directed by Charles Vidor
USA 1957

 

  Ernest Hemingway's celebrated novel about a young lieutenant and an English nurse who fall in love during World War I is brought to the screen with David O. Selznick's usual grandeur. This would be Selznick's final film production basically due to the fact that the A Farewell To Arms was a commercial and critical bomb. It would also prove to be a severe set back to Jennifer Jones' career.

A Farewell To Arms had previously been filmed back in 1932 with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. That version was a very tame affair compared to this one. It stuck mainly to the love story, stayed under 90 minutes long and was a great success. Selznick had greater plans for the remake. He was still trying to out-do Gone With The Wind but A Farewell To Arms would prove to be the least successful of his entire career.

It is evident from the sweeping credits (like Gone With The Wind) that Selznick is attempting to present another fabulous epic film. The ensuing feature runs 152 minutes and does contain some impressive large scale sequences such as the men marching up the Alps to war. The photography is exquisite with beautiful color and filming on location (especially the Switzerland scenes) certainly resulted in some fabulous scenes.

Excerpt from Jennifer Jones a Tribute review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 14th, 1957

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Distribution Fox Home Entertainment  - Region 1 - NTSC
The Fox edition is also available in The Hemingway Classics Collection which includes - The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Under My Skin and Adventures of a Young Man here:

         

Runtime 2:31:55 
Video 2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.92 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 1.0) DUBS: French + Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
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Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

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Original aspect Ratio 2.34:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:31)
• Movie-Tone News (3 features of less than 1 minute each)

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2005

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Chapters: 24

 

 

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This image is anamorphic at approx. 2.35:1 and is progressively transferred. Black levels are very strong and at times the picture quality is a little soft and colors look pasty. It does tend to look heavy at times too, but overall it is weak but acceptable. Included with the optional English, French and Spanish subtitles are monaural audio with DUBs of the last two.

Extras include a trailer and some Fox Movie-Tone news clips at the time of release. Fox is seen as doing adequate DVD production, rarely stellar and rarely any flops. This again is middle of the pack and we aren't complaining too much.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

 



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