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Tom Jones (2-Disc blu-ray set) Directed by Tony Richardson Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Director (Tony Richardson), Best Adapted Screenplay (John Osbourne) and Best Picture, this raucous and innovative adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel is directed with a real sense of adventure. John Osbourne captures the spirit of the novel in his sophisticated screenplay and Albert Finney gives a dashing Oscar nominated performance as the much sought-after Tom Jones, enjoying marvellous support from Joan Greenwood as Lady Bellaston and Susannah York as the wellborn Sophie Western. The BFI is proud to showcase the new 4K digital restorations of not just the theatrical cut but of Tony Richardson's preferred 1989 director's cut, both of which were supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally. Special features Features both the director's cut (1989) and theatrical versions of the film The Guardian Interview: Albert Finney (1982, 35 mins audio only) Vanessa Redgrave on Tony Richardson (2017, 10mins): Vanessa Redgrave discusses Tony Richardson's career in this short interview by the Criterion Collection USSR Today: Meeting to Mark the 200th Anniversary of Henry Fielding (1954, 1 min) George Devine Memorial Play: Luther (Peter Whitehead, 1966, 7 mins) Walter Lassally on Tom Jones (2017, 25 mins): the Oscar winning cinematographer discusses Tom Jones Stills galleries Original trailers Fully illustrated booklet with writing on the film and full film credits UK 1963 colour 128 minutes 2 x BD50 / Region B Cert 12
- Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83 Grams
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Digital
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Bfi
- ASIN : B07D44N5F9
- Number of discs : 2
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Firstly this copy of the DVD, the colours and clarity were both a bit drab, but considering it’s a 50 year old film this may be due to the technology of the time as much as the age of the original. The biggest problem however was the sound which was sort of blurred. To hear it audibly the volume had to be set incredibly high.
Secondly the performances. what man could not but fall in love with Susannah York as heroine Sophie Weston and probably what woman could not but fall in love with Albert Finney’s, roguish hero Tom Jones. In addition were cameo performances by all the great character actors of the day and it is all directed and produced as a great film romp – wonderful. I was also reminded, watching the hunting scenes in the film, of Director Tony Richardson antipathy of blood sports.
Thirdly, although I enjoyed the film immensely, the book is even better, it has so many more twists and turns. It is hard to realise a book written back in the middle of the 18th century can have such a modern feel, the only throwback to being a period novel was the regular use of the colloquial French “la la” for “there, there”. It was also surprising to have so many modern attitudes, although women were still legally chattels of their fathers, guardians or husbands, Henry Fielding had no qualms that they could intellectually surpass men, even at Latin. The story in the book equals any modern day soap opera, with many twists and turns. Surprisingly although all the romps in the film are also in the book they are far more delicately handled in the book.
Summary see the film and then read the book you will enjoy them both.