Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 17th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1957
Director: Jean Negulesco
Writers: Ivan Moffat, Dwight Taylor
Cast: Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb, Sophia Loren, Alexis Minotis, Jorge Mistral, Laurence Naismith, Piero Giagnoni, Gertrude Flynn
BluRay released: October 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Kino Lorber
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Boy on a Dolphin was directed by Jean Negulesco whose other notable films include, The Mask of Dimitrios, How to Marry a Millionaire and Daddy Long Legs. Key collaborators on Boy on a Dolphin include, cinematographer Milton R. Krasner (All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch) and composer Hugo Friedhofer (Casablanca, The Beast with Five Fingers).
After appearing in three dozen films most of which were made in Italy, Sophia Loren would make her Hollywood debut with Boy on a Dolphin. And the character she would portray in this film would serve as a blue print for a type of character she would often portray throughout her career. With their being an emphasis on her voluptuous figure.
The narrative is well constructed and though it is easy to see where the film will eventually lead. The end result is an extraordinary melodrama that delves ever so lightly into social commentary. And when it comes to pacing there are no issues as this film does a great job letting key moments to fully resonate. Also the main characters are well defined and their motivations are never in doubt.
From a production stand point this films delivers in all areas. And nowhere is more evident than in regards to the film’s visuals which take full advantage of the Greek locations. With this film’s standout moment visually being the scene where Sophia Loren’s character first discovers the golden boy on a dolphin.
Besides Sophia Loren’s aforementioned rock solid performance. Other performance of note includes, Alan Ladd (The Blue Dahlia, The Glass Key) in the role of Dr. James Calder and Clifton Webb (Laura, The Man Who Never Was) in the role of Victor Parmalee, an aristocrat who uses his wealth to buy priceless artifacts. These two characters have polar opposite objectives, Dr. James Calder wants to preserve lost artifacts by returning them where they belong, while Victor Parmalee wants exploit them for his own pleasure.
Boy on a Dolphin comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a brand new 4k transfer has been created from a recent restoration. Colors are nicely saturated, black and contrast levels remain strong throughout and details look crisp. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. The audio is I very good shape. There are no issues with background noise or distortion, dialog is clear, everything sounds balanced robust when it needs too.
Overall Boy on a Dolphin gets a solid audio / presentation from Kino Lorber.
Note: This film is also being released by Kino Lorber on DVD.