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directed by Henry King
USA 1952

 

As writer Harry Street (Gregory Peck) lays gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he feverishly reflects on what he perceives as his failures at love and writing. Through his delirium he recalls his one true love Cynthia Green (Ava Gardner) who he lost by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Though she is dead Cynthia continues to haunt Street's thoughts. In spite of one successful novel after another, Street feels he has compromised his talent to ensure the success of his books, making him a failure in his eyes. His neglected wife Helen (Susan Hayward) tends to his wounds, listens to his ranting, endures his talk of lost loves, and tries to restore in him the will to fight his illness until help arrives. Her devotion to him makes him finally realize that he is not a failure. With his realization of a chance for love and happiness with Helen, he regains his will to live.

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Hemingway's portrait of the artist as a romantic hero provides Twentieth Century-Fox with ample scope to meander from Africa to Paris, Spain and back again, sampling the attractions of Hayward, Gardner and Knef en route. Although Henry King shows some sympathy for these suppliant females, veteran screenwriter Casey Robinson's intelligent, talky adaption finally endorses the great white writer's bullish philosophy: 'Real writing is like a hunt... a life-long safari; and the prey is truth'. Framed as a deathbed reminiscence, the film does tend to ramble, and seems particularly uneven in its mixture of back-projected wildlife footage, studio and location work, while Peck's weighty Harry Street remains resolutely aloof, to the point where he will not deign to expire.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: August 18th, 1952

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Comparison: 

Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

Distribution

Koch Vision

Region 0 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection)

Region 1 - NTSC

Schröder Media

Region FREE - Blu-ray

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 1:53:52 1:53:44 1:53:35.400

Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

576i Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 12,003,091,639 bytes

Feature: 11,562,762,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 13.57 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate : Koch Vision

Bitrate: 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection)

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital  Mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Subtitles None English, Spanish, None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Koch Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Ava Gardner bio (rolling text)

DVD Release Date: October 22nd, 2002
Keep case

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by film historians Patricia King Hanson and  Frank Thompson
• Featurette: The Snows of Zanuck: The Making of Kilimanjaro
• Audio conversation with director Henry King
• 
Audio conversation with writer Casey Robinson
• Restoration comparison
• Original theatrical trailer

Stills Gallery
 

DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2007
Slim Keep Case inside cardboard box

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Schröder Media)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

 

576i Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 12,003,091,639 bytes

Feature: 11,562,762,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 13.57 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Trailer (3:16)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 19th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 1

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Schröder Media - Region FREE Blu-ray - May 2012: Very ugly - pass. They used 576i instead of 1080P - hence ghosting and combing - no lossless sound, pitiful bitrate. Total rip-off - do NOT buy the German Blu-ray.

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One of the more lopsided comparisons in DVDBeaver history (although not at the level of Two Women as another dramatic example of image variance). This, of course, becomes commonplace when titles slip into the Public Domain. Until now there have been no acceptable releases of The Snows Of Kilimanjaro but Fox has righted that wrong with a magnificent and stacked new DVD package. It excels over the Koch in every area - sharpness, color, detail, more information in the frame as well as audio where the Fox gives option for stereo or original mono. The Fox offers optional subtitles in English or Spanish.

The Fox DVD has some excellent supplements including an informative and professional commentary by film historians Patricia King Hanson and Frank Thompson (who has written a book on director Henry King - Henry King Director: From Silents to Scope). They discuss things associated with Hemingway's short story and how the eventual screen play utilizes many aspects of other Hemingway works. It appears as though this film had some trouble hurdling the Hays code at the time with references to multiple marriages etc. It is an evenly paced commentary and the two work well together supporting each other's comments with additional facts. There is a 13 minute featurette entitled The Snows of Zanuck: The Making of Kilimanjaro - it focus on Zanuck and his original Bohemian convictions - rising from nothing to be a powerful mogul. It is quite interesting viewing. Included are a 13 minute audio conversation with director King and another , about 15 minutes, with writer Casey Robinson. There is also a restoration comparison, still gallery and theatrical trailer. There are no liner notes.

It is obvious which edition to choose and I support purchasing the entire Hemingway Collection (which we review in detail). It makes for a substantial savings from buying individually and Fox has done another admirable job with this collection. Recommended.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


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Only 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC has subtitles

 

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Koch Vision (Screen Sirens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Schröder Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Report Card:

 

Image:

Fox

Sound:

Fox

Extras: Fox

 
Box Cover

Distribution

Koch Vision

Region 0 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Hemingway Film Collection)

Region 1 - NTSC

Schröder Media

Region FREE - Blu-ray


 



 

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