Dec 172020

The Harvey Girls debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger and Angela Lansbury and is out December 22.



The Harvey Girls
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Western, Musical
Warner Archive | NR – 101 min. – $21.99 | December 22, 2020

Date Published: 12/17/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: George Sidney
Writer(s): Samuel Hopkins Adams (book); Eleandre Griffin and William Rankin (story), Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, Harry Crane, James O’Hanlon and Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)
Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O’Brien

Features: Commentary, Deleted Musical Numbers, Theatrical 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: 43.22 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.96 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



When Susan Bradley (JUDY GARLAND) responded to an ad in New Mexico for a mail-order bride, she had no idea that her would-be husband was a broken-down cowhand. Instead of returning back home, she takes a job at the local Harvey House restaurant. But the new establishment faces tough resistance from the local saloon owner (JOHN HODIAK) and the town’s streetwise showgirl, Em (ANGELA LANSBURY). As Susan works with the Harvey girls to win over the townsfolk, she also searches for a new love.



Features include an Audio Commentary with Director George Sidney, 2 Musical Outtakes (9:11), audio only 27 Scoring Stage Sessions, On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe in Stereo (9:00) and lastly the Theatrical Trailer (2:51).


VIDEO – 5/5, AUDIO – 4/5

The Harvey Girls is presented in the original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. According to the press release, the picture here underwent a restoration, the transfer taken from a new 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor negatives. This is a really impressive picture, detail is very well defined throughout but what stood out was the incredibly vibrant colors which really pops off the screen. Can’t compare with how this looked on DVD, but have to think this is a night and day difference and this nearly 65 year old film has never looked better.

The disc comes equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which provides good output for the singing from Angela Lansbury as well as the clear dialogue making way through the central speaker. On the slight downside, there was some minor hissing, however nothing that would detract from the enjoyment of the film nor distort any of the on-screen action or conversations.




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

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