The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Jose Quintero's The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) has been given a handsome film-to-video transfer for the Warner Home Video DVD release -- the non-anamorphic letterboxed (1.85:1) image is beautiful, the Roman settings and Harry Waxman's cinematography captured in glowing terms, and in exceptionally vivid clarity; there are also enhancements for 16 x 9 presentation. The audio is mastered a bit low in volume, but that's solved easily enough, and the movie is genuinely brought to life anew on this disc. The only bonus features are an original trailer, which is window-boxed, and the documentary "Mrs. Stone: Looking for Love in All the Dark Corners." The latter offers good presentation of the background to the movie, by way of Tennessee Williams' life (as presented by biographer Donald Spoto) and the relationship between actors Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty (presented by Beatty biographer Suzanne Finstad) and the roles that they were playing; co-star Jill St. John also makes an appearance in the documentary. The 35 chapters are more than adequate to break down the 104-minute movie. The disc opens to a simple dual-layer menu that is easy to use and offers quick access to the bonus features.