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I'll Be Seeing You [Blu-ray]

 

(William Dieterle, 1944)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Dore Schary Productions

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:24:56.174 

Disc Size: 20,861,368,678 bytes

Feature Size: 19,164,327,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.64 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: November 21st, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps)

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• Audio Commentary by Film Historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan

Trailer

 

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Description: Hollywood greats Ginger Rogers (Forever Female), Joseph Cotten (The Third Man) and Shirley Temple (Since You Went Away) top a stellar cast in this tender wartime love story about two troubled strangers who long for a normal life, meet by chance and try to crowd a lifetime of love and laughter into eight days. Studded with brilliant performances, I'll Be Seeing You manages to ambush your emotions and hasten your heartbeats. After serving half of a prison sentence for accidental manslaughter, Mary Marshall (Rogers) is allowed a holiday furlough to visit her family. Keeping her history a secret, she falls in love with a kindhearted G.I. (Cotten) who's struggling to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. This David O. Selznick (Duel in the Sun) holiday classic features stunning cinematography by Tony Gaudio (The Adventures of Robin Hood) in glorious black-and-white and wonderful direction by William Dieterle (Portrait of Jennie).

 

 

The Film:

Ginger Rogers gives a dramatic performance in this moving romantic drama in which a woman named Mary Marshall, who was convicted of manslaughter (she defended herself when her lecherous boss attempted to rape her and she accidentally killed him), is granted a ten-day furlough for Christmas to visit relatives. Once out, she encounters a shell-shocked vet (Joseph Cotten) on leave from the VA psych ward on a train. The unstable vet has been allowed out by his doctors to see if he is ready to function in normal society. At first, the vet is nervous around Mary, but something clicks and she invites him to stay at her house during their respective breaks. Together they attempt to have a happy Christmas while dealing with the vet's problems. At first Mary keeps her own past and troubles to herself, but as they begin falling in love, she decides to tell him the whole story. In this way, the two reconcile their pasts and move closer toward forming a relationship.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

In the principal roles and under the direction of William Dieterle, Joseph Cotten and Ginger Rogers give performances that are excellent. Mr. Cotten, because his role is obviously the more demanding and tenebrous, deserves the highest honors. He plays the shell-shocked veteran with supreme restraint and with a calm and determined independence that beautifully reveals his pain and pride. Miss Rogers is altogether moving as the girl likewise injured by fate, but her role is plainly fashioned for reflection and counterpoint.

Shirley Temple is splendid as the daughter of the house in which the drama is played out, and Spring Byington and Tom Tully are most congenial as a typical Mom and Dad. Mention could be made of two or three fine scenes reflecting a sensible understanding of the soldier's case, and of the whole warming mood of the picture. But you should see it and enjoy them for yourself.

Excerpt from The NY Times located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of I'll Be Seeing You looks excellent 1080P. The grain is fine and consistent. The source is clean, and I noticed no noise - but the highlight is the layered contrast and textures that make for a very film-like appearance. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable, and pleasurable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.

 

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Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1556 kbps in the original English language. There are some aggressive effects in the film - mostly in the flashback battle memories. They sound effectively haunting. The wonderful score by Daniele Amfitheatrof (Edge of Eternity, The Lost Moment, The Desperate Hours, Human Desire, Letter From An Unknown Woman) sounds tight and flat but adds significantly to the small town aura, romance and emotions expressed in the film. The dialogue was always audible. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Another deeply probing audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan who examine the female roles in wartime and those exported by Hollywood, the undercurrent of propaganda, the prevalent agenda supporting patriotism and so much more. Lots to digest! There are also trailers.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I loved I'll Be Seeing You. Cotten is excellent! Two very troubled souls find each other over Christmas in a small town. Wow. The Kino Lorber
Blu-ray has a stimulating commentary and an excellent presentation. Those who liked Since You Went Away will appreciate I'll Be Seeing You. Highly Recommended!  NOTE: At the writing of this review it is 37% OFF at Amazon.

Gary Tooze

November 6th, 2017

 




 

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