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Farewell To Arms, A
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica & Alberto Sordi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include the theatrical trailer and Fox Movietone News, which offers A Farewell to Arms Hollywood Premiere New Year Sensation, Photoplay Magazine Awards, and Meg at the Premiere of A Farewell to Arms.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2227287
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 152
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1957
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/24/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Charles Vidor
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
From the Ernest Hemingway novel and the play by Laurence Stalling's

Story Synopsis:
A Farewell To Arms is based on Ernest Hemingway's romantic tragedy of World War I and the play by Laurence Stallings. After falling in love during the war, American Lieutenant Frederic Henry (Hudson) and English nurse, Catherine Barkley (Jones) are soon separated. But fate brings them together again, only to once again be torn apart. After Frederic deserts his duty and finds his true love yet again, the two escape to Switzerland hoping to find happiness, but what awaits them is nothing but tragedy. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits imagery that is inherently soft, slightly smeared, or downright blurry. Colors are generally well saturated, though fleshtones can appear a bit brownish. Most of what is undesirable about the picture is related to the dated source element, as edge enhancement and pixelization are limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

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