Feb 042021

A Tale of Two Cities debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver and Basil Rathbone and is out February 9th.



A Tale of Two Cities
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama
Warner Archive | NR – 126 min. – $21.99 | February 9, 2021

Date Published: 02/04/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Jack Conway
Writer(s): Charles Dickens (novel); W.P. Lipscomb and S.N. Behrman (screenplay)
Cast: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen, Basil Rathbone, Blanche Yurka

Features: Short Film, Cartoons, Radio Show, 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: 43.84 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.74 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



This adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Dickens finds courageous British lawyer Sydney Carton (RONALD COLMAN) defending French aristocrat Charles Darnay (DONALD WOODS) from false accusations of treason against England. Carton also becomes enamored of Darnay’s beautiful bride-to-be, Lucie (ELIZABETH ALLAN), but she and Darnay marry and begin to raise a family in France. Then, when Darnay falls into the hands of French revolutionaries, Carton once again comes to his rescue.



Features include the A Tale of Two Cities 1942 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast (58:30), Two Bonus Cartoons: “Hey-Hey Fever” and “Honeyland” (8:25, 10:07), Audioscopiks (8:14) short film and last the Re-Issue Trailer (1:17).


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Warner Bros. releases A Tale of Two Cities onto Blu-ray where it’s been given a new 1080p high-definition transfer, displayed in its original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio. For the most part this is a great looking picture, detail is rather good for both close-ups and some of the more distant shots, or ones with a crowd (as shown in this screen capture). There is some heavy noise but I prefer that than this undergoing some sort of DNR process so it seems to be in keeping with how the film originally looked.

The disc includes a standard but effective enough DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track. While dialogue comes across with great clarity and there is some okay depth such as the surroundings in the villages (or cities as it were), but there is some heavy hissing throughout but nothing that would detract from one’s enjoyment.




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

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