JACK OF DIAMONDS REVIEWED
“Jack of Diamonds” plays into the late 60s fascination with espionage and theft. Joseph Cotten and George Hamilton work as master thief and student. After a daring opening where Hamilton robs Zsa Zsa Gabor, it’s off to the races. The problem is that these are the discount horse chariot races. Everything from the action to the score wants to be its bigger brothers in the worst way.
If you ever wanted to know what a discount “Danger: Diabolik” would resemble, then look no further. The difference being that Hamilton can’t raise the discourse above smiling tan thief. While parts of his apartment look like Austin Powers’ bungalow, this is the only thing resembling a personality. The celebrity victims and exciting locales makes the film feel like an expensive episode of the old Batman show. Still, there’s something to this film that I can’t put my finger on.
Will this movie ever make it to HD? Well, if it does…it needs a remaster. While the transfer was serviceable, I could spot several signs of damage. Given that the film is a barely remembered early Hamilton piece, I don’t see that happening.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer