(remade in he U.S.A. as "The Wild Heart")

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UK 1950

 

The title "Gone to Earth" is taken from the Fox Hunter's bellow when the sought after target is no longer obtainable. Emeric Pressburger adapted Mary Webb's story and with backing from the legendary David O. Sleznick, this film, with its fairy tale qualities, was directed by Michael Powell. Shot, on location in the Shropshire countryside, I don't think I have seen a more beautiful film in my life.

 

Set at the turn of the Century, we are introduced to Hazel Woodus (Jennifer Jones), a very desirous, superstitious and simple country lass who loves all the creatures who inhabit her small village. Objectified for her striking beauty by the local squire, arrogant Jack Reddin, who comments "she is mine - head to foot" even though she has already taken marital vows with Edward Marston (Cyril Cusack). 

 

This is a story about innocence, desire, small town religious oppression, values, forgiveness, arrogance, and standing up for one's beliefs and love at all costs. The cinematography is some of the best I have ever seen and the outdoor colors will make you swoon - and if that doesn't Jennifer Jones will. I was so wrapped up in this film that I am prepared to continue to make sweeping and superlative statements about it - enough to fill this page. I will, for everyone's sake, stop here. In short, THIS is MY type of film. out of

 

NOTE: Sleznick, in his infinite wisdom, took Powell and Pressburger to court for not adhering to the script, eventually losing, but as he had obtained the western hemisphere rights to the film. He re-shot many scenes using the California countryside and mercenary Rouben Mamoulian as director filling in the plot with a higher than required melodramatic tone. The new film was called The Wild Heart.  As with his interference in Terminal Station, converting it to Indiscretion of an American Wife, he again bastardized an original masterpiece creating a flawed and unnecessary reproduction.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 6th, 1950 - UK

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Runtime 1:46:28 1:46:22 (no adjustment for PAL timing)
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1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.77 mb/s
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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles None Korean, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: P T Video / Fremantle

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.37:1

Edition Details:
• Powell's Home Movies (Behind-the-scenes footage) (24:55)
• 5 Interview questions to Ian Christie, (Powell biographer) (Total: 10:56 min)
• Text page biographies of Jennifer Jones, David Farrer, Cyril Cusack, Michael Powell and Ian Christie
• Photo gallery (14 images in click-thru slideshow)

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 2001
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Release Information:
Studio: Sky Cinema (Korea)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Filmography

 

DVD Release Date: 2004-02-17
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Comments My only statement is that at least NTSC viewers have the opportunity to see this fine film in Digital Versatile Disc format. Unfortunately, as with many Korean DVD ports, it is plagued with deficiencies. Firstly it is obviously taken directly from a PAL source meaning ghosting and other inherent artifacts will be prevalent. they have even copied the Chapter #'s and names.  The image is also saturated and hazier than the PAL version. I also see some edge enhancement and the blurry picture quality gives me a headache. tack onto that there is some excessive red in the NTSC image. The Sky Cinema has no Extra Features and our obvious choice is the PT Video / Fremantle release. The Fremantle is one DVD worth buying a Region Free player for (if you find it necessary).

 - Gary W. Tooze

 





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