directed by Anthony Asquith
UK 1951

Michael Redgrave gives the performance of his career in Anthony Asquith’s adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s unforgettable play. Redgrave portrays Andrew Crocker-Harris, an embittered, middle-aged schoolmaster who begins to feel his life has been a failure. Diminished by poor health, a crumbling marriage, and the derision of his pupils, the once brilliant scholar is compelled to reexamine his life when a young student offers an unexpected gesture of kindness. A heartbreaking story of remorse and atonement, The Browning Version is a classic of British realism and the winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay honors at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.


Theatrical Release: May 15th, 1951

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 294 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:00 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.64 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
• New video interview with Mike Figgis, director of the 1994 remake (19:54)
• Archival interview with Michael Redgrave from 1958 (5:46)
• 8-page liner notes with essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab  

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2005

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Chapters: 17




Magnificent image from Criterion - it is so good that it almost detracts from the film narrative. Sharp detail, sublime contrast, deep black levels and visible grain. Original audio was consistent and subtitles are of Criterion's usual perfection. This package is also stacked with extra features - commentary, a healthy interview with Figgis and an archival blip with Redgrave. The film is a special one and Criterion have done the supreme job in bringing it to DVD. Nothing less than out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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