directed by Mervyn LeRoy
USA 1942

 

  I guess that I could watch films like this for the rest of my life. Considered the 'ultimate tearjerker' Random Harvest directed by Mervyn LeRoy (Waterloo Bridge) builds another of the classic romances to come out of WW2 cinema. the plot reads like a classic tragedy.

Paula Smith (Greer Garson) is the secretary of industrialist Charles Rainier (Ronald Colman). She's also his wife, which Charles does not know. Shell-shocked during World War I, he doesn't recall his days as her husband, John Smith. Advised not to endanger Charles' fragile mental state, Paula cannot openly reveal her identity. She must find other ways to help him remember their life together. From the novel by James Hilton (Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Lost Horizon) comes one of the great sentimental romance movies. Garson's Paula, alongside her same-year triumph as Mrs. Miniver, established her persona as the strong, self-sacrificing wife. A pure masterpiece  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: December 17th, 1942 - New York, New York

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 2:06:20 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 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 Dolby), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette 'Don't Talk' - 4:3 - 21:38
• Featurette 'Marines in the Making' - 4:3 - 9:05
• Lux Radio Broadcast - 55:15
• Trailers for Greer Garson films

   - Random Harvest - 2;14

   - Goodbye Mr. Chips - 4:05

   - Mrs. Miniver - 2;39

DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2005

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Chapters: 30

 

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Another fabulous DVD from Warner - contrast worthy of a Criterion, film grain, relevant extra features, well-appointed subtitles and obvious care and love put into its production. This is perfect and I am so happy that I own this film in such a splendid state. Now they need to get on to doing LeRoy's other classic Waterloo Bridge as well. If this is your type of film, then there is no reason to hesitate.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze





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