THE SEA WOLF REVIEWED
“The Sea Wolf” has finally been restored to its original version. Over the years, cuts were made to the movie and the original print didn’t remain intact. Taking pieces from John Garfield’s archival print and the material that WB had at the studio, we’re finally getting the original movie. The end result? It’s a slightly longer Jack London adaptation than we probably needed. They’re not all going to be world-class winners.
This is a film with a lot of emerging talent, but it never really had any focus. After watching the movie three times, I came to see why WB was so quick to recut it in the 1940s and 1950s. There is never the right feel or tempo throughout the movie. Robinson gives up his usual tics to play a straightforward lead, but he’s a character actor. Ida Lupino could’ve served as a better point of focus, but the movie is never sure how to handle her. It’s a fascinating film that misses by a hair.
- Screen Director’s Playhouse radio broadcast
- 1.37:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO