Bobbikins (Fox Cinema Archives)
Fox Cinema Archives // Unrated // $19.98 // April 16, 2013
Review by Paul Mavis | posted August 5, 2013
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20th Century-Fox's Cinema Archives vault of hard-to-find cult and library titles has released Bobbikins, the 1959 British comedy directed by Robert Day, and starring Shirley Jones, Max Bygraves, Billie Whitelaw, Barbara Shelley, and Lionel Jeffries. Bobbikins was originally shot in 2.35:1 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, in an effort to aid buyers who don't know what titles are correctly transfered...skip this release of Bobbikins, because there's no excuse for releasing a panned-and-scanned transfer of a widescreen movie in 2013.


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



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