directed by Douglas Sirk
USA
1959

 

Captivating and heart-warming social mediation by Douglas Sirk. Although heavy-handed in comparison to his masterpiece "All That Heaven Allows", it still shows elements of greatness contrasting with rather abrupt and unsubtle societal commentary. Melodramatically acted by most of the cast, I never really had a feeling of bonding with the Lana Turner character of Lora Meredith. This was none-the-less an enjoyable film experience with powerful and witty undercurrents if you choose to observe them. In one scene, Sarah Jane is beaten by her boyfriend for not disclosing her mother is negro and in the next scene we see her mother on her knees subserviently massaging her white employers feet. Important for its era the social injustices portrayed have there place in evoking powerful emotions even in a modern context. Probably the films big failing is in the timeframe. 11 years of seemingly non-consequential living passes by in the blink of an eye (1948-59) simply showing glimpses of some stage shows that Lora has appeared in. None of the characters emotionally mature in this time frame but I suppose that is a lot like real life, hence the title of the film.   out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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Distribution UMVD Region 1 - NTSC
Region 1 ( North America only )
Runtime 2:04:20
Video 1.85:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 6.62 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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UMVD

 

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)  
Subtitles Spanish, French, Close Captioned (English), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: UMVD
Theatrical Release Date: April 30, 1959

 

Aspect ratio:

1.85:1


 

Edition Details:
• 4:3 Non-anamorphic picture-boxed Trailer - 2:29
• Recommendations: Trailer for 'Fried Green Tomatoes', 'One True Thing', 'Mask'
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen

Cast overview, first billed only:


Lana Turner .... Lora Meredith
John Gavin .... Steve Archer
Sandra Dee .... Susie, age 16
Robert Alda .... Allen Loomis
Susan Kohner .... Sarah Jane, age 18
Dan O'Herlihy .... David Edwards
Juanita Moore .... Annie Johnson
Karin Dicker .... Sarah Jane, age 8
Terry Burnham .... Susie, age 6

Comments:

An un-detailed often hazy print showing excessive film grain that makes this less than the perfect picture quality DVD. The anamorphic 1.85 image has its failings, but I was not put-off by its overall presentation. The sound was acceptable with minor hiss and crackling in spots. There were no extras to speak of and a commentary would have definitely enhanced the appreciation of this film for many. It could have been a lot better in the hands of Criterion, but I don't think the film really warrants the monetary expenditure that would be required.  I give this DVD out of

Gary W. Tooze

DVD Release Date: February 24, 2003
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