Whisky Galore! details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Basil Radford, Joan Mackenzie|
|Run time:||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Oct 2005|
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Chuckles galoreBy RJNeb2 (1012 reviews) from London , 21 May 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Delightfully chirpy little anti-establishment comedy with the inhabitants of a Hebridean island, laid low by the wartime shortage of whisky, suddenly getting very excited when a ship full of the stuff runs aground just off the coast. Radford as the leader of the Home Guard is a great pompous comic creation (the blueprint for Captain Manwaring of 'Dad's Army') who is determined that the shipment gets salvaged by the proper authorities. But this being an Ealing comedy, the simple folk of Todday prove to be far too wily for him. Shot on lovely locations, this is disarmingly good fun.
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Outstanding British ClassicBy ReviewerReviewer (115 reviews) , 18 Jan 2013This is just one of those great british classic films that we have all seen worth watching, sit back and enjoy
The Drambusters!By scrabslad (40 reviews) from Hove , 12 Jul 2012At long last I recieved this disc through the post!
Had it as a reservation for a long time and then, to my surprise, it finally arrived. It fell through the post box alongside 'That Sinking Feeling'. I think LF where on a scottish cinema theme which was to my pleasure as I wanted to watch Angels Share (these two films are probably the most accurate influence on Ken Loach's new movie). My attempt to watch the latter was postponed after realising the dubbed accents version had been sent (no fault of LF's as the distribution company foolishly only released this version - 2entertain morons). So I began to watch Whiskey Galore. The accents are dodgy, again, but at least they are not dubbed.
I loved this film. The quality of picture and sound was top drawer and the story was marvelous. I don't believe it patronising as all comedies are based in the stereotype and this one is no different. Whiskey was and is a most magnificent of scottish exports enjoyed the world over. This film celebrates its lure and pokes fun at the establishment more so than the villagers who try to hide it.
Recommended to anyone apprehensive about watching a Black and White film. This and the other Ealing classic from the same year 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' are well worth watching and prove that cinema, like whiskey, gets better with age.
Enjoy with a wee dramBy andrewbowden (6 reviews) from London , 03 Apr 2012It's a classic Ealing Comedy and no mistake. I mean you just can't help but laugh at the concept that the Islanders won't loot the whisky off a sinking ship because it's the Sabbath.
True, there's some dodgy accents (many of the cast are Ealing Comedy regulars and usually with normal voices that are rather more of the middle class English variety but this should in no way put you off what is a fantastic film. Go, watch! And enjoy it with a wee dram.
Patronising and old-fashionedBy driveindavy (66 reviews) from scotland , 04 Jan 2012Came back to this after a few years and was disappointed, maybe my mood (?) but found it patronising and the accents terrible (Irish! or posh English actors pretending). A one joke script, what's so funny about whisky these days? For Scottish whimsy, I prefer Local Hero or the original Wicker Man. (I know the prof critics give it thumbs up and lots of folk like it but this is just personal taste)
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A So So Print For A Dreadfully Dated And Patronizing Film (2011 Blu Ray)By Baz (105 reviews) from London , 04 Sep 2011Ealing Comedy has been a favourite of mine for decades - they produced so many anarchic masterpieces. But I would argue that 'Whisky Galore' isn't one of them.
Dreadfully tedious - it's a film that hasn't dated at all well - and for a supposed Ealing comedy - it's staggeringly unfunny a lot of the time. As for the supposed 'restored' print, you know you're in trouble the second the 'Rank' gong logo turns up - washed out and strewn with lines and scratches. About 20 minutes in things have improved a bit, but most of the duration sees the print full of blocking, lines, scratches, irritating camera shaking etc. It's better than the DVD I had of old, but don't expect miracles on this. It's good, but it never rises above that - very, very disappointing...
The outer card wrap is classy looking, the extras are the same as the 2005 2DVD set (very good) but it doesn't get away from the print quality or the movie.
Called 'Whisky A-Go-Go' in France and 'Tight Little Island' in the States - 'Whisky Galore' is one of those 5-star rated movies that doesnt warrant it. Some people may get misty-eyed about this 'water-of-life' farce, but re-watching it 2011 is a less-than-thrilling experience. And as for it being a 'comedy' - it's leaden - and what once seemed funny about the Scottish is now seriously patronizing, clichéd and even insulting.
I rented this before I bought it and I'm glad I did. Before you succumb to nostalgia, I suggest you do the same.
'Kind Hearts & Coronets' is so much better.