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Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - The Rainmaker -- in Blu-ray (1 Viewer)

Robert Harris

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The Rainmaker, a 1956 production, is based upon the play (also screenwritten) by N. Richard Nash, and directed by Joseph Anthony - his first feature as director. Music is by Alex North.

Publicity from Kino, who have released the Paramount production, states that the image harvest is from the 35/8 OCN, and that looks entirely possible. The image appears unrestored, but there's no loss in HD. There is enough grain structure to carry the film. Color, densities, black levels are all very nice.

I question the probability that the main titles are from the OCN, as they don't have the requisite VVLA sharpness, even in lowly HD.

Other than that, there are some 8-perf artifacts that are normal of the process. All in all, a beautiful Blu-ray.

Audio is monaural.

For those unaware, the film stars Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn, and the disc comes with an incisive and lively commentary by Julie Kirgo.

Image - 4.25

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Upgrade from DVD - Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH
 

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I’ve been hoping for this release to upgrade from the aging DVD for a long time. It’s certainly one of Katharine Hepburn’s most appealing performances, every bit in league with The African Queen and Summertime. Could anyone play spunky spinsters as well as she? So glad to hear the visuals are as good as VistaVision would lead one to hope for. Looking forward to getting this ASAP.
 

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