Jul 102020
 

Romance on the High Seas is a fun, entertaining and sometimes charming romantic-comedy-musical with a star-making performance from Doris Day in her feature film debut.

 

 

Romance on the High Seas
— Warner Archive Collection —
(1948)

Genre(s): Romance, Comedy, Musical
Warner Archive | NR – 99 min. – $21.99 | June 16, 2020

Date Published: 07/10/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Writer(s): Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (additional dialogue)
Cast: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don de Fore, Doris Day, Oscar Levant


DISC INFO:
Features: Featurettes, Classic Cartoon, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 31.07 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.76 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


 


THE MOVIE – 3.75/5


Plot Synopsis: Bon voyage! Georgia Garrett’s (DORIS DAY) singing career may not be going anywhere, but she is. She’s on a cruise, sailing under the name Mrs. Elvira Kent while the real Elvira (JANIS PAIGE) secretly stays home to spy on her presumably philandering hubby (DON DE FORE). Meanwhile, the husband hires a spy (JACK CARSON) to snoop on his supposedly voyaging wife.

Quick Hit Review: Romance on the High Seas is a charmingly funny, if not obviously old-fashioned, romantic comedy with a plot that nowadays would’ve come out of some 1990s sitcom with mistaken identities and contrivances. However, I did really like this cast, especially Doris Day in her feature film debut showing some chemistry with Jack Carson. I had plenty of fun, and laughs, with this breezy rom-com from 1948 that presumably today’s audiences might find outdated.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5


This release comes with a Vintage Musical Short “Let’s Sing a Song from the Movies”, a Classic Cartoon and the Theatrical Trailer.

 


VIDEO – 4.75/5, AUDIO – 4.5/5


Romance on the High Seas arrives on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection and includes a new 1080p high-definition transfer taken from a 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor negatives. Bar none, this looks fantastic, detail is sharp throughout and from beginning to end, colors are brilliant and vibrant, highly doubtful this film ever looked better. The video was also clean, no apparent or obvious signs of wear and tear like scratches or dust marks.

The disc includes a standard DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. While dialogue does come through quite nicely, the musical numbers are where this lossless track really comes to life. Despite this being centrally located, there is some nice depth during the music sequences, bolstering through with clarity, free of any pops, hisses or other aural ailments.


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Romance on the High Seas is a fun, entertaining and sometimes charming romantic-comedy-musical with a star-making performance from Doris Day in her feature film debut. The Blu-ray from Warner Archive offers up excellent video and audio transfers making this a worthwhile pick up for fans of these types of movies.

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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