VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS" (1949) (99 min/Color) -- Starring: Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Francis L. Sullivan, Linden Travers, Kathleen Ryan, Derek Bond, James Robertson Justice, Felix Aylmer, Nora Swinburne, Edward Rigby, Francis Lister, Niall Mac Ginnis, Abraham Sofaer, Richard Aherne, Dennis Vance
Directed by: David MacDonald
The British Invasion has struck again - VCI has restored and released another film.
The plot and story line is bent on discovering the New World, with Fredric March as Christopher Columbus gives an outstanding performance. March asking for funds for his fleet, with his real life wife Florence Eldridge, cast as Queen Isabella. The retelling of the great adventure with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria as co-stars.
There are slow parts within, but for the most part a good telling of his adventure of 1492, landing and christening the new land as San Salvador.
Fredric March's closing line before the end credits start rolling - "People will remember me long after Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand are long forgotten"
Good musical score by Arthur Bliss, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Muiir Mathieson. The soundtrack by Bliss lends classical passages of pure enjoyment
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1. David MacDonald (Director)
Date of Birth: 9 May 1904 - Helensburgh, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 22 June 1983 - London, England, UK
2. Fredric March [aka: Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel]
Date of Birth: 30 August 1897 - Racine, Wisconsin
Date of Death: 14 April 1975 - Los Angeles, California
3. Florence Eldridge [aka: Florence McKechnie]
Date of Birth: 5 September 1901 - Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: 1 August 1988 - Long Beach, California
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Dolby 5.1 or Mono
2. English Subtitles
3. Photo Gallery
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 99 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8748 ~ (September 6, 2011)