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A Voyage Round My Father (1982/Acorn Media DVD)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C-†††† Telefilm: C+



Rumpole Of The Bailey creator John Mortimer created the semi-autobiographical melodrama A Voyage Round My Father which became a telefilm in 1982 with no less than Sir Laurence Olivier playing his father, more or less.A solid, competent tale of the dysfunctionality of family, Alan Bates is the son who has to tolerate his sometimes pompous father who really shows his ego when he starts to go blind and will not admit to it.


However, I was never as big a fan of this work as many because despite being based on real events, it still had the biopic limits and fell into some formulaic pits that even Director Alvin Rakoff could not overcome.Still, the performances (also including Jane Asher, Michael Aldridge and Alan Cox) is worth seeing for its performances and moments that work.Just be awake and have some patience.


The 1.33 X 1 image seems to have been shot in 16mm film, but it was lensed by no less than Director of Photography Tony Pierce-Roberts (The Remains Of The Day) who makes this look better than most telefilms you will see.Too bad this is not clearer or sharper, but expect a Blu-ray at some point.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also a bit worn-sounding, suggesting this is an older analog master or down a generation, but Marc Wilkinsonís score is a plus.The only extras are text on Mortimer, Bates and Olivier.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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