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Tender is the Night (1962)

Jennifer Jones , Jason Robards , Henry King  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards, Joan Fontaine, Tom Ewell, Cesare Danova
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ivan Moffat
  • Producers: Henry Weinstein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tender is the Night" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Tender Is The Night is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel about a wealthy but disturbed woman of the 1920s who marries her psychiatrist. As she becomes stronger, he becomes weaker and totally dependent on her emotionally and financially. Presented in 4:3 pan and scan using the highest quality source material available.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This DVD-R March 6, 2013
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This wonderful film has an old transfer - it is Panned and Scanned with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
It is outrageous for Fox Archives to publish this movie without a good widescreen transfer.
Contrast this release with Warner Bros. Archives: I have dozens of their titles, all correctly
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glossy CinemaScope reduced to a 4:3 stream. January 1, 2011
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F. Scott Fitzgerald isn't the best basis for a glossy 50's CinemaScope soap opera, but that doesn't mean you won't get a trashy melodrama that is definitely worth the wallow. Jennifer Jones and Jason Robards almost play themselves here, and the location work is impressive. The sassy and uber sexy Jill St. John is a plum asset, and there is a moody Bernard Herrmann score that's better than the picture. Hardly a waste of time, but sadly, this streaming version is a worthless 4:3, pan-and-scan version, albeit with fine DeLuxe color and the original 4-track stereo mix.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VHS quality - avoid! March 12, 2013
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I wish I had waited to have read the reviews before purchasing this DVD. However, I was excited to finally see it offered and pre-ordered. The quality is akin to an old VHS tape - fuzzy, soft, pan-and-scan and not the wide-screen treatment it deserves. 20th Century Fox ought to be ashamed of themselves for releasing a film like this in such condition. Blah!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical Fox Cinema Archives Widescreen Hatchet Job March 6, 2013
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Once again, a previously-unavailable-on-DVD widescreen movie title is offered for purchase through the Fox Cinema Archives made-on-demand DVD program. And as per usual, it's pan & scan. "Tender is the Night" has a proper aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The vintage poster art on the DVD case even advertises "CINEMASCOPE". And yet, the customer gets a 4:3 (1.33:1) picture, which has 43 percent of every proper frame of the movie chopped off to fill the screen of a television you no longer own, in order to appeal to a very small fraction of the people who would be interested in this product. My question is, why does Fox do this with this program? Is it that widescreen versions of these movies don't exist? Or is it they do exist, but Fox doesn't care enough to bother making them available, and we're just being offered stuff from the old VHS vault, slapped onto DVDs? Either way, this isn't the way the Warner Archive Collection, Sony Choice Collection, or Universal Vault Series treat widescreen MOD releases. And even the defunct MGM Limited Edition MOD program, which had its problems, generally gave widescreen movies a widescreen presentation (although often non-anamorphic). I'd rather these titles don't get released at all, with an explanation that the material wasn't available to produce a sufficient quality DVD presentation, instead of these shoddy releases. I will be returning my copy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Insanity... and they just keep doing it. April 17, 2013
Fox releases DVDs of library titles to Europe taken from widescreen masters, then puts out the same titles domestically in a venue aimed at film buffs... in pan-and-scan??! Is some rampaging idiot in charge of this operation, capriciously alienating the company's target audience by deliberately using the wrong masters, when both are readily available? No excuse for this -- it doesn't cost a penny more to use the correct 'Scope element. And both are just sitting on a shelf, so to speak. "Hmmm," thinks the Fox exec in charge... "Let's give movie fans the wrong version, for the sheer perversity of it! After all, if there's a choice between pleasing your audience or making them hate you because you're so fantastically stupid, it's far more interesting -- and audacious -- to do the latter." Welcome to the 21st Century, folks!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More pan and scan from Fox March 7, 2013
By Hank
I regret to note that this is another pan and scan effort from our friends at Fox.
Please note that I have the Spanish version which is in its origanal 2.35 ratio.
As I have commented before on Fox pan and scan horrors, many are available from Spain
in their original 2.35 ratio.
If you refer to my review under Fraulein, you will find a comprehensive list of Fox
releases available from Spain.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pan and Scan Mess March 24, 2013
Why are the 20th Century Fox releases originally made in CinemaScope released on DVD in Widescreen and the 20th Century Fox releases in the Fox Cinema Archives Collection released in Pan & Scan? This is an insult to the paying public who loves these films and now has the technology to show them in Widescreen and are subject to only the Pan & Scan version. This goes back to the original DVDs of years ago when there were no widescreen TVs. I love these movies and so wanted them in my collection, but I refuse to buy them in this manner. Come on Fox. Do what is right and let us have the films as they were originally seen. Stop insulting us. And PLEASE, public stop buying these Pan & Scan movies to show Fox we want the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to use it on other equipment. May 15, 2013
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I can't use this "download that I own" on my TV, etc. When I buy a disc, I can play it on my other equipment; no so with your "I own it download." My computer is probably my worst picture, both quality and size. Buy it and own it means something different to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars everything went great and on time
Thank you, everything went great and on time.
Published 1 month ago by Marius J. Schenck
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Perfect, just what I wanted, great movie, very happy. Prompt delivery, thanks
Published 1 month ago by Norinne Symon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 1 month ago by Wanda Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A clasic
Published 1 month ago by frank serio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very prompt, book was in gerat shape.
Published 2 months ago by Cris S. Haase
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
So boring that I could not sit through the entire movie.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Minerva
2.0 out of 5 stars Casting Is All
The book can be somewhat confusing and the movie duly clears that up, but the casting of Robards is unfortunate. Our first sight of him is in a bathing suit. Read more
Published 4 months ago by murrie redman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitzgerald's Story overrides the acting.
Beautiful cinematography, costumes, and sets, especially the interior of the French Villa, highlight this 1960's melodrama set in Europe in the 1920's and based upon the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Highlander born!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good love story with sad ending
Good movie, good story.A Dr should not marry is patient. especially a very rich one. Great movie no bad words no xexy scenes just a good story that lets you use your imagination.
Published 12 months ago by Jean Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars F.Scott Fitzgerald at his best !
Captures the time when it was written. Acting was superb in interpreting the nuance of this kind of attachment. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Blanche Kilpatrick
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