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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Now Voyager (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Nervous spinster Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (Gladys Cooper), and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until a kindly psychiatrist (Claude Rains) gives her the confidence to venture out into the world on a South American cruise. Onboard, she finds her footing with the help of an unhappily married man (Paul Henreid). Their thwarted love affair may help Charlotte break free of her mother’s grip—but will she find fulfillment as well as independence? Made at the height of Davis’s reign as the queen of the women’s picture and bolstered by an Oscar-winning Max Steiner score, Now, Voyager is a melodrama for the ages, both a rapturous Hollywood romance and a poignant saga of self-discovery.

    FILM INFO
    • Irving Rapper
    • United States
    • 1942
    • 118 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.37:1
    • English
    • Spine #1004

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • Episode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1971 with actor Bette Davis
      • Interview with Paul Henreid from 1980
      • Selected-scene commentary on the film’s score by professor Jeff Smith
      • New interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme on the making of the film
      • New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen
      • Two radio adaptations from 1943 and 1946
      • PLUS: An essay by scholar Patricia White and a 1937 reflection on acting by Davis
      New cover by Sam Hadley

      November 26, 2019
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
  3. Mark VH

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    Genuinely shocked (but not complaining) that this isn't being released through Warner Archive.
     
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    Exactly! Why have Warners, who normally cling to their properties fiercely, let someone else have this very famous film? So, now we're going to have to pay Criterion's very high price instead of Warner Archive's very reasonable price.
     
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    Or just buy it during the 50 percent off Criterion sale and pay a comparable price to what Warners would have charged.
     
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    Criterion has been releasing Warner owned properties for a while now, Swing Time, Mildred Pierce, The Cat People, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Asphalt Jungle, The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, They Live By Night, Blow-Up, etc. All come quickly to mind.

    Looking forward to Now, Voyager! This may be my favorite Davis role next to All About Eve which is being released the same month through Criterion.
     
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    This isn't a new thing, Warner has outsourced other very famous film titles to Criterion over the last few years.
     
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    The Amazon order I placed this morning was Warner Archive's The Thin Man for $18 and Criterion's Notorious for $21.

    It's not THAT different...
     
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    For all those complaining about this one being released by Criterion instead of WAC, I thought that it was confirmed to be coming from Criterion in the recent HTF interview with Criterion, and my impression was that this movie had some very problematic elements (potentially meaning expensive restoration, which MIGHT have been beyond WAC's budget). Will this be more expensive? Yes, but sometimes that higher price might be required when we want to see some of these classics restored the way we would prefer them to be.
     
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    That's a good point - I hadn't realized the number of Warner titles Criterion has released in recent years, but they've definitely added up. And regardless, I'm VERY excited at the idea of Now, Voyager on Criterion.
     
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    "Don't let's ask for the Moon! We have the stars!" ;)
     
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    Very excited about this one! It's been a good year for Bette Davis on Blu.
     
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    :dancing-banana-04:Great news. For every title WB licenses out to Criterion, it leaves a potential spot open for a new WAC title.
     
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    Another Golden Age title getting the deluxe Criterion treatment. Sheer bliss on this end!
     
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    Oh man, what a great Christmas present! I am so thrilled about this one.
     
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    I'll take any of the 11 Bette Davis nominations for Best Actress from whomever distributes;
    and, yes, Criterion is higher priced than WAC; but so what.

    a) It's a 4K transfer; whereas WAC adheres to 2K.
    b) It comes with a Bette Davis interview on The Dick Cavett Show
    c) And, most importantly, its available in the here and "Now".
     
  17. Ronald Epstein

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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    Both Criterion and Warner Archive restore the films they release, but with Criterion though, they pay attention to the fans and give them special features that the fans will enjoy, where as WA just ports over what was on the DVD before.
     
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    Per Robert Harris, Warner just completed a very expensive restoration for their release of Jezebel on blu-ray, so I don't think they're against spending the money to restore/preserve their big classics.
     
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