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directed by Otto Preminger
USA 1947

 

20th Century Fox and Otto Preminger got the rights and did a fine job in recreating the United Kingdom of the 1660s. Linda Darnell got one of her best roles in her career as Amber, a high spirited and vivacious girl like Scarlett O'Hara, who finds true love, but sacrifices it for ambition.

In class conscious times as those were there were few venues for people to rise, even less if you were a woman. Darnell rises from Newgate Prison to the court of Charles II where she becomes one of Charles's numerous mistresses. Along the way she uses many men, like highwayman John Russell, army captain Glenn Langan, nobleman Richard Haydn and even her own true love nobleman Cornel Wilde with whom she has a son out of wedlock.Presiding over it all is a world weary and cynical George Sanders who plays Charles II.[...]

The most spellbinding performance and so against type is that of Richard Haydn as the elderly rake, Lord Radcliff. He's a widower who's looking for a 17th century trophy wife and finds one in Linda who at the point in time he first meets her is an actress.[...]

Though Forever Amber is a good film, it could have been far better, but for censorship problems. Still it provides Darnell, Sanders, and Haydn with some of their best career parts and is worth seeing.

Excerpt of review from bkoganbing for imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 22 October 1947 (New York City, NY)

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox (Fox Cinema Archives) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 2:18:20
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.98 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 Mono 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2014
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Chapters 14

 

Comments

Forever Amber is a beautiful Technicolor production, directed by Otto Preminger (the original director John M. Stahl was fired), based on the then-popular book by Kathleen Winsor and featuring Oscar-nominated score by David Raksin. Linda Darnell gives one of her best performances as a titular character, a poor country girl in 1660's England rising to riches and power and losing everyone she loves on her way up. Cornel Wilde is fine as Bruce Carlton, her love interest, but a chemistry is missing between the two leads. The film gives us great supporting characters to not miss Carlton for long stretches of time - George Sanders as King Charles II, Richard Haydn as Earl of Radcliffe, Richard Greene as Carlton's friend Lord Harry Almsbury, Glenn Langan as Captain Morgan, John Russell as rogue Black Jack Mallard, Jessica Tandy as Amber's maiden Nan and Anne Revere as Mother Red Cap in the den of thieves.

The film has been missing from the region 1 for a very long time. There was DVD release in Spain back in 2009 and a Blu-ray release in France from Sidonis HERE, in 2012. Unfortunately, both of these releases were from poor sources and one was hoping for a better release in region 1. Alas, there was no new remastering done for this made-on-demand disc. The film would require costly Ultra-Resolution restoration to breathe a new life into technicolor image, like the one Warner done for Gone with the Wind - the film Forever Amber is often compared to. As it stands now, the image is muted and some scenes are misaligned as can be seen in capture 3. There is very little damage on the print itself and comparing to some early efforts from Fox's Cinema Archives, this is step up, but sill nothing close to highly recommended releases from 20th Century Fox Home Video of 7 years ago, like Tyrone Power Collection. 2-channel Dolby Mono soundtrack is fine, no English subtitles or captions are provided and there are no extras added for this disc. The film itself is highly recommended, but the recommendation for the lackluster release from 20th Century Fox comes with some reservations.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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