problem seems to be that 'lyrical' pacing that got Keighley replaced by Michael Curtiz on the Sherwood Forest gig - he's so in love with the scenes in the palace that the film's nearly half over before the Prince suddenly finds himself a Pauper and Errol Flynn enters the fray as his impoverished but stylish accidental protector. Indeed, despite his top-billing, Flynn's a minor supporting player here, all but disappearing from the film's finale as things threaten to draw to a standstill with what must be the longest coronation scene in screen history - nearly two reels, apparently designed to cash-in on the massive international publicity surrounding King George IV of Great Britain's coronation the week after the film opened.

At times the film feels both over-written - albeit entertainingly so, with some elegant verbal barbs - and under-plotted, lingering so long in court with the long time a-dyin' Henry VIII (Montagu Love) that it has to race through much of the Prince's rude awakening to life in the kingdom his double has inherited. Yet if it wastes its star for much of its running time, there's some choice-cut villainy from Claude Rains' would-be Lord Protector and Alan Hale's villainous Captain of the Palace Guard, here Flynn's enemy rather than his sidekick, and there are some interesting political machinations and a rare emphasis on the religious divisions of the time. It may be a couple of rewrites and some tighter editing away from a classic, but it's still one of the more entertaining versions of Twain's tale and works well enough for most of its two hours.

A word of warning - try to find Warner Home Video's Region 1 NTSC transfer, which boasts fine print quality and the original theatrical trailer, or their French PAL release (available from Amazon.fr as Le Prince et le Pauvre) rather than Cornerstone's dubious Public Domain release which has a typically poor standards conversion transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie of High Quality, 1 Nov 2013
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D. C. Davies "Filmgoer" (Wales) - See all my reviews
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A Classic

First Class movie. Well acted and the twins were marvellous. Old stalwarts Errol Flynn, Claude Rains and Al;an Hale were also excellent as was Barton McLaine a the villain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flynn a late arrival in this definitive version of Prince & The Pauper, 9 Mar 2013
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This is my favourite version of the well loved Mark Twain novel with a big
budget and impressive sets .With some awful prints going around this a beautiful clean print by Warner Home Video

Errol Flynn makes a late arrival in the film but even so there is much to savour and enjoy before he does so.

I admire the acting of Montagu Love as a gruff imposing Henry VIII he almost steals the film in a memorable characterisation booming baleful threatening prophecies at his corrupt court and in his death bed dispensing sound political advice to his son Edward .Claude Rains is sumptuous voiced as the oily conniving Earl of Hertford and Mauch twins Bobby and Billy are amusing in the dual roles .

Alan Hale in his first film with Flynn( with whom he formed a close friendship and as a memorable buddy in a series of Flynn epics)is here uniquely cast as a rascally captain of the guard and enemy .

This is the definitive version of a much loved classic with a gamut of splendid character acting and splendid and rich sets to enjoy before the late and welcome arrival of Errol Flynn as a handsome and gallant 'Miles Hendon'
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3.0 out of 5 stars The DVD transfer does NOT dignify this Twain classic!, 4 Jan 2013
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Directed by famous "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) co-director William Keighley, this classic 1937 movie after a great tale by Mark Twain is a really entertaining one - despite its age (IMDB.com rating: 7.2 out of 10)! So, what could possibly have made the editors decide to tranfer it THIS POORLY to DVD? Sadly, it is the only edition to be around...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warner Archive Release., 18 July 2012
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Hank (East Yorkshire, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This has now been released on the Warner Archive Collection, so the picture and sound should be much
better than the previous releases mentioned by previous reviewers. Whilst I have not yet purchased this new
release, I have purchased many Archive DVDs put out by Warners already, with no problems.
This is now the one to get.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Will never again complain about the poor films made from In Praise of Older Women, 21 July 2014
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Mr. Stephen Vizinczey (London) - See all my reviews
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Will never again complain about the poor films made from In Praise of Older Women.. Mark Twain's masterpiece is one of the most dramatic work of American literature, a profound parallel between the rich and poor in medieval society and the murderous superstitions of the human race. This great novel was turned into a simple blackmail drama for children, wasting good actors. ,.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not enough errol., 6 Dec 2011
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jeremiah harbottle (Littlebourne, Kent.) - See all my reviews
this film has great promise but the fact that there isn't enough of errol flynn, makes "the prince and the pauper" a disappointment. flynn is relegated to supporting actor, he doesn't appear until about 51 minutes into the film, he keeps disappearing there after and he is still given top billing!
thank goodness there's claude rains and alan hale to keep the film afloat: they are brilliant as the villians. it makes for a change to see alan hale in a different type of character.
the sets and costumes are very good but this isn't much compensation, sadly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The prince and the pauper, 22 Jun 2010
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Mr. W. ROGERS (upton wirral uk) - See all my reviews
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what more can I say for Errol Flynn, he his one actor that needs no mention when you see his name is enough when it comes to buying movies he was the best film actor out of all actors he could handle a sword he was a good laugh in all his movies and full of action there are still a few that needs to be put on dvd , when it comes to Flynn thats all we want to see today no one will ever replace him as an Action and adventure star, he will never die and he his one actor that we can all say he was the best and never today will one ever take his parts, he is what we call Thats Entertainment.what other actor inc British actors will portray Robin Hood as he did . I can only say one thing it is impossible. this movie is well worth buying and treasure it for always. you wont ever find a better actor when it comes to movies all his movies are 100%
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Product details untrue, 22 Jun 2011
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In the product details, on Amazon, were mentioned "English subtitles", but that's NOT true. No subtitles at all on the films. This is unfair and uncorrect.
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