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Discussion in 'DVD' started by ScottR, Aug 22, 2003.
Is this available on dvd? If so, how is the picture and sound quality?
Yes, it is, but I haven't seen it.
There is a review here.
Wow, I didn't know For Whom the Bell Tolls had been restored to its original running length. They gave it a good review, too. I think I'll have to pick this one up. It was a Best Picture Oscar-nominee in 1943, too, also for actor, actress, and many others, and Katina Paxinou won for supporting actress.
Somehow this had passed me by as well. Another one I have to have, especially with the original Overture and Intermission.
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS was restored to 166 minutes in 1995, when it was released on laserdisc. It was originally released at 170 minutes, so there are still a few minutes which are lost (forever, probably).
This is a movie that is so good you just have to be happy it is available in any format. The restoration was only possible by adding film elements different in video quality than the original negative. The movie, like many others of its time, was cut so bad to meet the 2 hour limitation what was left was a mismash of a movie.
You will notice the restored parts are a little grainy and not quite as sharp as the original negative. No matter, this is a masterpiece and very acceptable and enjoyable. If it is still available, buy it. Also think about other excellent Heminghway movies available, such as The Sun Also Rises, Snows of Kilamanjaro and Farwell to Arms. I have them all and they are great.
Yeah, it's a great film and I may pick this DVD up.
Does anyone know what Hemmingway thought of the movie?
You have "The Sun Also Rises? on DVD? I wasn't aware that it had ever been released in any format on home video, so if you have it I'd be interested to know who put it out.