The Horse's Mouth

The Horse's Mouth

Alec Guinness
Director: Ronald Neame Cast: Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Kay Walsh
Kay Walsh
, Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan
Ronald Neame

DVD (Wide Screen / Wide Screen)

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Alec Guinness stars in director Ronald Neame's The Horse's Mouth. Criterion has done a respectable job at making sure this 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is mostly clear and crisp. While there is some appearance of wear and tear in the image (including some grain and soft colors), overall, the black levels appear solid while the colors are well-saturated. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and is very mediocre. As with most 1.0 sound mixes, this one tends to be somewhat muffled at times. However, the bulk of this soundtrack is free and clear of most excessive hiss and distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The extra features on this disc are small but substantial -- included on The Horse's Mouth is a fascinating 19 minute interview with the director, a documentary short by D.A. Pennebaker titled Daybreak Express, which ran before The Horse's Mouth during its theatrical run in New York, a video interview with Pennebaker which runs before his short film, and a theatrical trailer for the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
UPC: 0037429168721
Original Release: 1958
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 50,631

Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Ronald Neame and enhanced for widescreen televisions; 2001 video interview with Ronald Neame; D.A. Pennebaker's short documentary film "Daybreak Express," which opened the original New York theatrical run of "The Horse's Mouth," plus a video introduction by Pennebaker; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness Gully Jimson
Kay Walsh Coker
Mike Morgan Nosey
Renee Houston Sarah Monday
Robert Coote Sir William Beeder
Veronica Turleigh Lady Beeder
Reginald Beckwith Capt. Jones
Michael Gough Abel
Arthur Macrae Alabaster
Ernst Thesiger Hickson
Gillian Vaughan Lollie
Richard Caldicot Butler

Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director,Producer
Bill Andrews Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Colin M. Brewer Asst. Director
John Bryan Producer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Albert Fennell Executive Producer
Harold Fletcher Makeup
Alec Guinness Screenwriter
John Harris Camera Operator
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Kenneth V. Jones Score Composer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:46]
2. "Bad Rubbish" [5:48]
3. Crank Calls [6:50]
4. "Don't Be an Artist" [4:19]
5. Mrs. Monday [6:24]
6. "Feel It With Your Eyes" [9:41]
7. Sir William & Lady Beeder [9:20]
8. Houseguests [10:25]
9. "A Crackpot Painting" [9:54]
10. "World of Color" [7:02]
11. The Tate Gallery [8:17]
12. The Last Judgement [6:44]
13. The Giraffe's Eye [5:43]
14. New Horizons [3:04]

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