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on 15 July 2014
This is the fourth Carry On movie to get the Blu-ray treatment (following Cleo, Cowboy & Screaming) and in terms of picture quality it is outstanding. I watched the Blu-ray with a friend of mine who is as mad about Carry Ons as I. Afterwards we had a quick look at my DVD copy for comparison and it's incredible the job Studio Canal has done to remaster this film. I'm really pleased that they're carrying out this work because UK cinema and the Carry Ons in general are often overlooked in favour of big blockbusters and Hollywood drivel. The Carry Ons are an important part of UK culture, so please keep these blu-rays coming! As far as the plot goes, I'm sure you all know it by now: Bernard Cribbins goes to join the frigate Venus during the Napoleonic Wars, however he gets mugged by a prostitute (Juliet Mills) and is then unwittingly press-ganged into joining the ship he was going to join in the first place, only to find the prostitute is already there, wearing his uniform pretending to be him. This was an unusual Carry On for its time, in that it was only the second to be shot in colour (after Carry On Cruising) and it was the first to use an historic setting. Also, you'll find remarkably few familiar Carry On faces. Kenneth Williams (as Captain Fearless) and Charles Hawtrey (as the press-ganged cesspit cleaner, Walter) are present and correct. Cribbins was making his Carry On debut (he'd only return for the next outing, Spying - we'll ignore Columbus). Juliet Mills and Donald Houston were making one-off appearances. Future leading man Jim Dale makes a scene-stealing cameo at the beginning. So without the likes of Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor, this doesn't really feel like a full-on Carry On. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. As a comedy, it works. As a spoof of historic naval epics, it works. And with the likes of Williams & Hawtrey at the peaks of their powers, what's not to like? As for the disc itself, there are virtually no extras (just the original cinema trailer which bills the film as "Carry On The Armada...?!") and as per the previous discs there's no booklet, which would have been nice as this disc isn't exactly cheap. Please keep these blu-rays coming and whoever it is that owns the movies from Don't Lose Your Head onwards, please get cracking and bring those out on Blu-ray too!
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on 7 June 2015
Saw this years ago on tv sometimes in the 80's and even though i was a Carry On fan even then i foiund it terrible.Bought it with some trepidation as i only need a few more to complete my collection and was very pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed it and i laughed out loud several times.Apart from a very brief appearance early in the film by Jim Dale the only two Carry On regulars in this are Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey who are both their usual brilliant selves and the other two leading roles are played just as well by Bernard Cribbins and Juliet Mills.The film is a spoof of all those peril at sea movies and i would recommend it to any fan of the series.A forgotten gem
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on 4 September 2000
Carry On Jack, made in 1963. Bernard Cribbens is Able Seaman Poop-Decker who is set for life at sea. Unfortunately he goes to a tavern the night before he sails and is taken to a room by a wench (Juliet Mills) who also has a hanckering for the sea. She knocks out Poop-Decker and steals his clothes. She then boards the ship as Poop-Decker and passes of as a man. The unfortunate Poop-Decker is actually press-ganged and also lands on the gtood ship Venus. With a cowardly captain that dosen't like the sea, things go from bad to worse. Kenneth Williams plays Captain Fearless and his cowardess dose not go well with the hardened sailors. The story is pure Carry On and the jokes are about as old as the time the film is set in. But for £5.99 it is a film that you can slap in the video on a wet day and open a bottle of wine and relax.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 November 2010
Carry On Jack is directed by Gerald Thomas and written by Talbot Rothwell. It stars Bernard Cribbins, Kenneth Williams, Juliet Mills, Charles Hawtrey, Donald Houston & Percy Herbert. It's the 8TH of the popular film franchise that would eventually finish at 31.

Albert Poopdecker (Cribbins) is all set to finally take up assignment on HMS Venus when he loses his uniform in a house of ill repute. Press ganged the next day onto the Venus, nobody believes him and he is forced to serve his time on board as a menial worker. However, there's mutiny afoot and Albert soon finds himself at the centre of all sorts of misunderstandings.

Not one from the series that is name checked by fans or critics, Carry On Jack is a little better than its reputation suggest it is. It's also a very important entry in the Carry On pantheon,for it was the first time Rothwell, the man who shaped the series, would be in sole charge of writing. It's also the first venture into historical parody, from where the series would get its best ideas and promptly make the best film's of the run. This one clearly revels in sending up Mutiny On The Bounty, HMS Defiant (using some of the same sets from that production) and the Hornblower writings. The absence of Sid James is very much felt since piracy and mutiny appear to be themes you would think suited him. But no Barbara Windsor is not an issue here, simply because there's only one female role of note, and Mills attacks it with gusto and delivers a fine performance. Cribbins, too, is full of life and raises enough laughs as he plays off of the reliable Hawtrey.

