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The Court Jester Blu-ray Review

“The Court Jester” is Danny Kaye at his best.

1956’s “The Court Jester” is a madcap comedy/music/adventure movie involving a duplicitous power struggle for the throne, a political alliance, a baby (the heir to the throne), a band of rebels led by The Black Fox, disguises, a witch, the villainous Lord Ravenhurst, assassins, and a minstrel (Hubert) who gets caught in the middle of it all. 

A flop upon its initial release, “The Court Jester” has gone on to become one of the most celebrated classic comedies of all time. It’s not hard to see why as it’s the perfect vehicle for comedic/musical actor Danny Kaye. The underrated actor (who is perhaps best known for “White Christmas) didn’t get the best of roles (he certainly deserved better), but he struck the jackpot with this one. Between his musical numbers and his word play bits (such as the iconic Vessel with the Pestle routine), Kaye lights up the screen anytime he appears. Of course, there’s some other great talent involved here including Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone (who plays a great villain as per usual) and Glynis Johns.

Another reason “The Court Jester” succeeds as much as it does is due to the script by by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama (who also direct the picture). Not only is it a note perfect spoof of “The Adventures Of Robin Hood,” medieval knight films and swashbuckling adventures, but it works on its own as a comedy, a musical, and a big budget Hollywood production filled with costumes, lavish sets, and even some thrilling action (namely the fun-filled climactic sword fight in particular). Basically, it’s the type of movie that has it all and that’s rare.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Remastered from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative, this is a striking print that offers up rich colors. Fans will truly be blown away by the results of this Paramount Presents release.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a nice clean 2.0 track. 

Extras include an HD theatrical trailer, Digital copy, and a new “Filmmaker Focus” segment in which film critic Leonard Maltin returns to discuss “The Court Jester.”

January 25, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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