Directed by Fred Zinnemann
USA 1959

 

  With few exceptions, of which this overlong and handsome film is one, religion in general and nuns in particular have fared badly in Hollywood, usually through over-reverence. Zinnemann, an intelligent if dullish director, has avoided such obvious pitfalls in this adaptation of a factually based best-seller. The movie is best in the first section, where the Belgian nun (Hepburn) is first confronted by the rigorousness of the order, but when she leaves for the Congo and nursing, contact with the world in the form of a handsome, agnostic doctor (Finch) puts the film on more conventional territory. Stunning Technicolor photography adds luster.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 18th, 1959

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:13:25 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.72 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 3.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 3.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2006

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Chapters: 40

 

 

Comments:

I noticed an inordinate amount of digital noise in about the first 1/5 to 1/4 of the film but it disappeared and the image began looking much better with some sharper scenes mixed in with some that were not quite as tight (Zinnemann occasionally used a soft focus lense). Contrast is very good and the color sequences of the Congo (actually Kisangani, Democratic Republic Of Congo) look excellent. Subtitles and audio are at Warner's high standard of consistency but I am disappointed that the only extra is a trailer as the film is marvelous  and deserved more - one of both Zinnemann and Hepburn's best efforts. I found it an informative and intense expression of the commitment to become a nun. Tag lines describe it as 'The most gripping and dramatic personal story of this decade is on the screen! ' and I have no reason to argue. Strongly recommended!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Also available in the Films of Faith Collection which contains The Nun's Story / The Shoes of the Fisherman and The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (SET REVIEWED HERE):

           

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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