All Hands On Deck (Fox Cinema Archives)
Fox Cinema Archives // Unrated // $19.98 // April 16, 2013
Review by Paul Mavis | posted August 2, 2013
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Another miss.

20th Century-Fox's Cinema Archives vault of hard-to-find cult and library titles has released All Hands on Deck, the 1961 military comedy directed by Norman Taurog, and starring Pat Boone, Buddy Hackett, Dennis O'Keffe, and Barbara Eden. All Hands on Deck was originally shot in CinemaScope. Here, it's presented in a panned-and-scanned 4 x 3 transfer. Fox has been all over the map with these Cinema Archives releases (I just reviewed Sons and Lovers and it was anamorphic widescreen--a rarity for them), and information on the web is sketchy about which titles are botched. So...skip this release of All Hands on Deck, because there's no excuse for releasing a panned-and-scanned transfer of a widescreen movie in 2013.


Paul Mavis is an internationally published film and television historian, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and the author of The Espionage Filmography.



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