Henry Koster's The Bishop's Wife (1947), is one of the quintessential Christmas films, but it's so much more than that. Based upon the novel by Robert Nathan, it involves heavenly intervention. If that sounds vaguely like another film, released precisely one year earlier, don't let it bother you.
Totally different, and in many ways, just as charming.
Image-wise, The Bishop's Wife is a bit of a mixed bag. Like The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), it was photographed by the great Gregg Toland. But here, the blacks tend to clot a bit, and the image has just the tiniest tendency toward softness. Might it have been shot that way? Possible.
The other possibility is that it's derived from a fine grain master, which might have been just a touch on the heavy side.
The imagery is fine. Audio is likewise, fine, but could be cleaner.
The Bishop's Wife is a wonderful fantasy. I believe on Blu-ray it could have looked and sounded better, but I'm pleased to finally have it.
Image - 3
Audio - 3
I can heartily recommend this as a film, but the Blu-ray is a bit lacking.