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(aka "Saint Joan")

 

directed by Otto Preminger
USA, UK 1957

 

“The story of Joan of Arc,” historian Andre Maurois wrote, “is at once the most amazing miracle in history and the most logical sequence of political acts.” But the church court trying the teenage girl saw neither divine intervention nor uncommon acumen in her astonishing triumphs. It saw heresy – and death by fire. Seventeen-year-old Jean Seberg plays the visionary Maid of Orleans in Otto Preminger’s production of Saint Joan, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play by Graham Greene and cast with a company of bravura talents. Richard Widmark turns his tough-guy persona on its head to play a Dauphin more court jester than future king. And stately John Gielgud is the English commander who scoffs: “The angels may be on the side of the church – but I have 800 soldiers.”

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Theatrical Release: 8 May 1957 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:50:40
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.86 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: March, 2010
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

It's unfortunate such name director as Otto Preminger gets two of his films released in Warner Archive collection instead of getting proper treatments (The Moon Is Blue being another one). Good news is that this is a very strong progressive and anamorphic transfer, beautifully restored with very little damage. Mono sound is also fine. There are no extras, not even a trailer, and per Warner Archive Collection standards, no subtitles or closed captioning is available.

Here's a little extra found on YouTube HERE -  - Preminger introduces Jean Seberg and HERE - French interview with Jean Seberg covering Saint Joan and its critical response (subtitled in English)

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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