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Children of Divorce [Blu-ray]
(Frank Lloyd, Josef von Sternberg (uncredited), 1927)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation / Paramount Pictures
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,867,907,164 bytes
Feature Size: 17,674,933,824 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: December 13th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
• "Clara Bow: Discovering the 'It' Girl" -
Narrated by Courtney Love, this hour-long film documents the
life of the woman who would become the icon of the flapper
era, from her tragic childhood to her tumultuous personal
life as Hollywood's first sex symbol (1:02:07)
Second disc DVD
Description: Almost 15 years after the release of its first
publication, Flicker Alley, in partnership with the
Blackhawk Films® Collection, is proud to celebrate 50
fully-published titles with the Blu-ray/DVD world premiere
of Children of Divorce, starring Clara Bow and Gary
The story at the core of Children of Divorce is textbook melodrama, directed with workmanlike verve by Frank Lloyd (and an uncredited Josef von Sternberg), but without the hallmark of a distinct directorial presence. All the better, perhaps, as this allows Bow’s presence to retain center stage, as dutiful medium shots and a handful of tracking shots capture her performance at the expense of cinematographic panache. Lloyd does get in some cute touches, though; when Kitty and Jean walk arm in arm as adults, the scene momentarily dissolves to them as children, sauntering in the same position. Lloyd pinpoints time’s passage as a facet of personality, so that Kitty and Jean’s eventual rift over Ted is consistently deepened by the prior, visual suggestion of their partnership. One would not be remiss to read a lesbian subtext into the film, especially during the prologue, in which little Kitty asks Jean and Ted, who’ve just sworn to marry one another when they’re older: “Who will marry me?” It’s Jean, not Ted, who subsequently comes to comfort her.Excerpt from SlantMagazine located HERE
Although there are a number of scenes in "Children of Divorce," the
current film attraction at the Rialto, which are cleverly directed, the
narrative as a whole is sluggish and somewhat unconvincing at important
junctures. But in spite of its tendency to ramble this film succeeds in
holding the attention, thanks to the excellent lighting effects and to
the presence of Esther Ralston and Clara Bow.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Children of Divorce comes to Blu-ray from Flicker Alley with a remarkably clean and strong image quality. I never found any notable damage and hardly any speckles in the 1080P, single-layered, transfer. Grain textures are consistent. The image is quite light but contrast has some appealing layering exporting impressive detail considering the film's age - certainly better than the greenish/sepia cover might indicate. This Blu-ray appearance is devoid of many of the imperfections we have seen from similar era HD transfers. I think most will be very appreciative of the presentation.
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Flicker Alley use a linear PCM 2.0 channel (24-bit). The presentation uses a new score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and it sounds as strong as the video - beautiful depth noted in the violin strings. The Inter-title cards are original English. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Supplements include the hour-long "Clara Bow: Discovering the 'It' Girl". It documents the life of the woman who would become the icon of the flapper era, from her tragic childhood to her tumultuous personal life as Hollywood's first sex symbol. The package contains a souvenir booklet featuring rare photographs; an essay by film preservationist and Clara Bow biographer David Stenn; notes on the production of the documentary by producer-director Hugh Munro Neely; and a brief write-up about the music by Rodney Sauer, score compiler and director of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. There is a second disc DVD included.
January 5th, 2017
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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