Hi Matt. I also reviewed this movie (not the dvd) on Amazon.com. Terrific Franz Waxman score. The narrative jumps forward dramatically towards the end. I got the feeling it was a long book and may have required a longer running time to adapt it adequately. Hayward and Moorehead worked on two movies in quick succession- this and THE CONQUEROR, which sadly exposed them to radiaion from the Atom bomb tests in Nevada and ultimately cancer and early deaths in the '70's.
I have the Italian 16:9 dvd. Great picture quality and stereo sound, but a mastering flaw spoils the image in its final third. TT should do a blu ray (as I think they once planned to do in the early days). If a 16:9 master was made for PAL, I would guess that a HD master was probably made at the same time. Hopefully minus the flaw.
When we visited Fox last October, I happened to mention to the home video people how inconsistent anamorphic and non-anamorphic releases were in their MOD line-up. I used 23 Paces to Baker Street as an example of a movie that Region 1 got in a dreadful pan and scan transfer and that folks in other parts of the world like Australia got in a widescreen anamorphic release. The team was stunned that different transfers were used in different parts of the world and said research would certainly be done on it. Don't know what if anything that will mean for future releases, but the least they could do is correct mistakes already made.