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Passport To Pimlico Blu-ray Review

Pass

“Passport To Pimlico” is short on character. 

Set after WWII in the Pimlico section of London, 1949’s “Passport To Pimlico” concerns an unexploded WWII bomb going after a group of kids accidentally set it off. After it detonates, a room of hidden treasures is revealed. One such treasure is a document that states Pimlico is a part of Burgundy. Naturally, this news shocks the town, but it proves to be a bit problematic as it stirs up disputes with the British Government. 

Directed by Henry Cornelius and written by T.E.B. Clarke, “Passport To Pimlico” is another Ealing Studios title that actually came out the same year as “Whisky Galore!” In fact, the film even shares more than a few similarities with ‘Whisky’ including the town rebelling against authority storyline and the appearance of Basil Radford in a very similar role. Unlike the charming ‘Whisky,’ however, ‘Passport’ didn’t connect with me.

‘Passport’ is a very situational comedy that feels a bit too one-note. Once the story is presented, it just bides its time until it resolves in the end which leaves you wanting more than just the central conflict. It would be one thing if Clarke was injecting character arcs and characterization within that span of time, but alas, there is very little characterization here at all which is odd considering Pimlico is quite populated. Sure, you get some character moments with the new Duke, Professor Halton-Jones, and a few select other characters, but again, this movie is all about the plot. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect another wonderful restoration of this B&W classic.

Audio Track: LPCM Mono. How does it sound? A clean Mono track. 

Extras:
* A booklet featuring credits, still photos, and notes by author Ronald Bergan.
* A before and after restoration comparison
* A still photo slideshow.
* A short featurette in which film historian Richard Dacre shows a few shooting locations in modern times.
* A 7 minute interview with BFI curator Mark Duguid who talks about Ealing Studios and ‘Passport.’

March 30, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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