BD 260 The Sun Shines Bright

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Finch
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BD 260 The Sun Shines Bright

#1 Post by Finch » Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:03 pm

Title leaked on Amazon.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

1080p presentation on Blu-ray
Optional English SDH Subtitles
Brand new audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride (author of Searching for John Ford)
New video essay by Tag Gallagher (author of John Ford: Himself and His Movies)
A collector’s booklet featuring a reprint of Judge Priest short story The Lord Provides; a new essay by James Oliver; and an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Re: Forthcoming: The Sun Shines Bright

#2 Post by Glowingwabbit » Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:48 pm

Fantastic news. I wonder if Olive will magically reappear with a signature edition at some point.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Sun Shines Bright

#3 Post by Calvin » Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:55 pm

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The notoriously difficult to please John Ford regarded The Sun Shines Bright as his favourite film. Based on material from Irvin S. Cobb’s “Judge Priest” short stories, Ford had previously directed the 1934 film Judge Priest starring Will Rogers, but was unsatisfied with the handling of the film by 20th Century Fox – specifically their decision to cut a vital scene depicting the main character condemning an attempted lynching. Two decades later he chose to revisit the material for Republic Pictures, and the result was yet another masterpiece from the great director.

Set in 1905 Kentucky, Judge Priest (Charles Winninger) is fighting for reelection against a Yankee prosecutor (Milburn Stone). Despite the Judge’s popularity, his generosity and sense of justice may cost him the election.

The Sun Shines Bright almost shared a similar fate as Judge Priest, with ten minutes of footage being removed by Republic Pictures. Fortunately the original uncut master was not destroyed, and has now been fully restored and makes its UK debut on Blu-ray as part of the Masters of Cinema series.

SPECIAL FEATURES

1080p presentation on Blu-ray
Optional English SDH Subtitles
Brand new audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride (author of Searching for John Ford)
New video essay by Tag Gallagher (author of John Ford: Himself and His Movies)
A collector’s booklet featuring a reprint of Judge Priest short story The Lord Provides; a new essay by James Oliver; and an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Great to see this finally get the release I hoped that Olive would give us back in the day. It is a shame that Eureka haven't seen fit to include the theatrical cut for posterity though.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Sun Shines Bright

#4 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:06 pm

I know the Olive disc also uses the uncut version (and perhaps MoC will be a better encode of the same master - the Olive BD is a single-layer disc), but what was in the ten minutes that was cut?

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Re: BD 260 The Sun Shines Bright

#5 Post by mizo » Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:23 pm

You can watch a shorter cut of the film on YouTube that is presumably the original theatrical version (I won't link to it here because I'm unsure about the legality). It looks like most of the cut material was from the beginning. In this shorter version, the movie basically opens with John Russell's entrance.

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