A few words about…™ A Patch of Blue — in Blu-ray

Cinematographer Robert Burks (yes you've seen his name in credits) created a beautifully scaled image 4 Stars

A Patch of Blue, directed by the great Guy Green, is a gorgeous black & white film (Mr. Green knew something about that) featuring a newly discovered talent, the delightful Elizabeth Hartman.

Cinematographer Robert Burks (yes you’ve seen his name in credits) created a beautifully scaled image, working for the former DP turned director.

For those who may be unaware, Mr. Green was the first British cameraman to win the Academy Award, for his black & white work on a small UK production, Great Expectations (1946). He worked for the same filmmaker several times, on Madeleine, This Happy Breed, and In which We Serve, working in 3-strip Technicolor along the way.

A Patch of Blue is a wonderful film about blindness, and color blindness, and deserves your attention.

Did I mention Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters?

The pity is that Ms Hartman only appears in eight films, inclusive of The Beguiled, and The Group.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely

Highly Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,member

23 Comments

  1. A truly great film that I'm looking forward to revisiting in 1080p. Amazon still hasn't shipped my disc yet, but hopefully I get it this week, but you never know about Amazon and Warner titles. Thank you for your fine review.

  2. Roger Grodsky

    Let’s not forget Ms. Hartman’s wonderful and insane Barbara Darling in Coppola’s “You’re a Big Boy Now!”

    Terrific film. Didn’t mention it I presumed no one would know of it. Big Boy is how I spent much of my summer vacation, and an educational experience.

  3. Robert Harris

    Terrific film. Didn’t mention it I presumed no one would know of it. Big Boy is how I spent much of my summer vacation, and an educational experience.

    Mr. Harris, were you a crew member on YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW? That film also has my favorite Elizabeth Hartman performance. I saw YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW just before I moved to Manhattan, and the images of that film has kind of become intermixed with my own memories, especially of Times Square and the bowels of the Reading Room of the New York Public Library, where I used to hang out in-between double features at the New Amsterdam and the Lyric.

  4. lark144

    Mr. Harris, were you a crew member on YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW? That film also has my favorite Elizabeth Hartman performance. I saw YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW just before I moved to Manhattan, and the images of that film has kind of become intermixed with my own memories, especially of Times Square and the bowels of the Reading Room of the New York Public Library, where I used to hang out in-between double features at the New Amsterdam and the Lyric.

    Gopher

  5. lark144

    I'm looking forward to reading your memoirs!

    Exciting. Walked the dog, let actors know they were needed on stage, filed permits…

    Some extraordinary people worked on that film. One of the most interesting, and open was Michael Dunn.

  6. Robert Harris

    Exciting. Walked the dog, let actors know they were needed on stage, filed permits…

    Some extraordinary people worked on that film. One of the most interesting, and open was Michael Dunn.

    I know very little about Michael Dunn. The only film of his I own is SHIP OF FOOLS, and while there are many great and moving performances in that film, his character stands out, possibly because of the way he is both inside and outside the film, in addition to the persona he projects, which exudes inner strength and a strong sense of purpose, while also being somewhat self-effacing. I wonder if he was like that in person.

  7. lark144

    I know very little about Michael Dunn. The only film of his I own is SHIP OF FOOLS, and while there are many great and moving performances in that film, his character stands out, possibly because of the way he is both inside and outside the film, in addition to the persona he projects, which exudes inner strength and a strong sense of purpose, while also being somewhat self-effacing. I wonder if he was like that in person.

    Quite. First time we met, he noted my discomfort, and hopped up on a table. Once we were eye to eye, he smiled and asked if that was better. We went on to chat about college. As I recall, he had spent time at Univ of Miami, where I had spent a year. An immediate education in maturity, respect and understanding others, who might be a bit different.

    A very fine gentleman. And talented, to boot.

  8. Robert Harris

    Quite. First time we met, he noted my discomfort, and hopped up on a table. Once we were eye to eye, he smiled and asked if that was better. We went on to chat about college. As I recall, he had spent time at Univ of Miami, where I had spent a year. An immediate education in maturity, respect and understanding others, who might be a bit different.

    A very fine gentleman. And talented, to boot.

    Thank you Mr. Harris, for sharing that reminiscence.

  9. I love this film and never get tired of watching it over and over. I’m glad it is finally getting the transfer it deserves because the others were horrible.

  10. Ken Koc

    Why has THE FIXER been impossible to see for decades?

    Probably because Warner Archives hasn't gotten around to releasing it yet. With thousands of potential titles to mull over each month, I suppose they are looking for the films that will require the least work to bring up to Blu-ray speed, and which ones are most likely to sell in this Marvel-happy day and age. THE FIXER, a fine movie with a terrific Alan Bates performance, is rather slow and a bit repetitive, and might not go over all that well. Hopin' for it, though.

  11. Robert Crawford

    A truly great film that I'm looking forward to revisiting in 1080p. Amazon still hasn't shipped my disc yet, but hopefully I get it this week, but you never know about Amazon and Warner titles. Thank you for your fine review.

    Shipped it? Amazon doesn't even have it listed.

  12. I watched the blu ray tonight and I have to admit I was disappointed in the transfer. When the titles came up they looked pushed and over bright and I should have realized there was a problem, but I waited until I got into the body of the film. Sure enough I found the transfer way too bright, flat and milky with a lack of contrast. I suspect this transfer was made off the original negative and, I'm reminded over and over again, few graders don't seem to know how to do a proper black and white transfer off of the O.N.
    Sorry to disagree on this, I know I will be in the minority with my opinion of this transfer.

  13. Robert Crawford

    My copy hasn't shipped yet from Amazon. If not resolution in the next day or two, I will buy it from another retailer and cancel my Amazon order.

    Today, I received my Blu-ray from Barnes & Noble for $16.60 tax included. I plan on watching it this weekend.

  14. Stephen PI

    I suspect this transfer was made off the original negative and, I'm reminded over and over again, few graders don't seem to know how to do a proper black and white transfer off of the O.N.

    Since few graders don't know how to do a proper transfer, I guess that means that most graders do know how to do it proper! 😀
    Nevertheless, this is Warner Archive we're talking about here, and they know exactly what they are doing. I suspect the disc will be sheer perfection.

  15. Mark-P

    Since few graders don't know how to do a proper transfer, I guess that means that most graders do know how to do it proper! 😀
    Nevertheless, this is Warner Archive we're talking about here, and they know exactly what they are doing. I suspect the disc will be sheer perfection.

    I watched the disc this morning and thought it looked great. One more thing, I forgot how wonderful of a soundtrack this film had from Jerry Goldsmith.

  16. Through Sunday June 16th B&N is having a 40% off blu ray sale. Excludes Criterion, Disney, and Marvel but includes the Warner Archive using ship to home. With 40% off the single disc archive titles are $13.19 each. Apparently B&N raised the threshold for free shipping and now it is $35. Free shipping available for any size order with membership plus you get additional 10% off with ship to home. I had two ,one use, 20% off coupons , that I got in the mail and so with coupons and 10% membership discount I purchased Patch of Blue and Summer Stock for $9.50 each plus tax.

    FYI the B&N website shows the Warner Archive titles but they are not discounted if you buy from the website. Must use in store ship to home.

    2nd FYI I just read on another forum that the 40% off works with preorders that are in their system. This means you can get Gaslight among others at 40% off.

  17. Just watched the blu and it is stunning, absolutely beautiful. The previous transfer was muddy, blurry, and cropped. It is so sharp it looks like you’re looking out a window. Good job!

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