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directed by Charles Vidor
USA 19
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Grace Kelly is gloriously, glamorously regal in this retelling of Ferenc Molnar’s romantic fable about a shy princess whose head tells her to wed a worldly Crown Prince (Alec Guinness), but whose heart is drawn to a dashing commoner (Louis Jourdan). Garbed in dreamy Helen Rose gowns, surrounded by Mittel-European opulence, the leading lady dances, duels, flirts, falls in love and makes even the most jaded moviegoer want to believe in fairy tales. And just to prove that fairy tales can come true, Kelly became a real-life princess as The Swan went into release, marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco in a magnificent royal wedding that captured the world’s imagination.

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Theatrical Release: April 18th, 1956

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

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:47:56
Video

2.5:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.5 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 Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.50:1

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DVD Release Date: October 26th, 2010
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The Ferenc Molnar play produces a pleasant fable and with Kelly as Princess Alexandra it seems all the more real. Great performances, described as 'masterpiece of the designers' and the costumers' work'  The Swan positions us to the classic royal lifestyles - and unnecessary marital conventions.

It's a consistent dual-layered and progressive transfer in the impressive 2.5 aspect ratio and looks very pleasing. This is labeled under the Warner's new "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and the image is clean, clear and has decent, if probably slightly faded, colors. Contrast is stable and the image has a nice, thick, film-like appearance. The disc supports the film with a fine transfer.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The are no supplements - not even a trailer.

It's a simple, frequently told, story but Grace Kelly's version is considered by many to be the definitive. Her legion of fans shouldn't hesitate.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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