Also available in a Columbia TriStar Double Feature DVD Set containing both the 1954 and 1999 editions.
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
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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I want to see product reviews of home theatre equipment that non-millionaires can afford to own. Reading articles about $50,000 home theatre setups is admittedly rather fun but, in practical terms, the info is really useless to me. While Darling Wife and I make a decent living, there's no way we can spend that kind of money on a home theatre. What I also really like and want to see: Practical advice articles that help people who are at least minimally technically competent to assess their needs and assemble a home theatre. That is, a periodic (yearly? twice yearly?) in-depth look at points to consider and equipment to buy to assemble a good high definition home theatre. Ideally, it would examine several total package price points. If you're willing to spend $10,000, here's what we recommend in terms of equipment and how to connect/install them. If your budget is smaller, here's what we recommend. If your budget is somewhat larger than $10,000, do this instead. Yes, I know you have your reference systems section each month, but an explanatory article would be nice, too. Finally, keep us up-to-date on the development of high definition DVDs and DVD players. This is what I'd like to see.