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Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1967/BFI (British Film Institute) Flipside Blu-ray w/DVD/Region B Import)


Picture: B     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Film: B- (uncut)/C+ (edited)



PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray is only available in the U.K. from our friends at BFI and can be ordered from them at the website address link provided below at the end of the review or at finer retailers.  This is a Region B Blu-ray and will only play on Region B or Region Free Blu-ray players, so make certain yours is before ordering.  All the supplements are also in 1080p High Definition.  The DVD is in the PAL format.



The original Alfie with Michael Caine was such a huge hit that many imitators followed, including those trying to impose new counterculture developments on the same situation.  On the strength of his international hit success What’s New Pussycat? (1965), Director Clive Donner (who just passed away as we were preparing this review on 9/7/10) was on a roll in getting films made and his answer to Alfie was Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1967), about the sexual adventures and misadventures of Jamie McGregor (Barry Evans) in a very Swinging Sixties London.


Based on Hunter Davies novel, Davies actually wrote the screenplay adaptation and the result is a mixed film that has some good moments, but also has some stretches of dialogue and situations that do not work as well.  However, I had only seen the edited 96 minutes version from the MGM/UA version (United Artists was the original U.S. distributor) and though this version is only a minute more, is footage that should have remained.  This is a comedy and drama, doing both well enough, if not all the time.


When the film does not work, it is a time capsule that is fascinating to watch, especially if you love London in that time period.  Though the voice-over narrative becomes too excessive for its own good, we also get Judy Geeson (Mad About You, Berserk, Star Maidens) and Angela Scoular (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Casino Royale (1967), The Avengers) at their sexy, appealing, early peak and great choices for the film as they are both very talented actresses and had a star quality that the camera liked.  Along with the legendary Denholm Elliott, Michael Bates (A Clockwork Orange, Frenzy) Nicky Henson (Old Dracula, The Losers), Vanessa Howard, Diane Keen (The Sandbaggers, Return Of The Saint), Erika Raffael (Man Of Violence), Maxine Audley, Christopher Timothy and Angela Pleasence, they make this film more watchable than it might have been otherwise.  Now, that you can see it uncut, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush is worth catching up with as a film everyone should see at least once.



The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image looks better than any copy I have seen of the film before, actually issued in for three-strip, dye-transfer Technicolor prints in the U.S..  This transfer can be that colorful and looks good for its age from a low contrast 35mm print.  However, there are a few shots that are softer, more aged or a bit grainy that holds the overall performance of the playback a little bit, but it has some stunning shots and all in part thanks to the locations and Director of Photography Alex Thompson in one of his first-ever works.  Having worked behind the camera years before this, he made a great transition here and moved onto major films like Excalibur, Roeg’s Eureka, Cimino’s Year Of The Dragon, Ridley Scott’s Legend, Branagh’s Hamlet, Alien 3 and Medak’s The Krays.


The PCM 2.0 48/24 Mono is not bad for its age, including the soundtrack that features new music by The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, but what is a shame is that BFI could not get the stereo soundtrack (MGM/UA had issued it in a very high quality stereo CD with Rykodisc that is sadly long out of print), so it does not sound as great as it could, but about as good as an all-mono presentation of its age can be expected to sound.  (The DVD offers Dolby Digital 2.0 48/16 320 kbps Mono.)


Extras include a booklet with technical information, stills, poster art, cover of the tie-in novelization and essays by Steve Chibnall, writer Hunter Davies, Vic Pratt and Janet Moat.  The Blu-ray also has the shorter, censored, general release version of the film and two short films in the same mode as the feature: Tim King’s Because That Road Is Trodden (1969, 23 min.) and Gordon Ruttan’s Stevenage (1971, 21 min.), both in High Definition.  There is also a PAL format DVD version of the film with both cuts of the film and the DVD adds a 10-minutes-long alternative censored sequence.



You can order this Blu-ray/DVD release at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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