4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I sometimes wish I hadn't started to go to the cinema around 1955. Then maybe I wouldn't be quite so hooked on "B" films, both British and American. I think Renown in theory are doing a truly wonderful job of finding old "B" (and not so "B") films and restoring them as best as is possible. In practice some of their releases are pretty awful even for a fan. This double bill isn't bad at all. Good restoration, and both have some fair location work (particulaly "The Sicilians"). "Operation Diplomat" with the underused Guy Rolfe is very Paul Temple ish (well it would be-Writer Francis Durbridge) and he is well supported by the lovely Lisa Daniely and Patricia Dainton. It's nothing too remarkable but it's very watchable. "The Sicilians" is, for me, just as good. This benefits from the almost compulsory Night Club acts ( singer and a dance group), Susan Denny as the heroine and a running time of just over an hour. Good sound and picture on both. I will end by pleading again with Renown - Please reduce your prices! The films just aren't that good to pay anything over the Amazon price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The pairing of an early 1950s and early 1960s film might not seem too good an idea but in this case it works well. The traditional mixes with the vibrant 1960s and the likes of sophisticated Guy Rolfe and US film star, then living in the UK, Robert Hutton make for a couple of hours good entertainment. Look out for the nightclub scenes in The Sicilians as they are fantastic.The sound could be louder on both but the film picture quality is excellent. Good value. Lets have more from Renown. Nice packaging too plus Butchers history booklet again...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2012
Reviewer C. FULLER says "Look out for the nightclub scenes in The Sicilians as they are fantastic". Well, you can hardy miss them, can you? Same with the "lighting up" and downing of alcohol, all contributing to what some call vibrancy. The plot is credible enough but the execution could do with tidying up a bit.
Of the two films, Operation (pun on the word "operation") Diplomat works best, I think; and yes, a rather pricey pair I would have to agree.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The films are as follows:
OPERATION DIPLOMAT - 1953 Black and White - based on a story by Francis Durbridge and highly reminiscent of his famous Paul Temple thrillers.
Surgeon Mark Fenton (Guy Rolfe) is trapped into operating on an unknown man and finds himself a suspect in a major crime investigation. Nice to see Warren Mitchell and Sydney Tafler.
Plenty of nice twists and some good acting and production.
THE SICILIANS - 1964 Black and White - An uncomplicated MAFIA thriller mixed with dance routines and two quite nice songs.
Rather let down by the rather wooden acting of the male leads Robert Hutton and Reginald Marsh.
Worth purchasing for Operation Diplomat treating The Sicilians as a bonus..