Senior HTF Member
- Jun 23, 2006
- Real Name
- Robert M. Grippo
I think has Mark Sandrich not passed away he would have directed Blue Skies? It might have been a bit better under his direction. https://33.media.tumblr.com/988613804864f15ee6df300051be4233/tumblr_mx1iw9JW8h1sno1suo4_250.gifBlue Skies, released by Paramount in 1946 is a bit of an oddity. Directed by Stuart Heisler, it's "based upon an original idea" by Irving Berlin, using his songs.
Never a great film, it has some wonderful moments, which make it worthwhile, such as Mr. Astaire doing Puttin' on the Ritz.
One of 35 Technicolor productions released in 1946 (for those into numbers), and one of 3 from Paramount. To place things in a bit of perspective, there were 26 films in the process in 1945, 28 in 1944, 25 in 1943, 17 in 1942, 19 in 1941, 16 in 1940, 13 in 1939, 13 in 1938, 7 in 1937. Point being, especially until the 1950s, they were rarities.
Historically speaking, this isn't a major Technicolor production, so one would be correct in presuming that a digital restoration (think Warner Archive) is in not in order. It isn't.
What we're given by Universal via Kino is more than good enough to make the point. Color seems generally accurate, even if imperfect, and overall registration is fine. Shadow detail is lacking.
Image – 3.5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from first DVD – Yes
Works up-rezzed to 4k - Okay