I’ve always loved this film, but have never seen it in the quality offered by Twilight Time, from Columbia’s latest video master.
To my mind, it’s always seemed to be film by Frank Capra, as channeled through John Ford. It has so many attributes of both filmmakers, that it’s difficult to see precisely where one ends and the other begins.
Mr. Ford moved around, from studio to studio, from Fox to RKO and Goldwyn, too Columbia.
The Whole Town’s Talking was released in 1935, between Judge Priest (1934-Fox), and The Informer (1935-RKO), and is unlike the rest of Ford’s huge catalog of productions.
Obviously, familiar with the photographic trickery used by David Swift, his DP, Joseph August adeptly combines rear-screen projection, with mattes and multiple exposures to create a world, in which we have two very different Edward G. Robinsons.
Just a wonderful film, from start to finish, and a gorgeous Blu-ray, down to every detail.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely