Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by director Michael Powell and Martin Scorsese, a half hour documentary on award winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, production stills, and the original theatrical trailer. This is yet another example of the outstanding discs released by Criterion.
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Stunning new digital transfer created with the participation of cinematographer Jack Cardiff; audio commentary with Michael Powell and Martin Scorsese; Craig McCall's documentary on cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Painting with Light; rare production stills
Chapters 0. Chapters 1. Credits [2:18] 2. Calcutta [1:54] 3. The Palace of Mopu [2:05] 4. The General's announcement [4:58] 5. Sisters are chosen [2:47] 6. A new home at St. Faith [4:48] 7. "You must be Mr. Dean" [2:44] 8. Drumsi in the night [2:54] 9. Life at St. Faith [5:26] 10. Kanchi arrives [4:43] 11. The sisters remember [5:29] 12. The Young General [4:13] 13. The Holy Man [2:38] 14. The scent of Black Narcissus [4:26] 15. Christmas at St. Faith [5:10] 16. Sister Clodagh confronts Sister Ruth [3:27] 17. The Young General's gift [3:18] 18. Flowers, not vegetables [3:29] 19. A child's sickness [4:31] 20. Advice from Mr. Dean [3:28] 21. Sister Clodagh's confession [3:55] 22. A sister escapes [6:22] 23. Breakdown [4:22] 24. Struggle at the belltower [5:37] 25. The Young General's secret [2:04] 26. Farewell [3:19]
Side #1 Play The Movie Commentary Disney's Influence Overt Sensuality A Wonderful Exercise May Hallatt and David Farrar Teamwork Studio vs. Location Actors and the War Praise for the Art Department Deborah Kerr/Rumer Godden Ophelia and Kanchi Flashback Sequence Sabu and Theif of Baghdad Leonardslee, the Garden The King of Comedy Working with Brian Easdale Kathleen Byron "A Simple Color Shot" Jack Cardiff and Alfred Junge "We Were Our Own Bosses" Farrar Could've Been A Great Star Words, Action and Music A Disney-and-Horror Film Rear Window Effect Timing Is Everything Sabu's Grace The Big Screen Painting with Light Photo Archive Production Stills Behind-the-Scenes Deleted Shots Theatrical Trailer Color Bars
Black Narcissus 4.2 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
A new and technically improved version of the film I did see as a university student. The photography is excellent. The sets and the acting are superior. This film provides a visual and intellectual experience much more above some of the modern noisy box office million getters that are not more than simple money makers.