Man Who Would Be King/A,C+

Warner/1975/129m/WS 2.35

       Director John Huston's sparkling adaptation of a Kipling story is brilliantly executed in stirring widescreen images. With Sean Connery and Michael Caine doing the honors as a couple of former British army soldiers living in India, the film comes to life with a rare vibrancy. Their adventure in search of riches is pursued with fantastical relish by the director and his players.


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Caine and Connery in India
.  ©Warner HV

     We have not seen the new transfer which is anamorphic from a component source and we assume it's much better. However, on this first release t he transfer is problematic. While sharp most of the time, scenes filled with small details seem to jump in and out of focus, a problem also evident of the laser disc. Maurice Jarre's theme music who an airiness that surrounds the room and production. Special features included are a precious selection of John Huston theatrical trailers, beginning with The Maltese Falcon.
































































































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