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Columbia Pictures cinematic classic HERE COMES MR. JORDAN ($20) is definitely one of my favorite fantasy films, thanks to its decidedly comic bent and marvelous cast. HERE COMES MR. JORDAN remains such an enduring classic because of its marvelous plot- a premise that has given rise to a couple of remakes- DOWN TO EARTH and HEAVEN CAN WAIT, which has become something of a minor classic in its own right.

The plot of HERE COMES MR. JORDAN follows the misadventures of boxer Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), who literally dies before his time. It seem that in addition to being a boxer, Joe is also a pilot, and when his plane goes down due to a mechanical failure, an overzealous heavenly guide snatches Joe out of his body before the plane actually crashes. While escorting Joe to his final reward, Messenger 7013 (Edward Everett Horton) discovers his mistake- it seems that Joe had another fifty years of life coming to him.

Unfortunately for all concerned, Joes manager Max Corkle (James Gleason), jumped the gun- having Joes body cremated, so it falls to Messenger 7013s heavenly superior, Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), to rectify the situation. Mr. Jordan places Joe into the body of a recently murdered millionaire, which not only gives Joe a way to get back in the ring to fulfill his destiny as a boxing champion, but also introduces him to the lovely Bette Logan (Evelyn Keyes), with whom he is quickly enamored. The cast of HERE COMES MR. JORDAN also features Rita Johnson, John Emery, Donald MacBride, Don Costello, Halliwell Hobbes, Benny Rubin and an uncredited Lloyd Bridges.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made HERE COMES MR. JORDAN available on DVD in a solid looking black and white transfer that frames the film in its proper 1.37:1 full screen aspect ratio. HERE COMES MR. JORDAN has undergone some restorative/preservation work thanks to UCLA and the DVD looks pretty darn nice for the effort. The image itself appears sharp and provides good definition. Blacks appear accurately rendered; as do the whites, plus the picture feature a fairly nicely varied grayscale. Contrast is usually very good, although a slightly harsh moment can crop up now and then. There are mild blemishes and a few other signs of age, although they are never excessive. A grain structure is noticeable much of time, but it is nothing out of the ordinary for a film of this vintage. Digital compression artifacts are well concealed.

For its age, HERE COMES MR. JORDAN comes with a good quality Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack. Other than an occasional very mild blip, most traces of background hiss and audible distortions have been cleaned up, leaving a fairly smooth sounding track. There are the expected limitations in fidelity, but everything holds up rather well. Dialogue is crisp and always completely understandable. A French language track has also been included on the DVD, in addition to English, Japanese and Portuguese subtitles.

The extremely basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard language set up features. Chapters are encoded onto the DVD, but they cannot be accessed from the menu system, instead, the chapter ship function can be engaged while the film is playing. No supplemental content is provided.



Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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