|Women In Love (1969)
|Release Date:||March 4, 2003|
|Running Time:||2 hours 11 minutes|
Widescreen anamorphic format
Commentary by director Ken Russell
Commentary by writer-producer Larry Kramer
Behind the scenes photo gallery
|Video Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
|Subtitles:||English, Spanish, French.
|Casing:||1-Disc Keep Case
Billy Williams's lush photography was nominated for an Oscar. The colors are rich and well saturated. There is no bleeding of colors. Excellent delineation. The brilliance of the transfer is best exemplified by the film's famous, mano-a-mano, nude wrestling match between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed in front of a blazing fireplace.
The sound isn't bad. The DVD includes the original Mono soundtrack. While there is no loss of dialogue, there are some flat, high tones from time to time. The soundtrack is dialogue intensive, so there is nothing to give your home theater system a work out. The music suffers most from the Mono treatment.
Very bland menu design. Easy to navigate, just not much to look at.
I was a bit disappointed in Ken Russell's commentary track. I've been a fan for years. Mr. Russell is very reserved throughout. He does give some insight into several difficult scenes, and some interesting star anecdotes. However, the commentary track spent too much time pointing out the cameos by the children of many crewmembers. That type of commentary track may be interesting for those involved in the film, but film students want to know more about the filmmaking process.
The DVD also includes the original theatrical trailer, an extensive, categorized photo gallery and Sneak Peeks at many other MGM DVDD releases.
"Women in Love" is a great movie by one of the masters of 1960s and 70s filmmaking. Beautiful photography, acting and writing. A must have.