The film receives a dense and gorgeous Criterion transfer that allows its amazing aesthetic complexity to reach full ghostly bloom.
This unusually optimistic, and unsatisfying, John Huston film receives competent, not especially memorable treatment from Twilight Time.
Among the finest films ever made, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is also one of Criterion’s best Blu-rays to date.
The putative cynicism and psychological barbarism of the film appears especially odd when considered as a follow-up to the superstitious, rural romance of I Know Where I’m Going!
Superficial qualities aside, the movies are entirely the same, even line for line in many cases.
McCarey’s use of the CinemaScope format for both visual gags and melancholy interactions is richly captured in the sterling DVD transfer, with the colors in Milton Krasner’s cinematography especially crisp. The sound is just as accomplished.
For cinephiles, the career of Preminger is their oyster. Bonjour Tristesse is the pearl.