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Robert Harris

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During a career at Universal directing what became known as "weepers," Douglas Sirk created a specific genre of melodramas for which he is known.

Between 1953 and 1959, there were eight or nine of them, dependent upon how one perceives the films.

Battle Hymn, starring Rock Hudson as "the flying parson" isn't one of those films, and seeing it today, it becomes obvious that it doesn't stand the test of time.

Mr. Hudson became synonymous with Mr. Sirk's work, as he appeared in seven of his productions between Has Anybody Seen My Gal in 1952, and The Tarnished Angels in 1957.

Battle Hymn is an important release for Sirk fans, and shares an unlikely position as antithetical to the rest of the Sirk / Hudson films as the 1954 3-D extravanganza, Taza, Son of Cochise.

As a Blu-ray, it's okay. Resolution and grain seem fine, but color tends to drift in places, possibly based upon typical 1956 fade.

Image – 3.75

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Yes

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Compared to Some of Mr. Sirk's other films - it does seem like something out of ...
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The Twilight Zone ;)!
 
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