- Actors: Alan Shearman, Diz White, Ron House, Frances Tomelty, Michael Aldridge
- Directors: Dick Clement
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 8 Feb. 2010
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002VD5S2O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,811 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Alan Shearman, Mel Smith, Billy Connolly and Ron Pember star in this spoof of British pulp hero Bulldog Drummond. Dashing Captain Hugh 'Bullshot' Crummond (Shearman) is a WWI ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth and all round spiffing chap who must put his incredible talents to the test and save the world from his wartime adversary, the dastardly Count Otto van Bruno (Ronald E. House).
Top Customer Reviews
Bulldog Drummond was a James Bond type of UK hero in the pre Second World War (and after) era. He was a bit less naughty than James and was a pipe-smoking wholesome fellow who had fought in the First World War.
Captain Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond is a parody of him. The hero appears to have amazing sang froid ("Fear? Sorry, I don't know the meaning of the word"), and is very well-intentioned, but alas does seem to make some rather serious mistakes (he was an officer in the trenches in the First World War and caused enormous casualties and injuries to his men due to his carelessness. Billy Connolly plays one of them - the blinded Hawkeye MacGillicuddy).
A number of other familiar actors and actresses appear and seem to have a lot of fun. The female lead, Diz White, and Bullshot's mate Binkie are really gormless. Bullshot's valet is the perfect embodiment of a gentleman's gentleman. The German villain, Von Bruno, is really evil and his female partner is after poor old Bullshot's body (we are led to believe that he is apparently rather well endowed in the courting tackle department, although the filming is fortunately very decorous).
I would have to admit that it is a little hammed up perhaps..........Read more ›
However, did they take the 4:3 original and convert it to widescreen by chopping the top and bottom of the frame off, along with peoples heads?
I'll dig out my VHS copy to check. If so, why didn't they just leave it as 4:3?
Unfortunately the Amazon system lumps all the review comments for each edition together, so it's important to note that the 2010 Optimum edition is probably closest to what we would have seen in the cinema. Bullshot was not a widescreen film. The Optimum Home Entertainment edition is fullscreen 4:3 for the main feature, but includes a letterboxed aspect ratio to display all of the detail in the opening and closing credits.
The colour and contrast of the Optimum edition are excellent and all round it is a very good transfer from film. For about 10 years I had already owned an Australian "Rainbow Entertainment" edition, but it was clearly a simple transfer from VHS - with washed out colours and severe ghosting. So I am very happy to now have an edition which does this unique and hilarious film due justice.
It also appears quite grainy and not very sharp in it picture quality.
Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond is the greatest living Brit. He Rows for Britain, he takes part in virtually every event at the Olympics, he won the war single handedly, men want to be like him and women want to be with him. Or, at least, that is the public percption. Whilst he is, indeed, a remarkable man, he is also a bumbling bafoon.
Professor Fenton has invented a new fuel that will make Britain a force once more. However, Crummond's arch nemesis, the Baron, has stolen it and the professor and so Crummond, with the help of Fenton's besotted daughter, sets out to retrieve the formula and save the world.
In the process he encounters old chums such as Hawkeye MacAdey (Billy Connely), his former lookout but now, sadly, blind after an accident involving Crummond, and "Lofty" Crouch Mel Smith), formerly a striking 6 footer but now somewhat shorter since Bullshot ran him over in a tank.
To give an idea of the humour involved, the opening scene sees our Hero involved in an aerial dog fight with his arch-enemy. As Bullshot closes in for the kill, he notices the machine gun of his rival's focker fighter-plane is jammed and so "Not being of the breed to take advantage of an unarmed man, Crummond pulls alongside to salute a worthy adversary. However, the events you are about to witness would never have occured, had he finished off that Focker in the first place".
It's a classic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for someone, not something I would have bought for myself so can't really comment.Published 2 months ago by T and D
Great film, I watched it many years ago, it still makes me laugh now great cast and great acting, a favourite in my collection.Published on 19 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
A great British comedy, even funnier than I remember. The sound and picture are first class. I would recommend it to all fans of comedy classics.Published on 25 Feb. 2014 by Rayzalaff
Totally over the top mocking of upper class establishment which I like, never takes its self seriously which I feel is the pointPublished on 10 Sept. 2013 by roger john higgins