Nov 172020

Tennessee Johnson debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection and stars Van Heflin as President Andrew Jackson and Ruth Hussey as Jackson’s wife, Eliza.



Tennessee Johnson
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama, Biography
Warner Archive | NR – 103 min. – $21.99 | November 10, 2020

Date Published: 11/17/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: William Dieterle
Writer(s): John L. Balderston and Wells Root (screenplay)
Cast: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Regis Toomey

Features: Radio Broadcast, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 41.14 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.73 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



This biopic focuses on Andrew Johnson, the first American president to be impeached. Initially an uneducated drifter who stumbles upon a job as a tailor in a Tennessee town, Johnson (VAN HEFLIN) is taught to read by librarian and future wife, Eliza (RUTH HUSSEY). Eliza convinces him to enter a local election, and, from there, Johnson rises swiftly. However, after inheriting the presidency in the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, he finds himself on unsteady political ground.



Features include Screen Guild Radio Broadcast (29:30) with Gary Cooper and Ruth Hussey, Classic Tom & Jerry Cartoon: “Baby Puss” (7:57), Classic MGM Short: “Heavenly Music” (21:41) and lastly the Theatrical Trailer (1:53).


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Warner Bros. releases Tennessee Johnson onto Blu-ray through their Archive Collection and received some sort of new transfer. The 1080p black & white picture looks, as with most of the Warner Archive titles, fantastic. Detail is well defined throughout and the natural film grain and noise has been retained, so no noticeable DNR was utilized and outside of maybe some very minor dust marks, this is a clean looking transfer.

The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which, like many other Warner Archive releases, sounds rather good. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and being this is mostly dialogue-driven, not a whole lot to judge outside the score. In any case, I didn’t discern any pops, hisses or other flaws, impressive for a nearly 80 year old film.




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

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