12/20/2014  
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2 on DVD Dec 16Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray Director's Cut Dec 16Kelly & Cal on DVD Dec 30The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series on DVD Jan 13Keep on Keepin' On on DVD Jan 13Stonehearst Asylum on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 16Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking - Season 1 on DVD Dec 30

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Stephen Colbert sings with every celebrity you can thin...
The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!...
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2...
Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray ...
A Salute to 'The Colbert Report' ...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
JACK REACHER...
LIZ & DICK...
CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...
SWAMP THING (BLU-RAY)...
AROUSED...
THE SWEENEY (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

JS Jesse Shanks

KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
I Don't Know How She Does It on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 3...
The Liam Neeson Film Collection on DVD Nov 1...
Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Nov 12-14...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...
STEPFATHER II...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RR Rich Rosell

DOWN AND DIRTY WITH JIM NORTON...
WE FEED THE WORLD...
THE BUCKET LIST...
CRUDE IMPACT...
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (BLU-RAY)...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Anchor Bay presents
The Ladykillers (1955)

"We're nearly home, Louis. What can possibly go wrong now?"
- Professor Morris (Alec Guinness)

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: October 02, 2002

Stars: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Katie Johnson
Other Stars: Jack Warner, Frankie Howerd
Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Manufacturer: Crest National
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (mild violence)
Run Time: 01h:30m:39s
Release Date: September 10, 2002
UPC: 013131147490
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A- B+A-B D+

DVD Review

In the hands of a lesser actor, a set of false teeth might be a crutch to prop up a performance. But in the hands of Alec Guinness, such teeth could be used to create a full-blown character, adapting his face and his posture to match the comic mouthpiece. Such is the case in one of his later Ealing comedies, where he played the uncomfortably dentured Professor Morris, criminal mastermind.

The Professor, head of a band of thieves, rents rooms from the elderly, somewhat dotty Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson). Under the pretense of playing as a string quintet, Morris and Major Courtney (Cecil Parker), Louis Harvey (Herbert Lom), Mr. Robinson (Peter Sellers) and Mr. Lawson (Danny Green) plot a daring robbery of an armored car. The genius of the plan is that the harmless Mrs. Wilberforce will unknowingly cart the loot out under the very noses of the police. All goes well until a mishap reveals the plan to Mrs. Wilberforce, and then the desperate gang must decide how to deal with her. But a single little old lady is more formidable than one might guess.

"Droll" is perhaps the best word to describe this picture. While there are numerous opportunities for slapstick, they all occur genteelly off-camera. Rich in irony and with slightly black humor, the script is quite enjoyable. The humor is gentle throughout, with such smile-inducers as the fact that Mrs. Wilberforce never quite notices that the quintet (through the aid of a gramophone) keeps playing in full force even when three of its members are with her.

Guinness is in fine form, utilizing the funny dentures to make his Professor Morris a slightly twitchy genius. Herbert Lom makes a great impression as the sinister Harvey, who seems capable of anything. Peter Sellers, in his first significant screen role, doesn't display much of the versatility that he would eventually demonstrate, though his broad working class accent is convincing enough. But the real thief of the proceedings is Katie Johnson, who completely steals every scene that she's in, playing Mrs. Wilberforce with a shabby dignity that is endlessly appealing in its goodhearted sweetness.

This probably won't appeal to Jim Carrey fans, but it's a worthwhile little comedy, from a different and calmer time, that's winning on its own terms.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.66:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: This early British widescreen picture is presented in the original 1.66:1 ratio, in anamorphic mode. The transfer does it justice, with beautiful delineation and loads of detail. The color is the somewhat dull British version of Technicolor that one finds outside of Powell & Pressburger features, but it seems to be accurate enough. Skintones are reasonably accurate, though there is some variance from shot to shot. The source print is impeccable, without any visible frame damage.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglish, Frenchyes
DS 2.0no


Audio Transfer Review: The 2.0 mono track sounds quite good, although it is beset with a persistent hiss typical of period British films. However, it's not terribly prominent and the dialogue is clear throughout. The Boccherini played on the gramophone sounds reasonably good as well, as does Tristram Cary's infrequently heard score.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Static menu with music
Scene Access with 24 cues and remote access
Cast and Crew Biographies
Cast and Crew Filmographies
1 Original Trailer(s)
Production Notes
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: The sole extras are a trailer and the standard (but lengthy) Guinness bio with selected filmography. The trailer is also in exceptional condition, with color slightly more vivid than in the feature itself. Chaptering is quite good.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

Another droll Ealing comedy, in a fine transfer, with a few extras, makes for a fine disc reminiscent of a gentler era of comedy.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, stephen colbert, final show, kareem abdul-jabar, jj abrams, alan alda, christiane amanpour, many more, the colbert report, last show, santa, unicorn, abraham lincoln, alex trebek, documentary, horror, comedy channel, stephen t. colbert, colbert report, movie, the interview, united states, north korea, soney, hector monsegur, china, sony pictures entertainment, cyber attack, kim jong-un, seth rogen, james franco, drama, the hobbit: the baattle of the five armies, peter jackson, j.r.r. tolkien marathon, comedy, barbara walters, 10 most fascinating people of 2014, amal clooney, taylor swift, george clooney, thriller, chris rock, top five, the late show, david letterman, movies, golden globes 2015, reality, romantic comedy, western, music, 57th grammy awards, iggy azalea, beck, pharrell williams, miranda lambert, sia, cooking, spectre, daniel craig, sam mendes, christoph waltz, lea seydoux, naomie harris, ben whishaw, ralph fiennes, celebrity, loni anderson, burt reynolds, pearl earrings, necklace, nude portrait, lady gaga, howard sten, south by southwest, millie brown, swine, mark geragos, kesha, lukasz sebastian gottwald, world aids day, bono, bruce springsteen, chris martin, espn, monday night football

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store