TOM JONES

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was a decade dom­i­nated by mu­si­cals and big-bud­get epics, but this bawdy pe­riod com­edy beat the odds to take home four Os­cars, in­clud­ing best picture. Al­bert Fin­ney is Tom, an im­pos­si­bly pretty and good-hearted in­no­cent who can’t re­sist the ladies. It’s a laugh-out-loud, fourth-wall-break­ing tale, but with darker mo­ments to re­mind us how lucky we are not to have lived in Eng­land 250 years ago.

The 1989 direc­tor’s cut on disc one is seven min­utes shorter and has a re­done Dolby Stereo sound­track sweet­ened with two-chan­nel mu­sic and ef­fects. It sounds fuller and deeper than the 1963 mono orig­i­nal, which is also in­cluded. The pil­lar­boxed 1.66:1 video— a 16-bit/4k restora­tion from var­i­ous sources— is on par be­tween the two ver­sions, with rich blacks and many ra­zor-sharp shots.

The mostly new ex­tras in­clude in­ter­views with the cin­e­matog­ra­pher and ac­tress Vanessa Red­grave, who was mar­ried to direc­tor Tony Richard­son at the time of the pro­duc­tion.

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