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End Of The Affair, The

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 49 (June 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills & Peter Cushing

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 1
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Special Features
Includes a making-of featurette for the 1999 remake, biographies, and bonus trailers for Alvarez Kelly and The Caine Mutiny.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 04950
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1954
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/16/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Edward Dmytryk
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Special Notes:
Also available in a Columbia TriStar Double Feature DVD Set containing both the 1954 and 1999 editions.

Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Graham Greene, The End Of The Affair takes us to England during the start of the Second World War. Sarah Miles is restless and bored in her stodgy marriage to Henry Miles, a British civil servant, so when he introduces her to Maurice Bendrix (Johnson), an American writer, she can barely hide her infatuation. So when Bendrix (the cad!) makes romantic advances to Sarah, she melts into his arms. But suddenly...Sarah ends the affair! Maurice is deeply wounded and hires a private eye to find out if Sarah a callous floozy or a deeply sensitive woman? A classic tearjerker...don

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD black-and-white picture is riddled with source element artifacts and scratches, but otherwise the picture looks just fine for its age. The gray scale is nicely balanced with generally deep blacks. Images are nicely detailed, though overall, the picture is slightly soft. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered, as is contrast. There are no major distractions, for a picture that should surely please. Film grain is revealed throughout, but never seems excessive or bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

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