Nov 182020

Kentucky Kernels debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection and stars Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey and Mary Carlisle and was released on September 8.



Kentucky Kernels
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Comedy, Music
Warner Archive | NR – 75 min. – $21.99 | September 8, 2020

Date Published: 11/18/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: George Stevens
Writer(s): Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Fred Guiol (written by)
Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Mary Carlisle, George “Spanky” McFarland

Features: Cartoons
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: 27.79 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.76 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Out-of-work vaudevillians Willie (BERT WHEELER) and Elmer (ROBERT WOOLSEY) somehow become Spanky’s (GEORGE MCFARLAND) guardians and think they’ve come into a fortune when Spanky inherits a farm in Kentucky. What they don’t know is that the farm sits directly in the line of fire in a feud between the Milfords and the Wakefields. Now, as Willie falls in love with the beautiful Gloria Wakefield (MARY CARLISLE) and the pair manage to arrange a truce, young Spanky reignites the war between the two families.



There are three cartoons: Warner Cartoon: Buddy’s Circus (6:31), Popeye Cartoon: The Dance Contest (6:54) and Popeye Cartoon: Sock-A-Bye, Baby (6:22).



VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4¼/5

The film is presented with a black & white picture and its original 1.37 aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. As with most Warner Archive releases, this is pretty brilliant looking, detail is sharp, black levels stark and the natural film grain and noise has been retained.

The disc comes with the WAC standard DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track which outputs good dialogue levels as well as the music, songs and soundtrack. Nothing incredible but still impressive enough for an 80+ year old movie.

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