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Tom Jones

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  • DVD COMEDY

Edition

Two-DVD special edition.

Languages

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Performers

Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Diane Cilento, George Devine, David Tomlinson.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2018]

Summary

Title from container.

Based on the novel by Henry Fielding.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.

Includes both the theatrical version (1963, 128 minutes) and the director's cut (1989, 121 minutes) of the film.

Features: New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally ; new program on the film's cinematography featuring Lassally ; new interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie's impact on British cinema ; excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett show featuring actor Albert Finney ; new interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on her former husband, director Tony Richardson ; illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film ; new interview with the editor of the director's cut, Robert Lambert.

In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, a movement whose gritty realism they had helped establish, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful narrative territory. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding's canonical eighteenth-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title, whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western. This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England's rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.

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