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.