Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
The Song of Bernadette would normally be the most unlikeliest of
candidates that I would choose to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I am not a deeply religious person, thus the choice to watch an old 40s
movie about a nun would never have normally crossed my mind. In fact,
the only reason I decided to give this Blu-ray a spin was due to the
overwhelming amount of requests from HTF members to get this movie
released to the format.
I have to tell you, I am absolutely amazed how touched I was by this film
and its fascinating story. There is something mesmerizing about Jennifer
Jone's performance as Bernadette. Truly, she is deserving of the award
she won for Best Actress. Another perfect casting choice, Charles Bickford
as Father Peyramale. Of course, the nicest surprise for me was seeing a
young Vincent Price as the Imperial Prosecutor.
One of the short featurettes included on this disc compares the original film
negatives to the 2002 Fox restoration. It seems as if little has been done to
improve upon that restoration as the transfer not only contains a great deal
of debris, but there are sequences where fading is shown on the edge of the
screen. I suppose Fox simply decided to hand this transfer off to Twilight Time
for release rather than spending the time making it perfect. Nonetheless, for
the most part, the transfer is quite good.
I am extremely proud to place The Song of Bernadette on the list of my
all-time favorite films. This is a Blu-ray that I can truly treasure, as I will
certainly watch it many times more in years to come.
You can order the Blu-ray directly from Screen Archives Entertainment.