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Reputedly Adolf Hitler's favourite film, according to some historians
on 6 August 2015
I'm giving this only one star for the quality of the DVD. If it were for the film alone it would get the full five stars, even more if possible.
Gary Cooper, Francois Tone, Richard Cromwell and the legendary Sir Guy Standing star in a rip roaring, politically incorrect 'Boy's Own' adventure that is an archetypal product of the 1930's colonial film genre. It's probably one of my favourites and unmarred by what many directors consider an 'obligatory' romantic interest. Reputedly Adolf Hitler's favourite film, according to some historians. I've seen it so many times and it's one of the few films that I could watch again without tiring of it.
Now the bad side, and it's nothing to do with Cooper, Cromwell, Tone or Standing. My (Korean) DVD copy looked promising enough on the outside, despite the fact that I was unable to read the Korean notes on the back (surprisingly, my Korean is a bit rusty) but, on playing the DVD, I found that the soundtrack was out of synchronisation with the picture, and badly so. Cooper delivered his lines in silence, only for his words to be repeated after he had closed his mouth! A badly dubbed 1960s spaghetti western would have had more accurate in it's verbal soundtrack and this effectively ruined the film.
Maybe I've bought the only copy with an unsynchronised soundtrack, I don't know, but I won't be viewing this copy again. It will remain on my shelf gathering dust, which is a shame. Sorry, Garry!