A Few Words About A few words about...™ Jane Eyre (1944) -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Jane Eyre, directed by Robert Stevenson, is one of those films...

    rather like The Third Man...

    that one could watch without viewing the main titles, and just know. Just absolutely know, that it was directed by Orson Welles.

    The lighting, the camerawork, the angles. It's all there. It was photographed by George Barnes (look him up.) Bernard Herrmann had something to do with the score.

    Of course, Mr. Welles does have an actual role in the film. He plays Mr. Rochester. No, please don't confuse this with Mr. Benny's helper.

    Everything is in place in this gothic production. The acting is absolutely perfect, led by a few interesting children in the early scenes -- Margaret O'Brien, a magnificent Peggy Ann Garner, and a newcomer, strangely uncredited whose name was Taylor.

    Henry Daniell is up to his nefarious best. Agnes Moorehead, appearing as if she'd just come off the set of Ambersons, leaning against that hot boiler. Sara Allgood, who'd been in films since 1918.

    Here's the kicker.

    You'll see warnings that original materials don't survive, and the Blu-ray is as good as it can be.

    Don't heed them.

    The gang at Fox has taken what they have and made something very special out of it.

    Buy this Blu-ray and be ready for a Wellesian ride.

    What an interesting month for Twilight Time!

    Image - 3.5

    Audio - 4

    Highly Recommended.

    RAH
     
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    I just watched this film for the first time ever, and the movie was so good I never thought much about the image quality except IMO it looked better than I would have expected. Jane Eyre features so many great shots. Great BLU release, and wow uncredited young unmistakable Elizabeth Taylor! Don't hesitate to buy this one!
     
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    I was afraid but it looks fantastic. I have been waiting a loong time for this one. Could Joan Fontaine look any more homely in that first shot? What a face!
     
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    Margaret O'Brien and Elizabeth Taylor are my favorite parts of this film. A beautiful black and white Gothic masterpiece I can watch over and over. Twilight Time is always at the top of their game! What would we do without them.
     
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    Also wanted to mention that the Nick Redman, Julie Kirgo and Steven C Smith is really good. Makes this BLU and even more special release.
     
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    So glad you liked it, P&P, we recorded that around 2007 I think, for inclusion on the Fox DVD. It was a particularly enjoyable chat for us, and hopefully for the listeners as well!

    N.
     
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    Twilight Time's Blu-ray is my first viewing of it in a decade. What a magnificent Gothic atmosphere, so beautifully sculpted by Hollywood studio craft and creative lighting, a lot of that from Welles. His performance is superb and this could have launched him as America's Olivier. I would love to know if a serious restoration could rescue some of the flaws, or is even possible.
     
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    Call me ignorant, stupid, what you will - but how do you pronounce this title?Is it "eye-er" "air" ?
     
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    "air"
     
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    Thank you. I felt stupid asking, but I've never known how to pronounce it.
     
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    Don't forget about SCTV's "Jane Eyrehead"



    Buying this for the missus for Xmas!
     
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    The film looks beautiful. I can watch this film over and over. The best lighting ever done. Wow, they made these sets look so creepy with just lighting. SPOILER ALERT: And I love that the wife is never shown.
     
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    Is there a chance that Fox could release this in the UK, either by themselves or a Twilight Time type deal with a small label. ?
     
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    So now the news says we lost Joan Fontaine. Glad I got this Blu. RIP MISS FONTAINE.
     
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    RIP Joan Fontaine

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    Only yesterday I mentioned to a friend how amazing that the two sisters were still alive (though not speaking to one another). Farewell Joan, we loved you in your splendid roles....... to my mind, none finer than the second Mrs deWinter.
     
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    Oliva wins. Or does she?
     
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    Well, Olivia certainly won the lifestyle award by deciding to live in Paris, one of the world's great cities (though given a choice and income to suit, I'd choose Rome) and I guess her two Oscars did trump Joan's one .. but despite Olivia's wonderful movies with Errol Flynn, I guess 'Rebecca' and 'Jane Eyre' were the classiest efforts. What a shame the girls didn't get on......
     
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    I'm sure some people feel that Gone With The Wind was quite a bit "classier" than Rebecca.
     
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    Yes I agree that there certainly would be some people who would prefer 'Gone With the Wind'. I can't understand that myself but I'm happy people have a choice.... anyway, both sisters were totally wonderful. Joan in 'Rebecca' and Olivia in 'Robin Hood' .. what a great double act!
     
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