End of the Affair

End of the Affair

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Cast: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills

     
 

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Love, jealousy, and guilt collide in the original 1955 drama The End of the Affair. Columbia has done a nice job making sure that this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks clear and crisp (with a 1.33:1 full frame version also included on the disc). A few signs of age are present, including some nicks and scratches, though overall this is a very niceSee more details below

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Love, jealousy, and guilt collide in the original 1955 drama The End of the Affair. Columbia has done a nice job making sure that this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks clear and crisp (with a 1.33:1 full frame version also included on the disc). A few signs of age are present, including some nicks and scratches, though overall this is a very nice looking transfer that should please fans. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and sounds very flat and lifeless. This soundtrack is adequate for the film, though it's not very impressive even for a 2.0 mix. Except for a small amount of distortion in the music, this is a very clear and concise sound mix. Also included on this disc are English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai subtitles. The only extra features to be found on this disc is a "making-of" featurette which is sadly for the 1999 remake, a few talent files, and theatrical trailers for the movies Alvarez Kelly, The Caine Mutiny, and the The End of the Affair 1999 remake. Bafflingly, there is no trailer for this original 1955 version. This is a passable, if disappointing, edition of this classic film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Graham Greene novel that is the basis of The End of the Affair is a difficult piece to translate to the screen, dealing as it does with complicated emotions and themes that go down more easily on the page than in the cinema. This version is acceptable, even if many of the complexities of the characters have been lost. Part of this is due to inadequacies in Lenore Coffee's screenplay, which captures the outlines of the novel but not its spirit. However, part of the blame also rests with the film's leading man, Van Johnson, and to a lesser extent with leading lady Deborah Kerr. Johnson is simply miscast; an able but limited actor, Johnson is called upon to portray a character that is simply beyond his ability, and so there is a hollowness to the central relationship in the story. An actress of immense skill, Kerr is much better than Johnson, but she's not at her best here, often pushing and straining for effect rather than letting it come naturally. Much better are Peter Cushing as Kerr's husband, and especially John Mills, who steals much of the film with his enjoyable and enlivening performance. Affair was remade more effectively in 1999.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
UPC:
0043396049505
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Digitally Mastered Audio & Video; Production Notes; Interactive Menus; Audio: English (Mono); Bonus Trailers; Widescreen and Full Screen Presentations; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; 1999 Version Making-Of Featurette; Talent Files; Scene Selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Sarah Miles
Van Johnson Maurice Bendrix
John Mills Albert Parkis
Peter Cushing Henry Miles
Stephen Murray Father Crompton
Nora Swinburne Mrs. Bertram
Charles Goldner Savage
Michael Goodliffe Smythe
Joyce Carey Miss Palmer
Frederick Leister Dr. Collingwood
Elsie Wagstaffe Bendrix's Landlady
Christopher Warbey Lancelot Parkis
Bart Allison Museum Attendant
Edwin Ellis Rescue Worker
Nan Munro Mrs. Tomkins
Stanley Rose Fireman
John Watson Guest
Josephine Wilson Miss Smythe

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Don Ashton Art Director
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
David Lewis Producer
Alan Osbigton Editor
Julia Squire Costumes/Costume Designer
Graham Greene Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:18]
2. The Miles Party [2:12]
3. Interviewing Sarah [5:03]
4. The Drawing Room [5:31]
5. "Do You Remember?" [2:19]
6. Mrs. Tomkins [3:48]
7. Three Days Together [3:07]
8. V1 Rocket [1:23]
9. "You're Alive!" [4:16]
10. Jealousy Turns to Hate [1:27]
11. One Year Later [2:14]
12. The Last to Know [4:23]
13. Mr. Savage [2:39]
14. "What Happened to Us?" [1:48]
15. Albert Parkis [5:45]
16. The Part in Question [4:23]
17. Maurice's Club [2:40]
18. Sarah's Journal [3:19]
19. Prayed Alive [1:36]
20. "I Have Lost Someone." [4:41]
21. Tea With Henry [4:33]
22. Richard Smythe [3:44]
23. Henry Miles, OBE [3:20]
24. Another Promise [10:21]
25. Temptation [5:36]
26. Sarah's Mother [5:46]
27. Life Runs Out [3:26]
28. "Dear Maurice." [1:06]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:18]
2. The Miles Party [2:12]
3. Interviewing Sarah [5:03]
4. The Drawing Room [5:31]
5. "Do You Remember?" [2:19]
6. Mrs. Tomkins [3:48]
7. Three Days Together [3:07]
8. V1 Rocket [1:23]
9. "You're Alive!" [4:16]
10. Jealousy Turns to Hate [1:27]
11. One Year Later [2:14]
12. The Last to Know [4:23]
13. Mr. Savage [2:39]
14. "What Happened to Us?" [1:48]
15. Albert Parkis [5:45]
16. The Part in Question [4:23]
17. Maurice's Club [2:40]
18. Sarah's Journal [3:19]
19. Prayed Alive [1:36]
20. "I Have Lost Someone." [4:41]
21. Tea With Henry [4:33]
22. Richard Smythe [3:44]
23. Henry Miles, OBE [3:20]
24. Another Promise [10:21]
25. Temptation [5:36]
26. Sarah's Mother [5:46]
27. Life Runs Out [3:26]
28. "Dear Maurice." [1:06]

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