I’m referencing absolute perfection.
The the very special opening Warner logo to the production footage, this is an almost unworldly release.
Seeing the early three-strip process in this way is something devoutly to be wished. Only a dozen features were produced in three-strip in 1939, and only two from Warner Bros. Interestingly the other also stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, who as some may recall appeared together in three-strip a year earlier.
That must be some kind of record.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex is a costume drama in overdrive, that may appear stagey, but makes sense, as it’s based upon a stage play that’s been opened up.
Just go with this one – as well as The Yearling, for which one is best to have some brand of absorbent paper product ready to wipe one’s eyes.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Better believe it!
Very Highly Recommended
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