A most scathingly brilliant classic 4 Stars

Sony brings the 1966 classic girls reform school comedy The Trouble With Angels starring Rosalind Russell and Disney favorite Hayley Mills to Blu-ray courtesy of its MOD (made on demand) program.

The Trouble with Angels (1966)
Released: 30 Mar 1966
Rated: PG
Runtime: 112 min
Director: Ida Lupino
Genre: Comedy, Family
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv, Mary Wickes
Writer(s): Blanche Hanalis (screenplay), Jane Trahey (based on a novel by)
Plot: Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.
IMDB rating: 7.4
MetaScore: N/A

Disc Information
Studio: Sony
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HDMA
Subtitles: English SDH
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 Hr. 51 Min.
Package Includes: Blu-ray
Case Type: Blu-ray keepcase
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: ABC
Release Date: 06/25/2019
MSRP: $22.99

The Production: 4/5

Two troubled girls, Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills) and Rachel Devery (June Harding), arrive at St. Francis Academy, a Catholic boarding school for girls, and quickly become friends and question the authority of the nuns, particularly Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell). The girls are constantly playing practical jokes on the nuns and fellow classmates, then finding themselves on pots and pans duty in the kitchen for the trouble they cause. Over a period of years, the two girls eventually mature, putting their shenanigans behind them and become more willing to help the struggling school succeed before graduating.

The Trouble With Angels may feel dated by today’s standards, but watching it today in the context of a classic film from the mid 1960s, it’s like travelling in a time machine and is often funny and poignant. The three leads are absolutely spectacular. Hayley Mills was trying to shed her squeaky-clean image from the many Disney comedies she appeared in like The Parent Trap and That Darn Cat!  and Pollyanna, and I’m sure the sight of her smoking cigarettes and later a cigar (which she swiped from one of the nuns) must have been somewhat scandalous at the time. June Harding is equally up to the task of being Mary’s best friend and partner in crime in one of her few big screen roles. Rosalind Russell plays the voice of reason as Mother Superior, understanding the issues the girls are having but placing a firm hand of discipline in trying to shape these girls into women fit for society and quite possibly helping a few of them to find the calling of becoming a nun. Director Ida Lupino (this would be her last feature film as a director, working mostly in television) handles the story with grace, balancing the comedy and drama wonderfully.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

Sony has once again delivered a near picture-perfect transfer of a classic catalog title, making its high definition Blu-ray debut in a 1080p AVC-encoded presentation preserving the movie’s theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This is a very film-like presentation, with organic film grain, well-saturated colors (despite the mostly black and white tones), and excellent detail overall that includes wardrobe textures, facial features like freckles, and stone textures in the many statues found around the grounds of the school (which is actually Lindenwold Castle in Ambler, Pennsylvania, not far from where I spent my teenage years).

Audio: 3/5

Sony has included a fairly run of the mill DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono soundtrack that has excellent fidelity for its age. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout, and Jerry Goldsmith’s simple score (that often doubles as sound effects for the aging boiler) sounds marvelous.

Special Features: 0.5/5

Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 1:02)

Overall: 4/5

The Trouble with Angels is a delightful comedy from the mid 1960s that is suitable for an old-fashioned movie night with the family. As with most Sony MOD releases, this disc may appear Sold Out at most retailers. At press time, both Amazon and Best Buy were sold out, but it appears as if Wal-Mart may still be taking orders. Be patient, as more will arrive shortly.

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I hope you'll love it.

I mostly watch movies from the 1930's and 1940's, but this one ranks very high on my list of favorites. Fell in love with it 6 or 7 years ago when I watched it on Turner Classic Movies because it had Hayley Mills and Rosalind Russell listed in the channel guide description. Since then I bet I've rewatched it a dozen times.

And I sure wish there were 20 more movies with June Harding in them. Despite being unknown to me before watching this, I think her character is my favorite in the film. Very fine actress.
 
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I'm very surprised that SONY put out this film on bluray. Don't get me wrong I like it a lot and I'm very happy they've done it. But then they had specialty companies put out huge popular successes like Bye Bye Birdie and I believe Oliver! with limited pressings that sold out quickly and have no upcoming pressings? Are there people in important positions who have no idea what they are doing? Really bizarre.
 

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I'm very surprised that SONY put out this film on bluray. Don't get me wrong I like it a lot and I'm very happy they've done it. But then they had specialty companies put out huge popular successes like Bye Bye Birdie and I believe Oliver! with limited pressings that sold out quickly and have no upcoming pressings? Are there people in important positions who have no idea what they are doing? Really bizarre.
Oliver! was recently re-issued as part of Sony's MOD program, much like Trouble with Angels. It is likely that Bye Bye Birdie will follow on MOD later on down the road, as many of the studio's formerly licensed Twilight Time titles have been re-issued under this program.
 
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Thank You! Is the quality of the Mods as good as the original Twilight Time? Are they exactly the same?
 

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Has anybody received this yet? I'm awaiting my pre-order from Amazon (with a date of June 25th) and it is not yet shipped.
 

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Has anybody received this yet? I'm awaiting my pre-order from Amazon (with a date of June 25th) and it is not yet shipped.
My Amazon order was officially 'delayed' as of last Thursday (the day they told me it would arrive) with no new shipping date mentioned. I don't think they got stock in time to make the original date and didn't know when more would arrive. I was away and never noticed that I didn't get a shipped notification and was sort of expecting to be here when I got back (oops!)

I just got a notification earlier that it shipped today and is due to be here on July 2nd.
 
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Has anybody received this yet? I'm awaiting my pre-order from Amazon (with a date of June 25th) and it is not yet shipped.
I suspect everyone who ordered from Not Amazon got their item. Mine delivered from B&N the day prior to release -- preordered 6/16 and delivered with Birdy and Gaslight 6/24

If Amazon follows their recent pattern I'd suspect they should ship sometime late this week though July 4th may mess things up.
 
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I suspect everyone who ordered from Not Amazon got their item. Mine delivered from B&N the day prior to release -- preordered 6/16 and delivered with Birdy and Gaslight 6/24

If Amazon follows their recent pattern I'd suspect they should ship sometime late this week though July 4th may mess things up.
I hope so. It's not available a lot places now.
 

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As I noted in my review, many of the more popular Sony MOD titles often sell out in their first pressings. Be patient and check back with your favorite online retailer once a week to see if they are taking orders again.
 
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I suspect everyone who ordered from Not Amazon got their item. Mine delivered from B&N the day prior to release -- preordered 6/16 and delivered with Birdy and Gaslight 6/24

If Amazon follows their recent pattern I'd suspect they should ship sometime late this week though July 4th may mess things up.
I got a message that amazon sent it out today and I should get it by Saturday! Yay!
 
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I watched it last night. Safe to order for those wondering if it's OAR. It's almost 16:9, not sure of the exact ratio. Had about an inch of black on bottom and top on my 42 inch screen. Good colors. Good cinematography for what was I'm sure a budget film for Columbia. Sound is good.
 
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