Apr 182016
 

Julia (1977) is a well made period drama featuring strong performances by Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, along with Jason Robards well. This “Limited Edition” Blu-ray released by Twilight Time isn’t exceptional yet the video and audio transfers are both well done and the new commentary with Fonda is interesting.

 

 

 

 

Julia
— The Limited Edition Series —
(1977)

Genre(s): Genres
Twilight Time | PG – 118 min. – $29.95 | April 12, 2016

Date Published: 04/18/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Fred Zinnemann
Writer(s): Lillian Hellman (story), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Rosemary Murphy, Maximilian Schell
DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 30.7 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Adapted by Alvin Sargent from a chapter in Lillian Hellman’s “memoir”, ‘Pentimento’, and directed by Fred Zinnemann, Julia centers on the famously flinty Hellman (JANE FONDA) and her childhood friend, Julia (VANESSA REDGRAVE), a young woman from a wealthy upper-crust American family who becomes a ferocious anti-Fascist in Europe during the prelude to World War II. The film also stars Jason Robards who took home the Oscar for his portrayal as Hellman’s tough lover, the writer Dashiell Hammett, and Maximilian Schell as a deceptively mild-mannered resistance member.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5


Not much was included though we get the usual 6-page booklet, a new Audio Commentary with Actress Jane Fonda and Film Historian Nick Redman, and the film’s Original Theatrical Trailer (2:42; SD).

 


VIDEO – 4.25/5


Julia debuts on Blu-ray through Twilight Time. Presented in its original theatrical 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio, the picture doesn’t look too bad; detail is fairly sharp and there were no major instances of artifacts or aliasing, though I did notice some specs. Colors aren’t terrible vibrant but it is in keeping with the historical time period the film is set in.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc comes with a basic but effective DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track which, for a film that’s more drama than action, is more than enough. Dialogue levels sound crisp and clean throughout and when the score kicks in, as well as ambient noise, there’s some OK depth coming from the singular channel.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, Julia (1977) is a well made period drama featuring strong performances by Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, along with Jason Robards well. This “Limited Edition” Blu-ray released by Twilight Time isn’t exceptional yet the video and audio transfers are both well done and the new commentary with Fonda is interesting.

 

 

 

 

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