We take a look at this restored 1948 Ealing classic as it arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD…
Based on the real life adventures of Robert Falcon Scott and his fellow explorers SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC tells the story of the infamous but ill-fated 1912 expedition – a race against Norway to discover the South Pole.
John Mills (Great Expectations; Ice Cold in Alex; The Big Sleep) stars as hero Captain R.F Scott, with Harold Warrender (Convoy; Pandora and the Flying Dutchman) as Dr William E.A Wilson, Derek Bond (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; The Loves of Joanna Godden) as Captain L.E.G Oates, Reginald Beckwith (The Titfield Thunderbolt, The Day The Earth Caught Fire; Thunderball) as Lieutenant H.R Bowers, James Robertson Justice (Whisky Galore!; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Moby Dick) as Petty Office ‘Taff’ Evans R.N and Kenneth More (The Yellow Balloon; Genevieve; A Night to Remember) as Lieutenant E.G.R ‘Teddy’ Evans R.N – his band of loyal men.
Here’s our review…
Audio and Visuals
A fine 2k restoration job has been carried out here, working from a Technicolor 3 strip negative the film sparkles with color and the famous score sounds better than one could have even hoped it to. There are occasional marks on the film and little bits of damage but these presuambley couldn’t be helped and are easily forgivable given the sheer quality of what has been done here.
An attractive if slightly unremarkable Blu-ray case makes this a smart looking addition to your collection. The menu again is perfectly fine and easy to navigate if a little uninspired.
There’s a really healthy selection of extra materials here, each of them adding to an informative discussion of the classic film. We have an interview with Sir Andrew Davies about the score, a very interesting interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a featurette on Jack Cardiff’s cinematography, a restoration featurette, your standard stills gallery, a booklet by Ian Christie and a rather unusual but welcome feature which is John Mills’ Home Movie footage from the set of the film.
A classic given all the attention it deserves in order to help bring it to the attention of the wider public. The restoration is impressive and the bonus features exemplary. It looses a few points here and there for small touches; as an example it would be nice if the menu felt a little more thought out and cared for, but overall this is a very nicely put together release which we can easily recommend.
Scott of the Antarctic is released on Blu-Ray and DVD as of the 6th June, will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comment box below!