Jun 052020

Reflections in a Golden Eye debuts on Blu-ray with both a colorized version and a “gold”-hued one as originally director John Huston intended.



Reflections in a Golden Eye
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Warner Archive | NR – 109 min. – $21.99 | April 21, 2020

Date Published: 06/05/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: John Huston
Writer(s): Carson McCullers (novel); Chapman Mortimer and Gladys Hill (screenplay)
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris, Robert Forster

Features: Featurette, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 34.51 GB (Disc 1), 31.85 GB (Disc 2)
Total Bitrate: 38.84 Mbps (Disc 1), 38.92 Mbps (Disc 2)
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando star in this screen version based on the book that crackles with mysterious, exotic energy. They play the Pendertons: He’s a hidebound career officer wrestling with inner demons; she’s a caged lioness needful of love, whatever the source. Their off-kilter relationship plays out under the voyeuristic gaze of a soldier (ROBERT FORSTER) soon to become the focal point of tragedy.



This is a two-disc set comes with Huston’s intended “gold”-hue version as well as the original full-color general theatrical release version. Comparing the two, the former certainly gives is an eerie vibe that the colored one did not.

Included is a Vintage Behind the Scenes Footage (23:09) and the Theatrical Trailer (2:43).


VIDEO – 4.5/5, AUDIO – 4.0/5

As mentioned above, there are two versions of the film included. The first, and the way director John Huston intended, is gold-tinted while a “normal” colored version was released to theaters by the studio. Both of these have been restored and remastered for this release, detail is incredibly sharp with no noticeable defects like dust marks, scratches, etc. Obviously the “colorized” one does have a boost with those colors which do look great but considering Huston directed with the golden hue in mind, this is the one I focused on. As such, the natural film grain and noise has been retained and that golden tint is quite striking.

The film comes with the standard, for these older Warner Archive films, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. As with the picture, this too is impressive. Dialogue of course comes through with good clarity and there I didn’t detect any significant pops or hisses; rather impressive for a film going on 50+ years old.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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