The British Film Institute will release on Blu-ray director Frank Borzage's masterpiece A Farewell to Arms (1932), starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Jack La Rue, and Blanche Friderici. Newly restored by Lobster Films, A Farewell to Arms will be available for purchase on September 22.
Synopsis: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes and Adolphe Menjou star in this classic romantic drama based on Ernest Hemingway's novel and directed by Frank Borzage. Frederick Henry (Cooper) is an American serving as an ambulance driver in World War I. When his friend Captain Rinaldi (Menjou) introduces him to the beautiful English nurse Catherine Barkley (Hayes), Frederick immediately falls for her. The pair share a brief idyllic interlude together, but the jealous Rinaldi does his best to come between them...
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Newly restored...will this be an upgrade to the Kino version, or just the same transfer? I was just eying that Selznick collection boxed set that includes this, but now I'll have to wait and see how this version compares.
Kino's edition looks and sounds great, but was disappointingly weak on bonus features. If this has some substantial supplements it might be worth a double-dip, as the film itself is very good. Including the alternate ending looks promising, but a good commentary would be nice, and maybe some sort of comparison with the heavily censored reissue and even the Rock Hudson remake, if possible.