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George Bernard Shaw On Film
(Eclipse Series 20)
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 121 Minutes (Major Barbara), 128 Minutes (Caesar and Cleopatra), 98 Minutes (Androcles and The Lion)
Screenplays by: George Bernard Shaw
Retail Price: $44.95
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, Mono, English Subtitles,
Chapter Stops (14 Chapters), Three-Disc Set
Released: February 23rd,
three movies in this collection — "Major Barbara," "Caesar and
Cleopatra," and "Androcles and The Lion" — are presented in 1.33:1 full
screen. The first and third are in black and white; the second in
color. For the most part, these transfers are decent. They are cleaned
up, but these are not grand restorations. The movies are quite
watchable, and the basic elements are in good shape. Detail, while not
overly superb, is more refined than I expected. The colors don't pop in
"Caesar and Cleopatra," but are filled in well enough and don't smear.
(The fleshtones in the movie are a bit off, though.) Otherwise, all the
movies suffer from the same flaws: they are pretty grainy, have plenty
of scratches and blemishes, and are on the soft and faded side. Nothing
eye-popping here, but all things considered, they are good for what
is not too much to say here. All the films have Mono tracks, where
dialogue is always audible and everything comes through well for the
most part. Cackles and sound flaws can be noticed, and on "Androcles
and The Lion," I found the sound to be especially tinny and a bit
muffled. Still, given what the movies are, they're good enough.
English subtitles are included.
Nothing. However, film historian Bruce Eder provides nice notes within the keepcases for each movie.
continues their stellar Eclipse Series with this intriguing collection,
highlighting famed playwright George Bernard Shaw's film work. It is
nice to have these adaptations collected, even if the movies are not
that engaging. Still, I am sure there are those fans of the writer who
will want to see these, and I imagine some of those fans will want to
compare his original work to his screen adaptations. The films look and
sound decent all things considering, but really, this collection should
be for Shaw buffs and classic film fans.