The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a fantastic drama featuring Maggie Smith who shows why she received her Academy Award for Best Actress. It’s an amazing performance to go along with the supporting cast including Celia Johnson, Pamela Franklin and Robert Stephens.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Twilight Time | PG – 116 min. – $29.95 | December 9, 2014
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie centers on an eponymous 1930s-era Edinburgh schoolteacher: Miss Brodie (MAGGIE SMITH) would rather instruct her favorites in the passions and profundities of “Life” — a tendency that is beginning to get her in trouble with her school’s stern headmistress (CELIA JOHNSON). Further difficulties are presented by Miss B’s fascist politics and unconventional relationships with a pair of colleagues: the kindly Mr. Lowther (GORDON JACKSON) and the far more devilish Mr. Lloyd (ROBERT STEPHENS).
The film is an adaptation of a play by Jay Presson Allen (who wrote the screenplay) and based on the novel by Muriel Spark; directed by Ronald Neame.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5
Along with the 6-page essay booklet, the only feature included is a Feature Commentary with director Ronald Neame and Actress Pamela Franklin.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Twilight Time releases The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. While not an incredible looking film, considering its 45 year age, it’s not a bad transfer with good coloring and decent detail levels throughout, though close-ups tend to be better than background which is a bit softer.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
The DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track isn’t anything profound but gets the job done. Dialogue tends to sound crisp and clear and the music by Rod McKuen comes through with fine precision making the most out of the limited number of channels.
OVERALL – 3.75/5
Overall, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a fantastic drama featuring Maggie Smith who shows why she received her Academy Award for Best Actress. It’s an amazing performance to go along with the supporting cast including Celia Johnson, Pamela Franklin and Robert Stephens. For any fans of this film, it’s well worth the purchase price for a solid upgrade for the video and audio transfers.