Novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) seems to have found the perfect woman in Ellen (Gene Tierney), a beautiful socialite who initiates a whirlwind romance and steers him into marriage before he can think twice. Yet the glassy surface of Ellen’s devotion soon reveals monstrous depths, as Richard comes to realize that his wife is shockingly possessive and may be capable of destroying anyone who comes between them. A singular Hollywood masterpiece that draws freely from the women’s picture and film noir alike, Leave Her to Heaven boasts elegant direction by melodrama specialist John M. Stahl, blazing Technicolor cinematography by Leon Shamroy, and a chilling performance by Tierney, whose Ellen is a femme fatale unlike any other: a woman whose love is as pure as it is poisonous.
Leave Her to Heaven was restored by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation.
- John M. Stahl
- United States
- 110 minutes
- Spine #1020SPECIAL FEATURES
- New 2K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
- PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott
New cover illustration by Flore Maquin
March 24, 2020
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
I think this release is derived from the same 2K scan as the TT release. I need to see more information to confirm if Fox and the Film Foundation revisit it since the 2013 BD release.The TT version is OK considering the elements issues that Fox has with its Technicolor productions.
Do we have any idea what this one will be like? Any hope for improvements?
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
I said so, too, in my review. I think they did the best they could with what they had to work with, and it was more than acceptable.One would presume so, as there are no other surviving elements, and the quality was better than might have been expected. I found it quite acceptable and pleasing.
As much as I enjoy Imogen Sara Smith's thoughts on film noir, I don't see a good reason to buy this Criterion BD release. At least, "All About Eve" had more bonus material.One would presume so, as there are no other surviving elements, and the quality was better than might have been expected. I found it quite acceptable and pleasing.
I figure "well, it's not coming out till March" so I don't have to decide now and we have plenty of time to discover the differences (if any) between the transfers. I can decide if it's worth getting once we hear reviews and I'm officially "on the fence" until we know more. I didn't see a whole lot of difference in the clip posted to the Criterion page here, though:I don't see a good reason to buy this Criterion BD release.
At the very least, it gives the people who missed the TT an opportunity to get the film on blu-ray and that's a good thing.
You would think if they were going to go to the trouble and expense to set up an interview with Imogen Sara Smith, they could have gone ahead and done a commentary with Imogen Sara Smith. The woman wrote a book on noir set outside the confines of the city. I’m sure she could have filled the time with great info...As much as I enjoy Imogen Sara Smith's thoughts on film noir, I don't see a good reason to buy this Criterion BD release. At least, "All About Eve" had more bonus material.
- Jan 24, 2013
- Real Name
- Jim Miller