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Diana Dors Double Bill: Is Your Honeymoon Really Neccessary / My Wife's Lodger
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English PCM Mono
  • English subtitles
  • 2 Discs
FEATURES
  • Booklet

Diana Dors Double Bill: Is Your Honeymoon Really Neccessary / My Wife's Lodger


Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Maurice Elvey
Starring: Diana Dors, David Tomlinson, Sid James
2010 | 158 Minutes

Release Information
Blu-ray | MSRP: £19.99 | Series: The Adelphi Collection
BFI Video

Release Date: June 21, 2010
Review Date: June 20, 2010

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SYNOPSIS

This second release of the BFI's pioneering Adelphi Collection, brings together two films directed by Maurice Elvey.

Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary? (1953)

In this juicy, fast-moving bedroom farce - featuring a sizzling performance from a young Diana Dors - American Army pilot Laurie Vining (Bonar Colleano), on leave in London for his honeymoon, is hoping for a little rest and recreation. But his idyllic bliss is shattered abruptly when his stunning ex, Candy - saucily played with mischievous relish by Dors - unexpectedly arrives at his hotel, insisting that they're still man and wife. Under pressure to think quick and act fast, he enlists the assistance of his gum-chewing, wisecracking co-pilot Hank Hanlon (Sid James) and nervous, girl-shy lawyer Frank Betterton (David Tomlinson). But his troubles have only just begun.

My Wife's Lodger (1952)

This finds hapless soldier, Willie Higginbotham (Dominic Roche) returning home after six years hoping for a hero's welcome only to find that his home has become a boarding-house and Roger the Lodger (Leslie Dwyer) has got his arms around his wife and his feet under the table, while Willie's ditzy daughter Eunice (Diana Dors) only wants to sing, dance and jitterbug!

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PICTURE

BFI Video presents their second Adelphi Films release, a Diana Dors double-bill that includes the films Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary and My Wife’s Lodger. Both films are presented in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this dual-layer disc. (This set also includes the films on a dual-layer DVD. This review only refers to the Blu-ray disc.)

Not surprisingly, considering BFI’s track record, the black-and-white transfers on here for both films look stellar: Both remain sharp with a high amount of detail present, both including superb looking gray levels, along with some surprisingly deep blacks, and no digital artifacts to speak of. The biggest surprise are the prints, which are incredibly clean, with very little damage present at all, limited to some minor marks and some flickering.

Again, it’s no shock that the transfers themselves are top-notch (BFI have been incredibly consistent with the releases I’ve seen from them) but I think many will be shocked by the print quality and the level of restoration that went into the films. Excellent looking image for both films.

(The Blu-ray disc is region free and should play on all players. I had no issue playing the film on my PS3. The DVD appears to be region free as well but is PAL, so North American viewers will need to be able to play back PAL material.)

8/10

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AUDIO

Both films present lossless mono tracks. Both films sound about the same, with fairly weak and rather lifeless sound. There isn’t much range, and voices sound very dull. Despite this the track does sound clean with no distortion or damage to speak of.

6/10

SUPPLEMENTS

Disappointingly there are no disc supplements on either the Blu-ray or the DVD. But BFI does include one of the excellent booklets. First is a short essay by Vic Pratt on Dors and these two films followed by an essay on Diana Dors and her career, this one written by Damon Wise. Jason Lake, son of Dors, includes a brief note about her mother and her films, making mention that Dors had a preference towards the film Yield to the Night, which she thought showed at least more of her acting range. Audrey Freeman, who appears in Honeymoon… includes a nice remembrance of her late husband David Tomlinson, who also appeared in the film. Vic Pratt includes another essay on Lodger costar Dominic Roche, followed by a bio on director Maurice Elvey written by BFI curator John Oliver. The booklet then concludes with notes by Kate Lees on Adelphi films, and then notes on the transfer. As usual it’s a strong, thorough booklet and certainly worth reading.

Again there’s nothing else, but in all honesty I’m not sure what else would be warranted.

3/10

CLOSING

The films are fairly charming farces (well, Honeymoon… may be the better of the two,) though can’t say they’re anything remarkably special, coming off fairly static and more like plays put on film. But the performers, specifically Dors (who is certainly a stunner, and gifted at this type of thing as well despite her apparent desire to do material that showed off her acting chops a little more,) do lift the films above the material. BFI has done a stupendous job on this release, delivering top-notch high-def transfers, out doing even what most big studios would put out for their newer, bigger films, saving a couple of films from complete obscurity in the process. Yet another excellent job from the company.




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