DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 106 minutes, two audio commentaries, original trailer, photo gallery, and biographies
STUDIO: Sommerville House/ Ventura
RELEASE DATE: 11-8-2005
Michael York has been in different types of movies in various roles. His first starring role was in CONDUCT UNBECOMING
which I have never seen until now. No matter what role Michael plays or whether the movie is great (or not), he is a thrill
to watch. Some people might best know him for his sci-fi movies like LOGAN'S RUN. But CONCUDT UNBECOMING is a gem with an
excellent cast (Stacy Keach, Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Christopher Plummer, and Susannah York). It is a historical
drama set at a British military outpost in 19th century Colonial India. Michael York is Drake, an idealistic officer, who
joins a British military regiment. He questions his own honor when the honor of the reigment is at stake after a beautiful
widow is assaulted. Drake is assigned as defense counsel for Millington, another officer, who may just be guilty in a secret
court martial trial to protect the honor of the reigment. As the trial goes on, Drake realizes that Millington (James
Purcell) might be innocent and something more terrible is going on. Millington thinks this is his way to wash out
of military service, but Drake knows too well that the regiment wants to clean up this mess and forget about it whether Millington
is guilty or not.
I enjoyed CONDUCT UNBECOMING. It is movie from another time of filmmaking and it is a character drama. The characters drive
the action and the twists are more effective for it even when you reach the suprising climax.
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Except for some dirt at the beginning and grain (or video noise) in the blue skies, the transfer is quiet nice. The colors
and shadow values nicely match the way they looked to movies that came out in the mid 1970s.
AUDIO: English 2.0
Subtitles: None, not even close captioning
Dialogue is easy to hear and the sound is OK. However, this is a track with no noticeable surround action. Shame that they
couldn't include close captioning or English subtitles.
SPECIAL FATURES: Thew two audio commentaries for the film are quite interesting to listen to. The first one is with director
Michael Anderson as he reveals an added twist to the ending he didn't think of until filming was long over. The second commentary
is with Michael York as he reflects on the movie while trying to remember it (since it ahs been 20 years). Both commentaries
have pauses in them, but they are full of life. Also included among the extras is teh original theatrical trailer, a photo
gallery of stills from the movie, and biographies on the cast.
FINAL ANLAYSI: CONDUCT UNBECOMING is a suspeneful drama with good twists and a great cast. Watch it if you haven't seen
it. If you had an seen it long time ago or like some of the actors in the movies, go rent or buy the DVD.
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