Genevieve Blu-ray Review
‘Genevieve’ rolls on to American Region free Blu-ray with a very good looking 1080p VC-1 encoded transfer, framed in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Chris Challis’s Technicolor photography has a wonderfully rosy glow to it and the colours leap off the screen at you. The lush, verdant countryside and the healthy (for a change) skin tones are a joy to behold - and just wait for the autumnal red of the ivy on the wall of the building where Alan & Wendy stop by the stream to get water for the radiator. The image is generally sharp although I thought there was still some red fringing catching my eye, which is more noticeable in some scenes (particularly long shots) than others. This normally points to a problem with alignment of the three strips of film used in the old Technicolor process. It’s all cheerfully well lit though and detail is magnificent. You can see almost every stitch in John Gregson’s knitted jumper or the pattern in Kenny More’s check jacket or Kay Kendall’s fashionable tweedy outfit. I was surprised that film grain wasn’t more noticeable, coming from a 3 strip source, but maybe it has been massaged away with a bit of DNR. All the same, it still looks quite lovely.
The audio on ‘Genevieve’ comes in an LPCM 2.0 mix with the cleaned up original mono duplicated on the left and right tracks. There’s also a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix (why?) which sounded a wee bit muffled so I stuck with the clearer LPCM track for most of the movie. Larry Adler’s harmonica music sounds jovial as the film bowls along. The dialogue is crisp and intelligible with no distortion, but the clarity helps highlight the dubbed shots with the echo from Pinewood’s dubbing theatre being very recognizable. There’s no age related hiss, snap, crackle or pop to spoil this jolly good British romp. A very good representation of the original sound.
‘A Profile of Genevieve’ (SD, 24 mins) - A very worthwhile doco on the making of the film which includes interviews with star Dinah Sheridan, editor Clive Donner, cinematographer Chris Challis and composer Larry Adler. We get some great anecdotes about the director Henry Cornelius, shooting against the British weather as well as other challenges faced by the production.
Photo Gallery - A nice collection of movie posters, studio and location as well as hand coloured Front of House stills from ‘Genevieve’.
That great British veteran car romp ‘Genevieve’ trundles on to American Region free Blu-ray with a very good looking 1080p VC-1 transfer, framed in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Chris Challis’ three strip Technicolor photography delivers rosy skin tones, verdant English countryside and great detail in this very nice encode.
Larry Adler’s harmonica music is the star of the LPCM 2.0 track which carries the cleaned up original mono – although there is an optional (though less punchy) Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix. Dialogue is crisp and clear throughout.
A nice ‘Making of’ documentary and Photo gallery comprise the extras on the disc.
The film itself is a ‘jolly good’ jaunt from London to Brighton and back with two fiercely competitive friendly couples, which simply exudes great period charm. While the real stars are two vintage cars, Kenneth More, John Gregson, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall bicker and provide great amusement for the audience.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.49
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