One of the quintessential all-star M-G-M productions, it’s a film that I’ve never seen looking this miraculously good.
While it’s just a shade heavy, and with a slightly limited gray scale, it’s a Blu-ray that had me pleasantly shocked at its quality from the first frame to last.
Derived from a safety fine grain taken from the OCN, plus bits and pieces (that’s a tech term) from a nitrate lavender.
Produced by David O. Selznick during his pre-indie days, it hosts an extraordinary cast – John Barrymore, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Billie Burke, Edmund Lowe, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, May Robson – all meticulously photographed by the great William Daniels.
Screenplay by Herman Mankiewicz, based upon the play by George S. Kauffman and Edna Ferber.
We’re talking an uber-classic production, which should be in every serious library.
Image – 4
Audio – 4
Pass / Fail – Pass
Very Highly Recommended
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