|The Magic Christian (1969)
|Release Date:||January 21, 2003|
|Running Time:||1 hour 41 minutes|
Full frame format
|Video Format:||Pan-And-Scan (1.33:1)
English (Dolby Stereo Surround 2.0)
|Subtitles:||English for the hearing impared.
|Casing:||1-Disc Keep Case
Terry Southern wrote some of the best satire of the 1960s. He wrote or contributed to the scripts of "Dr. Strangelove," "The Cincinnati Kid," "Casino Royale," "Barbarella," "Candy," "Easy Rider" and others. Terry Southern's novel "The Magic Christian" was adapted for the screen by Joseph MacGrath, Peter Sellers and a couple of Monty Python alums John Cleese and Graham Chapman. You would think that will all that talent, the film version of Southern's acerbic novel would be better than it is. The result is essentially a one-joke film. There are many variations on the joke, but the film drags after a while.
How well you like this movie may depend on your age. Children of the 60s may have fond memories of the movie. It isn't the best adaptation of a Terry Southern book. The film meanders and never really achieves its purpose. Southern's book was much better.
The DVD is filled with artifacts. There are scratches and pops in the picture that weren't taken out through restoration. The picture is also Pan and Scan, so, you miss 30% of the picture. Geoffrey Unsworth was a fine photographer. His palate is a bit pale here.
There are many scenes in which you struggle to hear what is being said. This is intentional. The viewer is supposed to wonder just what Guy is cooking up. When the truth is revealed, it is a let down. I bring this up to let you know you shouldn't be frustrated, as I was when first watching this DVD. The opening scene in which Peter Sellers talks with Ringo is completely unintelligible, but, like I said, it is intentionally done that way.
Simple one-screen menu. Easy to navigate.
There are no extras. The price reflects the lack of extras.
Children of the 60s might want to check this out. As inexpensive as the DVD is, you aren't really risking much. Those curious about odd films from a time you are not likely to see again, may also wish to take a peek.