SRP $39.95 1.33:1 MONO A&E

"THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA" is one of those classic mini-series that only gets better with time. A&E has released a 2 disc presentation of this BBC production.

Based on an autobiographical novel by Elspeth Huxley, what could have just been a coming-of-age tale about a young girl's move to Kenya, becomes much more than that, dealing with history and politics, but morality as well.

When a 11 yr old Elspeth moves to Kenya with her mom, to start a coffee plantation in 1913, a world of lions, elephants and more await them.  The production was filmed on location and it's extremely eye-opening! While epic in scope, Roy Ward Baker's tight direction ensures that it never drags.

The acting is first-rate and Ben Cross proves, once again, that his performance in "CHARIOTS OF FIRE" was no fluke.

A&E has preserved the show's original full-frame aspect ratio. Colors are generally stable, but the image is never as rich and vibrant as we had hoped.  Contrast is decent and detail in darker scenes is impressive. There are a few scenes wherein grain is problematic. Fleshtones appear natural.

A&E has presented a Dolby Digital Mono mix. Fidelity is impressive and the presentation of atmosphere, dialogue and music is impressive and free from distortion.