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directed by Otto Preminger
USA 1947

 

Otto Preminger’s lush adaptation of Kathleen Winsor’s controversial best-selling novel, Forever Amber (1947) tells the notorious tale of Amber St. Clare (Linda Darnell), an opportunistic wench who, hopping from bed to bed, rises to become the mistress of the roguish King Charles II (George Sanders). Meanwhile, she can only briefly hold on to her true love, the cavalier Bruce Carlton (Cornel Wilde), although she tries her best, through the traumas of bubonic plague and the Great Fire of London. Juicy melodrama, beautifully shot by Leon Shamroy and featuring a stunning score by the one and only David Raksin.

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

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Comparison: 

20th Century Fox (Fox Cinema Archives) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the DVD Review!

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2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 0 - NTSC

Twilight Time
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:18:20 2:18:32.345
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.98 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,725,039,081 bytes

Feature: 37,178,836,992 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio Dolby Digital Mono 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1772 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1772 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1946 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1946 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2014
Keepcase

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

 

Aspect Ratio: 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,725,039,081 bytes

Feature: 37,178,836,992 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Isolated Music Track
• Linda Darnell: Hollywood’s Fallen Angel

• Julie Kirgo liner notes

• Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
 

Blu-ray Release Date: January, 2018
Transparent
Blu-ray case

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region 'A' Blu-ray January 2018': Twilight Time's new Blu-ray shows the film's Technicolor to a much higher degree - skin tones warm and colors carry a pleasing glow. It looks quite superior to the SD, as the matched captures bear out. It is thick and film-like - a shade flat but no doubt far closer to the original presentation.

Twilight Time use a DTS-HD Master for the audio and it strongly benefits the score is by David Raksin (The Day After, Separate Tables, Laura, Bigger Than Life, The Big Combo) also available as an isolated option. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE - limited to 3,000 copies.

Extras include the 'AE Biography' episode; Linda Darnell: Hollywood’s Fallen Angel directed by Hillary Atkin and hosted by Peter Graves. It runs almost 3/4 of an hour. There are also liner notes by Julie Kirgo.

Very good film - historical-adventure-romance... Linda Darnell is grand and the Technicolor is addictive. I thoroughly enjoyed my viewing and can recommend to those keen on vintage era dramas. This one stands out with melodrama, score, Amber St. Clair's personality, Preminger helming... sweet.

***

ON THE DVD: 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 (non-removable subtitles). 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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Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 0 - NTSC

Twilight Time
Region FREE - Blu-ray

 




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