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The World of Henry Orient [Blu-ray]
(George Roy Hill, 1964)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Pan Arts
Video: Twilight Time
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player) Limited to 3,000 Copies!
Disc Size: 30,970,492,491 bytes
Feature Size: 29,644,664,832 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: July, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1067 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1067 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1849 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1849
kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1799 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1799 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• English (SDH), None
•Audio Commentary with Film Historians Jeff Bond, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
• Theatrical Trailer (2:38)
• Isolated Score
• Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Description: Director George Roy Hill’s The World of Henry Orient (1964), adapted from Nora Johnson’s novel by Johnson and her father, Hollywood veteran Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath), is an utterly original comic drama about two Manhattan schoolgirls (fabulous newcomers Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth), both from broken/ breaking homes, who conceive mad crushes on a pompous, ridiculous, deplorably bad pianist, the titular Orient (played with magnificent aplomb by Peter Sellers). As they trail him, with enviable freedom, from one New York haunt to another, they somehow bust up his every romantic intrigue, even as they embark on their own painful growing up. Also starring Angela Lansbury, Paula Prentiss, Tom Bosley, Phyllis Thaxter and Bibi Osterwald, and featuring a superb Elmer Bernstein score, available here as an isolated track.
Decked out with another of his American accents, Peter Sellers plays self-centered concert pianist Henry Orient. While Henry's active libido sends him off on pursuit of married woman Paula Prentiss, a pair of preteen boarding-school chums, played by Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth, worship Orient from afar. The girls' overworked imaginations, manifested in pursuing Orient about and recording their fantasies in their diaries, leads Walker's mom, Angela Lansbury, to conclude that Henry has "had his way" with her underaged daughter. The World of Henry Orient was later musicalized for Broadway as Henry, Sweet Henry.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
The World of Henry Orient had originated as an autobiographical
novel by Nora Johnson, daughter of acclaimed screenwriter Nunnally
Johnson. The younger Johnson had grown up in New York after her parents'
divorce, dreaming of her absent father and hoping that her parents would
get back together. In the novel, Nora's stand-in is Val, a
sophisticated-beyond-her-years girl who forges a fast friendship with
Gil, another girl from a broken home. Together, they develop a mutual
crush on superstar pianist Henry Orient, a character based on
pianist/actor Oscar Levant.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The World of Henry Orient come to Twilight Time Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with a very high bitrate. The visuals are brilliant with deep, rich colors. It looks very impressive in-motion - both tight and film-like. There is detail and texture but the major attribute are the colors. This looks very strong and consistent with no damage or speckles. The Blu-ray image has no real flaws - it gave me a wonderful 1080P presentation with depth.
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The DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono at 1067 kbps does a competent job of exporting the original (Westrex Recording System) film's light sound effect requirements. Prominently is the Elmer Bernstein (Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) score that is augmented with Kenneth Lauber's Henry Orient Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. The orchestrals sound very pleasing hinting at depth. Twilight Time offer an isolated score in a slightly more robust lossless track. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
Another interesting audio commentary addition from Twilight Time with film historians Jeff Bond, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman discussing the film, it's history and performers. There is also a theatrical trailer, the aforementioned isolated score and a liner notes leaflet with some photos and text by Kirgo.
July 29th, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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