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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, a movement whose gritty realism they had helped establish, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful narrative territory. 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 turn), 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
Bridget AllworthyRachel Kempson
Mrs. WilkinsAngela Baddeley
Jenny Jones/Mrs. WatersJoyce Redman
Black GeorgeWilfrid Lawson
ThwackumPeter Bull
BlifilDavid Warner
Mrs. FitzpatrickRosalind Knight
Mr. FitzpatrickGeorge A. Cooper
LieutenantMark Dignam
Landlady, George InnAvis Bunnage
Susan, Upton InnLynn Redgrave
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
Played bySinfonia of London
Film editorAntony Gibbs
Production designerRalph Brinton
Color consultantJocelyn Herbert
Art directorTed Marshall
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 a conversation between Lassally and critic Peter Cowie
  • Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
  • New interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on director Tony Richardson, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1967
  • New interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie’s impact on British cinema
  • Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
  • New interview with the director’s-cut editor, Robert Lambert
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Neil Sinyard

    Illustration by Richard Haines

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Tom Jones (Criterion DVD)

27 Feb 2018

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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