Immersed in Blu-ray: Far From the Madding Crowd

With Thomas Vinterberg’s gorgeous Far from the Madding Crowd opening this weekend with Carey Mulligan, we have the arrival of John Schlesinger’s beloved ’67 version on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

After their sensational Darling, Schlesinger, Julie Christie, Alan Bates, and screenwriter Frederic Raphael step out of Swinging London and into Thomas Hardy’s pastoral, 19th century Dorset (shot exquisitely by Nicolas Roeg). Christie plays the beguiling Bathsheba Everdene, who becomes a landowner and remains fiercely independent in her sudden power grab, thus fitting in perfectly with the feminist ’60s.

However,  Bathsheba quickly attracts three very different suitors but manipulates them for her own pleasure: the rogue soldier Frank Troy (Terence Stamp), the rich, removed landowner William Boldwood (Peter Finch), and the rough-hewn shepherd Gabriel Oak (Bates). As always, with Hardy, though, it’s as much about the the landscape as the people, rich in texture and atmosphere. A very melancholy kind of romance.

This is the original international Roadshow Version (with Overture, Entr’acte, and Exit Music), which includes 3 minutes of footage not shown in original domestic theatrical release. SPECIAL FEATURES: Vintage featurette “Location: Far From The Madding Crowd” (1080p HD), Original Theatrical Trailer. 16×9 Widescreen.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech, Trailers

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