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Shout At The Devil (1976/Umbrella Entertainment DVD/Region Zero/0/PAL Format)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Film: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0/PAL format software, and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



After the unfortunate commercial failure of the great James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Peter Hunt kept trying to have another big hit and his ambitions led to some very interesting filmmaking.  This included several films with Roger Moore in the early years of his James Bond tenure.  Besides the interesting Gold, they made Shout At The Devil (1976) with Lee Marvin as a drunk who is living up the Colonial life in Mozambique doing poaching on the side.  When a visiting Englishman (Moore, between the production of The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me) shows up, he shakes up everything, including falling fore the man’s daughter.


They don’t like each other very much, but things are about to get much worse when the German Navy, hell bent for power, show up with plans to win the upcoming Great War.  Unfortunately for them, they are about to get in the way of the conflict already in action and all hell is about to break loose.


What I did like about the film was its attempt to do a comparatively modern version of what we have seen in 1930s British cinema of Colonial adventures, the kind Raiders Of The Lost Ark would revise with the most fun.  However, despite its comedy, this is a far more mature, adult approach and Moore is particularly able to shed bond effectively.  Sadly, this is the short 114 minutes cut of the film versus the original 144 – 147 minutes, which I would be happy to screen if it made the film any better.  You can see the hard work here and if you even watch the Bonds often, see the immense amount of behind-the-scenes talent involved.  If you have never seen it, this copy is serviceable, but the film deserves much more and someone will hopefully give it its due.  Barbara Parkins, Ian Holm, Maurice Denham, Bernard Horsfall, Jean Kent and Renu Setna also star.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is weak, looks like it is a digital generation down, lacks detail, depth, has some haloing, problematic color and is just not what this film should look like.  This was shot in real anamorphic Panavision by Michael Reed, B.S.C., (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, McKenzie Break, Z.P.G.) and some British prints may have been three-strip Technicolor.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also a few generations down and if the dialogue does not indicate that, you can hear it in how weak the decent Maurice Jarre score is.  The film needs a restoration project and maybe Jarre’s original score is in stereo or enough tracks exist that it could be upgraded as such.


Extras only include a trailer for this and four other Umbrella DVD releases, despite the fact that more extras can be found on another version of the film, though we doubt the playback is much better.


As noted above, you can order this import exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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