A Patch of Blue

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Guy Green's A Patch Of Blue comes to DVD in a beautifully transferred edition that treats this movie with the care and dignity it has always deserved. The film is presented in a nicely muted black-and-white that recalls the original theatrical release better than any prior home viewing edition, letterboxed to its original 2.35-to-1 aspect ratio -- those of us who have only ever seen A Patch Of Blue in full-screen, pan-and-scan format on broadcast television will find the widescreen presentation a revelation, ...
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Guy Green's A Patch Of Blue comes to DVD in a beautifully transferred edition that treats this movie with the care and dignity it has always deserved. The film is presented in a nicely muted black-and-white that recalls the original theatrical release better than any prior home viewing edition, letterboxed to its original 2.35-to-1 aspect ratio -- those of us who have only ever seen A Patch Of Blue in full-screen, pan-and-scan format on broadcast television will find the widescreen presentation a revelation, properly presenting the true framing of the images as well as the authentic texture of Robert Burks' cinematography. The audio has also been handled extremely well, mastered at a good volume level and very sharply, which not only brings out the best nuances of the dialogue but also the delicacy of Jerry Goldsmith's score. The 105 minute movie is accompanied by a very fine narrative track recorded by director Guy Green, whose recollections freely range from the personal to the technical, but are always right on the money, going from point to point as the film unspools. This was Green's most personal project, which he co-scripted as well as co-produced, in addition to directing, and he remembers everyimportant detail of its production in vivid detail. Among his other recollections, he points out that, had it not been for some reticence over elements of the script, A Patch Of Blue could easily have had Hayley Mills in the role of Selina D'Arcey -- she was the first choice and probably would have been wonderful in the role, but if she'd done it A Patch Of Blue would today be remembered as a "Hayley Mills movie"; Elizabeth Hartman was even better in the part, however, and her presence allowed the movie to be taken on its own terms. He also goes into some detail about the studio's ambivalence about the project, and the fact that MGM was glad to be making a movie starring Sidney Poitier, but the studio also had major problems with the film's subject matter; and apart from racial politics, studio politics made the movie's fate very uncertain, as MGM was pushing the infinitely more expensive Dr. Zhivago (ironically, made by Green's friend and one-time mentor David Lean) for the Academy Awards, only to see A Patch Of Blue take six nominations and win for Best Supporting Actress (for Shelley Winters. There is also an on-screen career tribute to Sidney Poitier, an extended array of behind-the-scenes stills and an archive of feature articles about the movie, as well as the original trailer. The 105 minute film has been given a generous 29 chapters, and all of the features are easily accessible through a simple double-layered menu.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length commentary by director Guy Green; Stills gallery; Sidney Poitier: The Legacy essay; Interactive menus; Awards notes; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • UPC: 012569536326
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:06]
2. Always in the Dark [3:47]
3. Dreaming Tree [4:38]
4. Sounding Tall and Sure [3:18]
5. When I Was 5 [2:12]
6. Magic Sunglasses [3:53]
7. Fall of Darkness [2:53]
8. Wrath of Rose-Ann [4:04]
9. Walking to Lunch [5:20]
10. Tolerance [5:13]
11. Sadie [1:46]
12. Marketing Day [5:33]
13. Just a Friend [4:26]
14. Experience [4:28]
15. Forgotten in the Rain [5:35]
16. Late Escort [2:10]
17. Through With the Park [4:22]
18. Alone on the Street [4:37]
19. Blind Rage [3:32]
20. Things Change [5:05]
21. Knowing the Score [2:49]
22. Learning to Dial [1:31]
23. Family Battle [2:52]
24. Too Old to Clean Up [2:56]
25. Selina Flees [3:29]
26. That's My Daughter! [4:31]
27. Beautiful [4:20]
28. Goodbye [2:35]
29. Cast List [:57]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Writer-Director Guy Green
      Sidney Poitier - The Legacy
      Stills Gallery
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast & Crew
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Also great score by Jerry Goldsmith

    This was one of my favorite movies of the late 60s, and actually opened my eyes to the realities of racism but without undue didacticism. I think the black & white format perhaps has kept it off tv I have never seen it on TV or cable. I will put it on my XMas wish list & look forward to seeing it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oak Flats

    our class at Oak Flats High School is reading this book 'A Patch Of Blue' and everyone is finding it an enjoyable book to read and I would recomend it to alll types of readers. we are going to be watching the movie in the next few days and i cant wait!

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