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Tom Jones

Tony Richardson

 
Tom Jones (Criterion Blu-Ray)

27 Feb 2018

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 1963
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #910

In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful territory than the gritty realism of the movement they’d helped establish. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding’s canonical eighteenth-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining performance), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England’s rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.

Cast

Tom JonesAlbert Finney
Sophie WesternSusannah York
Squire WesternHugh Griffith
Miss WesternEdith Evans
Lady BellastonJoan Greenwood
Molly SeagrimDiane Cilento
Squire AllworthyGeorge Devine
Lord FellamarDavid Tomlinson
Mrs. WilkinsAngela Baddeley
Landlady, George InnAvis Bunnage
ThwackumPeter Bull
Mr. FitzpatrickGeorge A. Cooper
LieutenantMark Dignam
Bridget AllworthyRachel Kempson
Mrs. FitzpatrickRosalind Knight
Black GeorgeWilfrid Lawson
Mr. SquareJohn Moffatt
Susan, Upton InnLynn Redgrave
Jenny Jones/Mrs. WatersJoyce Redman
BlifilDavid Warner
Narration spoken byMicheál MacLiammóir

Credits

DirectorTony Richardson
Produced byTony Richardson
Screenplay byJohn Osborne
Based on the novel byHenry Fielding
Director of photographyWalter Lassally
Music composed and conducted byJohn Addison
Music played bySinfonia of London
Production designerRalph Brinton
Color consultantJocelyn Herbert
Art directorTed Marshall
Film editorAntony Gibbs
Camera operatorDesmond Davis

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director’s cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • New program on the film’s cinematography featuring Lassally
  • New interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie’s impact on British cinema
  • Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
  • New interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on her former husband, director Tony Richardson
  • Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
  • New interview with the editor of the director’s cut, Robert Lambert
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard

    Illustration by Richard Haines

Film Essays

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Tom Jones: Tomorrow Do Thy Worst

By Neil Sinyard February 27, 2018

Director Tony Richardson refracts the bawdy spirit of the 1960s through this brilliantly distilled take on an eighteenth-century picaresque. Read more »

Video

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A Touch of Modernity in Tom Jones

March 06, 2018

Scholar Donald Petrie delves into how inspired choices in casting and cinematography gave Tony Richardson’s Oscar-winning period comedy its modern sensibility. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28736id_533_thumbnail

Tom Jones: Tomorrow Do Thy Worst

By Neil Sinyard February 27, 2018

Director Tony Richardson refracts the bawdy spirit of the 1960s through this brilliantly distilled take on an eighteenth-century picaresque. Read more »


Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: A Spotlight on Restoration in Columbus

February 22, 2018

As part of the fourth annual Cinema Revival, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, will screen our 4K restoration of Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones. Read more »

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Tom Jones (Criterion DVD)

27 Feb 2018

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2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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