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New on Disc: 'Jane Eyre' and more …

9 Dec, 2013 By: Mike Clark

Jane Eyre (Blu-ray)

Available at www.ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Peggy Ann Garner, Margaret O’Brien.
Just by itself, Bernard Herrmann’s score goes a long way toward at least suggesting that this fairly renowned Charlotte Bronte adaptation might be an unofficial Orson Welles film from his early 1940s directorial heyday — as opposed to the Robert Stevenson achievement it is. Welles as the tormented Rochester dominates even Joan Fontaine as the tough-luck servant Jane. This has to be the closest Welles ever came to cutting a dashing figure on screen. Meanwhile, an incredibly unbilled Elizabeth Taylor gets everything there is to get from a handful of scenes.
Extras: Includes Julie Kirgo’s peppy liner notes and two commentaries. Herrmann’s score can be enjoyed as an isolated experience on a separate track.
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Fearless (Blu-ray)

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.95 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for language and airplane crash realism.
Stars Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez.
Based on a novel by Rafael Yglesias, who also wrote the screenplay, this is an eerie, under-your-skin story of survivor trauma: specifically, an airplane mishap but a situation easily as applicable to combat or a mass killing where one is spared when others are not. A plane crashes in a cornfield — a setpiece staged expertly by director Peter Weir. A survivor played by Jeff Bridges begins thinking he’s indestructible. There’s some compelling support-group material involving an airline psychiatrist, and it’s instructive to witness the different ways in which the survivors react to the experience.
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