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A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Snake Pit -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, May 7, 2019.

  1. Robert Harris

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    Fox, especially under Darryl Zanuck, seemed unafraid to tackle difficult subjects, as it did just a year previous, with Gentlemen's Agreement.

    The Snake Pit, a 1948 production, directed by Anatole Litvak, concerns mental illness, and Olivia de Havilland shines in the lead.

    Photographed in beautiful black & white by Leo Tover, who would also serve in that capacity for The Heiress, the following year, it arrives in very nice form from Twilight Time. Not perfect, as the original negative presumably no longer survives, but far ahead of the previous home video releases.

    From the appearance of the imagery, it may have been derived from a duplicate negative, which isn't a bad thing, just a tiny bit softer than what one might expect from an earlier generation element.

    The cast is superb. Those who recall Nurse Ratched in Cuckoo's Nest, will find Helen Craig's Nurse Davis, to be even more to love.


    Image - 4.25

    Audio - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Upgrade from DVD - Yes

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    RAH
     
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    Another great performance by Olivia de Havilland and she went on to do The Heiress the following year.
     
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    I was hoping you'd do "A Few Words About..." Melvin and Howard, because I think it looks bad, and I'm wondering what others have to say about it, but no one is talking. but anyway, thanks for all the words you do give! :)
     
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    I'm pretty sure I talked about Melvin and Howard? And I agree about Olivia de Havilland, who is superb in this film. And agree about the transfer.
     
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    Olivia de Havilland must be tickled to know that both "The Snake Pit" and "The Heiress" have been released back to back; and in far finer formats. Amazing, just amazing; as Ms. de Havilland is still with us at 102 years old. Wow, can anyone imagine what a coup such a commentary track would've been on either one of these releases? Needless to say, these two films are front-burner purchases.:thumbs-up-smiley:
     
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    Miss Olivia probably doesn't care whether her films are being released on Blu-ray or not, but I certainly do! I am SO excited in anticipation of receiving The Snake Pit. Such a great film, and such a great performance!
     
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    I’m sorry. I must have missed that.
     

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