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Blu-ray Review: David Lean's Brief Encounter Is A Sparkling Affair

15 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Made in 1945 immediately prior to his Charles Dickens double-whammy of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, David Lean's Brief Encounter remains a handsome bastion of romance on film - a kind of British Casablanca, albeit on a much smaller scale. Returning to the Criterion Collection on blu-ray this month as a stand-alone spine number (#76, though it was also recently included in their box set of "David Lean Directs Noel Coward"), the 2008 restoration of Brief Encounter is for all intents and purposes pristine. There's almost no deterioration of the image at all, and the mono soundtrack rings true as a bell. It's easy to slip into the film's period fantasia, at least from a presentation standpoint. The mindset might require a bit more work....

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