Warner Bros. Archive Collection is fast becoming one of my favorite blu-ray labels to collect. It has been a lot of fun watching and reviewing a wide assortment of movies that I’ve never heard of, from a time long before I was born, and are not likely something I would have had the chance to watch otherwise. Today’s delve into restored classics is called Action of the Tiger. Let’s dive in.
Released in 1957, Action of the Tiger follows a wealthy French woman named Tracy as she enlists the help of a boat captain named Carson in order to free her blind brother who is being held captive in Albania. Carson, skeptical that Tracy knows what she’s in for, reluctantly agrees and they set sail.
Once they arrive and find her brother, things really set into motion. By the end of it, they’ve found their way past armed guards, traveled the countryside of Albania, and somehow collected a group of orphans who also want out of the country. Oh, and there may even be a bit of a romance forming as well (because of course there is, it’s a movie from the 50s, of course he’s gonna get the girl).
The film’s 93 minute runtime sped by quick with all that is going on, especially with how gorgeous this movie is. Filmed in Spain and Greece, and with some really nice looking wide shots showcasing the landscape, this movie rarely has any dead time without something interesting on screen. One thing I really like about older films is just taking in how different everything was back in the day. This is especially notable because Warner has done a wonderful job with the transfer and authoring of the disc.
There is a couple other interesting things about this release and the movie itself. First, Sean Connery has a small role here. I won’t say who or when, but you should keep your eyes open and see if you can catch him as a young buck before his Bond days. And secondly, this is the European uncut version of the film, with a rather saucy topless scene. You know, in case you were interested.
As I mentioned above, Warner did a great job with the 2K scan that was used for this release. Of course, due to it’s age, there is a good amount of film grain present, but it looks really damn good nonetheless. This movie has a good deal many scenes in the dark, and there’s a good amount of detail present here. The locations in the movie help this out quite a bit, as there is almost always something unique on screen.
This release features a DTS Master-Audio 2.0 channel track, which sounds perfectly fine. It’s actually kind of hard to comment on 2.0 tracks, because they generally (and by definition) sound flatter than any modern offering, but a good sign is not having any popping or distortion, which I didn’t find here.
The one downside to Warner Archives releases, is that sometimes they can be lacking in the special features department. Action of the Tiger is one such case, with a theatrical trailer for the film and nothing else.
Our Recommendation for Action of the Tiger:
As is with most of their Archives Collection, this movie is likely to have a more niche target audience. I typically like to encourage people to check out movies that are off of the beaten path, and I believe that Action of the Tiger fits nicely in there, with some really fun and interesting visuals and an interesting story.