Bird of Paradise (The Selznick Collection) [Blu-ray]
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And some of these classics such as "A Star is Born", "Nothing Sacred", "A Farewell to Arms" have been released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Kino Lorber and now, King Vidor's 1932 film "Bird of Paradise" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. This authorized edition from the estate of David O. Selznick is from the collection of the George Eastman House.
"Bird of Paradise" a film adaptation of Richard Walton Tully's successful play.
While King Vidor was known for silent films years prior such as "The Big Parade" (1925), "Bardelys the Magnificent", "The Patsy" (1928), to name a few, "Bird of Paradise" was a romance/adventure film that was a talkie, would incorporate an orchestrated film score courtesy of legendary composer Max Steiner (known for his music in "Casablanca", "Gone with the Wind", "The Gay Divorcee", "Now, Voyager") and a film that would showcase successful Mexican actress Dolores del Rio ("Flying Down to Rio", "The Abandoned") and Joel McCrea ("Sullivan's Travels", "The Most Dangerous Game").
"Bird of Paradise" was an intriguing RKO film for its time as it created some scandal because lead actress Dolores del Rio (playing a Polynesian) was in a scene where she is swimming naked. In fact, throughout the film, she is wearing nothing but a lei covering her upper torso and at the time this film was released, before the Hayes Production Code was enforced.Read more ›
The image quality (if you can call it that) on the Kino Blu-ray is a rain of white marks and the sound is terribly distorted--two indications that the transfer was done from a negative, and not a very clean negative. Thunderbird films made a 16mm negative from the nitrate print years ago and I'll bet it's that negative used for this disc. Kino had obviously transferred sound from negatives for Carnegie Hall and some of the Benchley short films. You'd think they would have learned by now that you can't do that, especially to Max Steiner's magnificent score.
The statement on the package that says, "Mastered in HD from an original nitrate 35mm print, preserved..., etc." cannot be true as read, and the result of the transfer is unwatchable and certainly unlistenable. I have an excellent tape of the entire soundtrack made from a nitrate print 40 years ago. I would try to sync it up if only the picture quality warranted the effort.
And to anyone who excuses it for being an 80-year-old film: Don't! This is not how films looked and sounded 80 years ago and there's no excuse for passing this off as good quality.
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A picture most notable for its beautiful stars: Delores Del Rio and a stunningly handsome Joel McCrae run around with very little on for quite a bit of the film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. FUSCO
A very beautiful & romantic film. It's about a lovely native woman named Luana (Dolores del Rio) and the man that falls in-love with her,
Johnny Baker (Joel McCrea). Read more
not my kind of film old dated back ground more like a travelogePublished 9 months ago by geary wood
This is not the movie I was thinking about very disappointed I have seen one when I was 12 years old it was better than this onePublished 10 months ago by Fishing