Not overtly smutty or as manic as some of the other historical parodies that followed it, Carry On Jack is a fun and tidy time filler. 6/10
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on 2 February 2015
This DVD arrived on time and in good condition as usual. This again is a good Carry On movie, I don't know how they manage to come up with so many funny slants on such reasonably normal things. This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it.
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VINE VOICEon 25 July 2007
'Carry On Jack' is the 8th film in the series, and sadly one of the weakest. It's not so much the fairly small number of familiar faces that's the problem (Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtry are the only regular stars, with a cameo from Jim Dale), it's the script, which is crucially lacking in good - or even corny - jokes. The film starts well enough on shore with Bernard Cribbins and Jim Dale at Dirty Dick's Inn, but once the film puts to sea it's a tragically unfunny runaround through standard farce material, and the plot concerning to to-ing and fro-ing of various ships ultimately becomes tiresome. Kenneth Williams does his best to save the day with some last minute silly voices as he gets his leg amputated in the films funniest scene, but it's too little too late.

One only for the completeist who is working their way through the entire series.
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on 4 July 2010
As the first historic entry in the series this film is more a comedy film that a more typical offering featured elsewhere in the franchise. Apart from a brief cameo early on by Jim Dale the only 'Carry On' regulars present for this offering are Charles Hawtrey (as Walter Sweetly, a cesspit cleaner married with nine kids) and Kenneth Williams (in typical nasal form as the inappropriately named milk drinking, easily seasick Captain Fearless). This allows for some big name actors to feature in a fairly dramatic feature with intermittent comedic elements. For this new DVD release its an absolute join to listen to moderator Robert Ross chat with the film's main star Bernard Cribbins whom seems to be able to meet his host for recollections about this film. You just know when an actor says that this is his favourite of the three he made (the others being 'Spying' and 'Columbus') that you are in for a treat and the two definitely interact brilliantly. Aside from aspects of "Carry On Jack" (like for example memories of the location filming where the seaboat landed (noting the rather wooden cow in the vessel!)) there are some delightful recollections about other subjects like for example touching, on a couple of occasions, about the film "Two Way Stretch"
Apart from the standard extras of stills gallery (roughly 4 minutes) and a 2 ¾ minute trailer we've also got the original titles bereft of text. A first when I heard about this I was a bit puzzled by its inclusion but this mute minute is certainly a worthy addition allowing us to enjoy those fine seafaring paintings in all their finery. Maybe this is one of the Carry On films that's rather overlooked by the lack of regulars and comic material usually associated with the franchise but on the evidence of the contents of this disc this is indeed one of the finest releases of the range that I've seen so far. In my opinion this is well worth checking out!
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on 8 May 2016
A decent entry in the Carry On series: not one of the best, and certainly not as consistently funny as many of the others, but a pleasant diversion nonetheless. The absence of several of the familiar gang definitely detracts from the film's impact, even though the cast members all give excellent, spirited performances. The reliable Bernard Cribbins is unsurprisingly brilliant, and Juliet Mills is in delightful form. Production values are high, and the overall result is a polished, worthwhile comedy. The only problem is that it doesn't raise enough laughs and consequently feels somewhat out of place in the Carry On series.
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on 8 February 2015
Supposedly, a send-up of 'Mutiny on the Bounty', recently released with Brando in 62' (this Carry On was topical if nothing else) although to me it's more a parody of other recent seafaring yarns, 'Billy Budd' (1962) and in particular, 'Damn The Defiant' (1962, Williams as Guinness, Houston as Bogarde etc). Not a typical Carry On cast (there are only three - Williams, Hawtry and Dale and one, Jim Dale hardly appears) but a typically silly Talbot Rothwell script (his first). The story of midshipman Albert Poopdecker (Bernard Cribbins, first of three Carry On appearances) press-ganged on board the Royal Navy ship 'Venus' he was, in fact, due to join. Aboard ship, he finds his place has been taken by cross-dressing female Sally (Juliet Mills) and no-one, not least Captain Fearless (Kenneth Williams) believes him to be who he says he is. There are at least three hilarious stand out sequences - Poopdecker's punishment, Williams, Hawtry, Mills, Cribbins cast adrift in the rowing boat and Fearless's amputation - and many a good (nautical) line in between. Not one of the best Carry-On's - they'd be Cleo, Don't Lose Your Head, Up The Khyber, Doctor, Camping - but still great fun. Good performances all round - Houston, Cribbins, Mills - and unusually for the Carry On's, some good model work and sets (the producer was notoriously tight-fisted), so much so, you'd actually believe they were on the high seas in RN frigates.
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on 22 May 2006
Carry On Jack (1963) was the series first historical epics and is easily the most forgetable. Its not so much that its a bad film, but whats lacking in this is the true spirit of the Carry On's, probably as there are so many of the regulars missing - theres no Sid James, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jaques or Kenneth Connor. Only Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey are the main regulars to be featured in this, though Jim Dale has a cameo role in this who starred in many of the 1960's Carry On's. Bernard Cribbins, who to be fair, blends in with the cast as though he'd always been a regular, plays Albert Poop-Decker, an unlucky man, who after years of struggle, finally wins his commission only to have his identity, rank and uniform stolen from him by Sally (Juliet Mills) who he soon falls in love with. The historical accuracy is impressive with the sets and the costumes but this Carry On film misses its mark slightly though Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey are on fine form throughout. An adequate comedy.
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