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4.0 out of 5 stars His and Hers [Blu-ray], 14 Oct 2014
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HIS AND HERS [1961] [Blu-ray] The incomparable Terry-Thomas heads the cast of this rare domestic farce directed by Brian Desmond Hurst best-known for the 1951 box-office triumph Scrooge. Also starring Carry On legends Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor, with early film roles for Oliver Reed and Francesca Annis, ‘His and Hers’ is featured here in a new High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Author-explorer Reggie Blake takes an unorthodox approach to his craft, apparently finding inspiration in the adventures suggested by his agent Charles Lunton; it matters little that most of his experiences are wildly embellished or even entirely fictitious...

Reggie's latest trip, however, has proved a little too authentic. Having lost his way in the desert and subsequently adopted by a remote Bedouin tribe, he has experienced a deep transformation in outlook and personality and one that drives his loyal wife Fran to despair. When his pomposity and chauvinism reach alarming new heights, she decides immediate, and dramatic, action is called for!

Cast: Terry-Thomas, Janette Scott, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Nicole Maurey, Billy Lambert, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Kenneth Williams, Meier Tzelniker, Colin Gordon, Joan Hickson, Oliver Reed, Barbara Hicks, Francesca Annis, Dorinda Stevens and Marie Devereux

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst

Producers: John D. Merriman and Hal E. Chester

Screenplay: Jan Englund, Robert Lowell and Stanley Mann

Composer: John Addison

Cinematography: Edward Scaife

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Audio: English: 1.0 Mono Master Audio

Subtitles: English

Region: Region B/2

Running Time: 82 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Network

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: ‘His and Hers’ was the penultimate film from Brian Desmond Hurst, whose moment in the sun was the sterling 1951 adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ featuring Alistair Sim in the title role of Scrooge. Brian Desmond Hurst, along with writers Jan and Mark Lowell and Stanley Mann, hailed from a background in screen drama, so comely was not the likeliest genre for them to tackle.

Intrepid adventurer and author of the hugely successful “I Conquered…” series of books – Reggie Blake [Terry-Thomas] returns from his latest escapade in the Sahara. His past expeditions have all been stage-managed by his canny publisher Charles Dunton [Wilfred Hyde-White]; the sharks he fought in the Atlantic were rubber, the igloo he inhabited in the Arctic had central heating. But this time the set-up went wrong and so for his new book Reggie wants to do away with the fiction and tell it as it really was. The problem is its boring. When Reggie adopts a pompous stance and threatens to take the manuscript elsewhere, it causes friction with both his wife Fran [Janette Scott] and Dunton. Shrewdly aware that the public is eager for a new “I Conquered…” epic, Charles Dunton conspires with Fran to pretend to write a book exposing her husband’s faux adventures – “I Was Conquered by a Middle-aged Monster” – in the hope it’ll coax Reggie into delivering a book that will actually sell. But Reggie proves more stubborn than either of them expects…

…“And much hilarity ensues”, as they say. Except in the case of ‘His and Hers’ it doesn’t quite come off. As previously mentioned, Terry-Thomas’s character isn’t very likeable. Unfortunately, rather damningly, neither are Hyde-White’s or Janette Scott’s. They’re all objectionable. Thus the intended humour as husband and wife divide up their house into “his” and “hers” areas falls flat. Their struggles to adapt to their new roles – he on all levels of domesticity, she in her attempts to immerse herself in the business of authorship – seldom elicit more than a tepid smile.

So what are we left with? Not a lot. It there’s any fun to be derived here, it’s in the form of a myriad of cameos from favourites of the big and small screen. Kenneth Connor, Oliver Reed, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Marie Deveraux, Francesca Annis, Joan Hickson – even a youthful William Roach – have all put in appearances by the time the end credits roll. These cameos certainly lend ‘His and Hers’ curiosity value, but seems to fall short of outright comedy classic. But despite this, I am still glad I have this film, as not many films have been released with Terry-Thomas.

Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘His and Hers’ looks really good for its age on Blu-ray with an encoded crisp Black and White 1080p transfer in an aspect ratio 1.66:1. There is virtually no damage, save for some very, very minor issues, on the source elements and the richness of the blacks is really amazing at times. Contrast is exceptional, and fine detail is completely intact with a very natural looking grain structure. Network has done itself proud once again with this release.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – Network rolls out the original 1.0 Mono Master Audio track that is a little wasted in long stretches of the production. Most of what occurs stays in the front, with no noticeable directional effects or speaker panning, and the track is adequate without being overkill.

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Finally, despite a bit of a negative review to this film I have read, well I feel it is unjust, as if you do not have a good script and other aspects that the Director has to work with and tries to make s silk purse out of a sows ear, well that is why sometimes it falls slightly flat, but I liked it very much and will now and again dip into watching this film, as again there is not enough of Blu-ray releases of Terry-Thomas films, which I hope Network Distribution will now set out to bring more films out with this very funny comedian. Despite this, I still think it is worth purchasing this Blu-ray and there are several comedy moments that will have you chuckle now and again.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful film, 26 Sep 2014
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This may not be especially deep or the most hilarious film ever made, but this is an absolutely lovely blu ray image, and Terry-Thomas, Wilifred Hyde-White, Janette Scott, and Nicole Maurey ("Simone") look great. I found it entertaining and refreshing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Thomas entertainment, 5 Oct 2014
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Can't beat a Terry Thomas movie. Totally entertaining with some good laughs. Most importantly a very good print being Blu Ray, actually quite surprised at the quality of the print including the sound. Recommend for all Terry Thomas fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love Terry Thomas, 27 Sep 2014
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love Terry Thomas, This is a classic British film with classic actors.
Its a pity we don't see these type of films on mainstream tv.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Those were the days...., 10 Dec 2014
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Old fashioned male chauvinism but charming. Could easily be a play – limited change of scenes. You need to be a Terry Thomas fan really to enjoy this.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 14 Aug 2014
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Another spot on oldie.. I for one love em !!
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