One might wonder what goes into decision-making at Fox regarding what films to release in-house, and what to license.
I'm presuming that the internal distribution of Love Me Tender, a Richard Egan, Deborah Paget film, would have ended up over at Twilight Time, had it not be for the fact that it introduced of one Elvis Presley.
The mind sometimes plays tricks, and as I've not seen this film in years, I was interested in seeing how dye fade might affect LMT's mid-1956 color emulsion.
Was I surprised when the Fox logo came up in black & white?
As photographed by Leo Tover, who after years behind the camera at Paramount and RKO, joined Fox c. 1939-40, Love Me Tender is a CinemaScope gem.
On Blu-ray it takes on a very interesting look. Almost charcoal-like is some sequences. Grain structure is delicate, shadow detail is generally good, but something is going on that gives the image a bit of a higher contrast feeling, and for a film that has a certain grittiness, especially in the opening scenes, I like it.
Audio is offered as both DTS-HD MA, presumably based upon the original stereo mix, and also in mono. I'm not certain of the stereo, as it seems quite centered, and I wonder if the original elements actually survived.
Regardless, the audio works nicely.
Image - 4.5
Audio - 4.5