Disney Movie Club Exclusive
Disney / Buena Vista | 1967 | 101 minutes | Not rated | October 11, 2016
Monkeys, come home!
Henry Dussard (Dean Jones), a young American, inherits a picturesque but poorly neglected olive farm in the south of France and is determined to make it operational again despite the cautionary advice of the local priest (Maurice Chevalier) and d ‘a pretty villager (Yvette Mimieux). Desperate for the workers, the inventive Dussard turns to the most wacky team of olive pickers ever recruited … four mischievous monkeys! As former members of an Air Force space team, these intelligent chimpanzees quickly take on their new responsibilities … but turn out to have a turbulent effect on the townspeople.
To know more about Monkeys, go home! and the monkeys, come home! Blu-ray release, see Monkeys, Go Home! Blu-ray review published by Martin Liebman on April 29, 2021 where this Blu-ray version scored 2.5 out of 5.
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Screenplay: Maurice Tombragel
With: Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Clement Harari, Marcel Hillaire, Jules Munshin
Producers: Ron Miller, Walt disney
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Monkeys, come home! Blu-ray review
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, April 29, 2021
Years 1967 Monkeys, go home! typifies Disney’s sweet live-action fare of the time. It’s charming, capable, and colorful, a film that aims to mix wacky antics with grounded drama and more than a nice pinch of romance. There is nothing heavy here. It’s a light film with aspirations of simple entertainment, which it delivers in fruitful portions. It’s not a classic, but a very aging and enjoyable little film it is.
Hank Dussard (Dean Jones) has just returned to his mother’s house in a small French village where he will take over a vineyard with some 480 olive trees that he wants to cultivate. But times have changed. There is no more money in olive oil, he says. He is not dissuaded, but he realizes after a conversation with the local preacher, Father Sylvain (Maurice Chevalier), that he will need a few hands to take care of it. Small hands, preferably, like children’s hands. But Hank is single and has no children, so he employs the next best thing: trained monkeys. It’s a foolproof solution but Hank is going to have to be careful that his secret is not revealed. One of the first to know is local beauty Maria Miserau (Yvette Mimieux) who takes a liking to Hank and maintains a romantic relationship with him. But as the news spreads, problems arise when locals don’t appreciate the trained monkeys doing the work a human might do for pay.
Monkeys, go home! comes down to a few simple ingredients: simplicity breeds necessity breeds the introduction of something unknown breeds many humorous opportunities. Add a little romance and the movie hits all the grades needed for a basic family movie. Whether families of the 2020s will find this 1960s comedy as effective today as it was then has been the subject of some debate, but there is no doubt that the film lovingly adheres to simple times and basic formulas that give a perfectly pleasant little film. The acting is good, the production values are solid, and the film makes for a pleasant getaway with admittedly little stamina but enough charm in the moment to make a watch well worth the time investment.
Monkeys, come home! Blu-ray, video quality
Disney’s 1080p Blu-ray presentation Monkey’s, go home! looks awesome. These Disney Movie Club exclusives are truly some of the hidden gems of the Blu-ray format, and this one excels as well. The image is perfectly filmic, adhering to a natural grain structure. It’s deliciously true for form and a pleasure to watch. The old French town seen at the start is rich in lively texture on the rough-hewn exteriors and, of course, so too is the vineyard, be it the farmhouse or the trees or supporting elements that surround it. These locations, along with other home interiors and various other places, reveal all the charm, clutter, and furnishings of the old world with exacting precision. The color output is superb. Natural greens are rich, red hair pops off the screen, clothes are vibrant, and the entire spectrum is well balanced and alive as appropriate and grounded where warranted. There are no serious printing anomalies and no noticeable obvious encoding failures. The film couldn’t look better on Blu-ray.
Monkeys, go home! Blu-ray, audio quality
The included Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack plays with acceptable front spacing, allowing music to flow through the front with a fair sense of engagement through the two speakers. At least it’s not blurry in the middle, and if the clarity is lacking, the net effect is positive if only for the width. There is a slight feeling of imbalance in a bright atmosphere, like on the street in the first few minutes. Granted, between lossy encoding and the lack of surround channels, the opportunity for rich immersion in location is limited, but there’s no feeling for the tight and cramped environmental elements here. The heavier effects don’t play with much authority either. Dialogue directs the bulk and plays with good essential detail and pleasing imagery of the center-forward location. There’s nothing memorable here, nothing that tests even the most modest of sound systems, but it does get the listener through the movie well. And for a low-effort Blu-ray for a 1967 film, it’s hard to find too many flaws here.
Monkeys, come home! Blu-ray, overall rating and recommendation
Monkeys, come home!The simple charms of may not find much resistance with today’s young audience, but it’s certainly a fun little escape that could tickle the imaginations of anyone who grew up back then or who doesn’t fear. not a film with a more relaxing rhythm and structure. The bottom line is, it’s a fun little getaway and well worth the time investment. Disney’s feature-less Blu-ray delivers exceptional 1080p video and passable lossy two-channel audio. There are no extras included on the disc. Recommended.