Seven Sinners (1936/Network U.K. Import DVD Set/PAL/Region 2)
Sound: C Extras: D Film: B-
NOTE: This PAL Region Two DVD is only available in the U.K. from our friends at Network U.K. and can be
ordered exclusively from them at the links below.
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Lauder are best-known for working
with Alfred Hitchcock, but they have some interesting work on their own and
Albert de Courville’s Seven Sinners
(1936) is a solid British Mystery film that holds up well for its short length
and age. Having written Bulldog Jack (in the Bulldog Drummond
mode, but a satire) and Hitchcock films like Jamaica Inn and The Lady
Vanishes, he also penned the 1972 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Endless Night (1972).
In this, a man (Edmund Lowe) finds a man he was just
talking to at a costume party dead, then when he brings back help, the body
disappears. It then reappears on a train
he is on, once that train has wrecked and killed some of its passengers. Then a series of seemingly unrelated train
wrecks happen and he suspects, along with a new lady friend (Constance
Cummings) that they are no coincidence.
This is a good, tight thriller everyone should see and one
you get adjusted to the age, it works very well. I saw this a very long time ago and am glad
to see it resurface. Serious film and
mystery fans should think of it as a must see.
The 1.33 X 1 black and white image is very soft and if it
were any worse, would rate lower, but this is not an HD transfer and this film
needs some restoration work and deserves it.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 also is aged as expected, but some cleaning of the
sound would be nice. There are no
extras, but this film deserves some.
above, you can order this British PAL DVD import set exclusively from Network U.K. at:
- Nicholas Sheffo