Sir Carol Reed's Academy Award-winning Oliver!, the Best Picture of 1968, has finally made it's way to Blu-ray through the courtesy of Columbia Pictures, the work of Mr. Crisp and his staff -- turning out yet another typical Columbia product -- meaning perfect, and distribution via Twilight Time.
The fact that there will be 3,000 copies on this one will come back to bite those on the fence in the proverbial butt.
Oliver! is one of the great musicals of the 1960s. It's up there with My Fair Lady. Exquisitely produced. Brilliantly acted. Magnificently photographed, choreographed, edited...
The original negative has been loved to death, and Mr. Crisp and his noble band of merrie warriors has brought it back to life. Every 70mm print was struck from the original.
Shot entirely on the Shepperton lot, one would think that they were in Dickensian London.
I have but one problem in the 153 minute Roadshow length of the film. The Intermission title looks a bit awkward. Possibly we're down a couple of generations. It is not perfect!.
For those who are unaware, afraid of musicals... whatever.
Just purchase this, and you'll find an extremely rewarding cinematic experience. Keep in mind, Oliver! is a musical from the gentleman who brought you The Third Man.
Over 20 years ago, I was introduced to Ron Moody, who is nothing like Fagin. I was thrilled to meet him, as I always found him to be a great talent. Several years before that I interacted with, and was generally around Oliver Reed. He was Bill Sykes.
It's a Columbia picture, which means that I shouldn't have to give a rating, but I shall.
Image - 5
Audio - 5 (but I'd run it about 10db high)
Very Highly Recommended.
Or as my dear friends, Mr. Ebert and Mr. Siskel would say...
"Two thumbs held very high. And they couldn't possibly be held any higher!"