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directed by Henry King
USA
1943

There is a kind of sentiment expressed in the conclusion of Henry King's "The Song of Bernadette" that human suffering is a somehow co-related to spiritual enlightenment. This is not particularly a unheard of revelation, but it did seem slightly "out of the blue" for the wonderful pace and themes of the film. Other than that I judge this to be quite a masterpiece. Character development was quite minimized and you wonder where the 156 minutes went to its flies by so hurriedly. I was quite moved by Jennifer Jones performance and it is probably what she is best remembered for. I was reminded of other strongly spiritual films like "Ordet" (Dryer) and "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (Pasolini). I recommend this film very highly out of .

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Theatrical Release: December 25th, 1943 - Los Angeles

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Runtime 2:37:40 2:37:53.005
Video 1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 46,117,498,413 bytes

Feature Size: 45,404,123,136 bytes

Average Bitrate: 32.95 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1065 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1065 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1906 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1906 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Edward Z. Epstein (author of Portrait of Jennifer: A Biography of Jennifer Jones), John Burlingame (biographer of Alfred Newman), and biographer-historian Donald Spoto
• Unrestored theatrical trailer (1:28) and 7 other Fox Titles
• "Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady" from A&E's Biography (44:24)
• Movietone newsreel (American GIs award Jennifer Jones) (:57)
• Restoration comparison (3:34)

DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

1.33:1 aspect ratio

Disc Size: 46,117,498,413 bytes

Feature Size: 45,404,123,136 bytes

Average Bitrate: 32.95 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Jon Burlingame, Edward Z. Epstein and Donald Spoto

• Restoration Comparison (3:32)

• Play film with Overture (6:55)

Isolated Score track
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:53)

Liner Notes by Julie Kirgo

Limited to 3,000 copies!

Blu-ray Release Date:
March 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time Blu-ray - June 14': More solid work from Twilight Time - a dual-layered transfer with a very high bitrate for the 2.5 hour film. There is more information in the frame as compared to the 2003 DVD - on all 4 edges but notably at the top and bottom (NOTE: the DVD does look a shade vertically stretched - thinner faces). I was impressed by the SD, but this 1080P advances with more layered contrast and the high resolution brings out the film's textures. The source still has some light scratches and marks, but they are not intrusive, IMO.

Included is an authentic DTS-HD Master mono track at 1065 kbps. It sounds clean, consistent and flat with the depth prevalent in the noble score by Alfred Newman (The Diary of Anne Frank, Bus Stop, Blood and Sand, A Letter to Three Wives, Panic in the Streets etc.) sounding majestic and brilliant (it is also offered as an isolated score). There are optional English subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc, playable world-wide.

Extras mimic some of the Fox SD, including the informative commentary, restoration comparison and trailer but Twilight Time add the option to play the film starting with the 7-minute Overture, the aforementioned isolated score and the package, limited to 3,000 copies, has some liner notes by Julie Kirgo.

This is a great, inspirational, classic with beautiful music and a fascinating story. The BD is worthy of an upgrade and I doubt it will look or sound much better. Recommended!

 

ON THE DVD: This is a very strong offering from 20th Century Fox. A restored image that still shows some damage, as well as similar flaws in the soundtrack, but overall a very acceptable disc. Great contrast, occasional film grain, sharp. Commentary and host of other Extras. A worthy representation of  a fabulous film. 

 Gary W. Tooze


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