DVD Review REVIEW: Fox's "The Song of Bernadette" (with screen captures)

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  1. Gary Tooze

    Gary Tooze Producer

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    Thought I saw something on this DVD here (by Joe Capps?) but can't find it now. [​IMG]
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    There is a kind of sentiment expressed in the conclusion of Henry King's "The Song of Bernadette" that human suffering is a somehow co-related to spiritual enlightenment. This is not particularly a unheard of revelation, but it did seem slightly "out of the blue" for the wonderful pace and themes of the film. Other than that I judge this to be quite a masterpiece. Character development was quite minimized and you wonder where the 156 minutes went to its flies by so hurriedly. I was quite moved by Jennifer Jones performance and it is probably what she is best remembered for. I was reminded of other strongly spiritual films like "Ordet" (Dryer) and "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (Pasolini). I recommend this film very highly. [​IMG]out of[​IMG]

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    Release Information:
    Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

    Aspect Ratio:
    Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
    Edition Details:
    • Commentary by Edward Z. Epstein (author of Portrait of Jennifer: A Biography of Jennifer Jones), John Burlingame (biographer of Alfred Newman), and biographer-historian Donald Spoto
    • Unrestored theatrical trailer (1:28) and 7 other Fox Titles
    • "Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady" from A&E's Biography (44:24)
    • Movietone newsreel (American GIs award Jennifer Jones) (:57)
    • Restoration comparison (3:34)
    • Full-screen format

    DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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    Chapters: 20

    This is a very strong offering from 20th Century Fox. A restored image that still shows some very slight damage, as well as similar flaws in the soundtrack (occasionally quiet and muffled 'hiss'), but overall a very acceptable disc. Great contrast, occasional film grain, sharp. Commentary and host of other Extras. A worthy representation of a fabulous film. [​IMG]out of[​IMG]. Gary Tooze
     
  2. Enrique B Chamorro

    Enrique B Chamorro Supporting Actor

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    Does this film qualify for the Sunrise DVD deal?
     
  3. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
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    Oh good God, I was trying to resist at least one of the Fox Studio Classics [​IMG]

    Impossible isn't it?

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    So many films, so little time...
     
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    Douglas R Cinematographer

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    Great screen shots Gary. I've got this and not only is it a great and moving film but Fox have done a wonderful job on restoring the film. It really does look magnificent.
     
  6. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    Gary, thanks for posting!!!

    Just got this in the mail and cannot WAIT to watch it. Those screen-caps look very well detailed. Looks like a good job from FOX.

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  7. Alistair_M

    Alistair_M Second Unit

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    Another recommended dvd release for Jennifer Jones fans is "Portrait of Jennie" made in 1948. I thought the movie had a wonderful dreamy 'other-world' quality.

    A pretty unique film with a green tinted image for the last few scenes which I think was restored for the dvd release.
     
  8. SteveP

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    A few initial engagements of PORTRAIT OF JENNIE, in 1948, showed the climatic green-tinted storm sequence on an enlarged MagnaScope screen with multi-speaker sound.
     
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  10. Gary Tooze

    Gary Tooze Producer

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    Thanks so much for the recomendation of Portrait of Jennie... I bought the Region 2 ( Freemantle ) DVD and was able to compare it to the Anchor Bay (Out of Print) Region 1 version...

    My results are HERE if anyone is interested.

    Marvelous film... one of my favorites now...

    Thanks again!
     
  11. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

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    Can't see why one would want to avoid the Fox Studio Classics line at all....terrific films with top notch transfers and copious extras for a dirt-cheap price. What would you rather buy, the Ultimate Edition of Patch Adams?? [​IMG]
     
  12. Jeff_HR

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    Great DVD. And another Laserdisc retired.
     

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