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directed by Henry King
USA
1943

There is a kind of sentiment expressed in the conclusion of Henry King's "The Song of Bernadette" that human suffering is a somehow co-related to spiritual enlightenment. This is not particularly a unheard of revelation, but it did seem slightly "out of the blue" for the wonderful pace and themes of the film. Other than that I judge this to be quite a masterpiece. Character development was quite minimized and you wonder where the 156 minutes went to its flies by so hurriedly. I was quite moved by Jennifer Jones performance and it is probably what she is best remembered for. I was reminded of other strongly spiritual films like "Ordet" (Dryer) and "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (Pasolini). I recommend this film very highly out of .

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: December 25th, 1943 - Los Angeles

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Distribution 20th Century Fox  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:37:40
Video 1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 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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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Edward Z. Epstein (author of Portrait of Jennifer: A Biography of Jennifer Jones), John Burlingame (biographer of Alfred Newman), and biographer-historian Donald Spoto
• Unrestored theatrical trailer (1:28) and 7 other Fox Titles
• "Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady" from A&E's Biography (44:24)
• Movietone newsreel (American GIs award Jennifer Jones) (:57)
• Restoration comparison (3:34)
• Full-screen format



DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Chapters: 20

Directed by
Henry King

Writing credits
Franz Werfel (novel)
George Seaton 

Cast (in credits order)
Jennifer Jones .... Bernadette Soubirous
William Eythe .... Antoine Nicolau
Charles Bickford .... Peyramale Dean of Lourdes
Vincent Price .... Vital Dutour, Imperial Prosecutor
Lee J. Cobb .... Dr. Dozous
Gladys Cooper .... Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
Anne Revere .... Louise Soubirous
Roman Bohnen .... François Soubirous

Comments:
This is a very strong offering from 20th Century Fox. A restored image that still shows some damage, as well as similar flaws in the soundtrack, but overall a very acceptable disc. Great contrast, occasional film grain, sharp. Commentary and host of other Extras. A worthy representation of  a fabulous film.   out of  

 Gary W. Tooze





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Distribution 20th Century Fox  Region 1 - NTSC