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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT194-BR

HAWAII (1966) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Richard Harris, Carroll O'Connor, Julie Andrews, Jocelyne LaGarde, Max von Sydow, Gene Hackman
Directed By:  George Roy Hill
Composed By:  Elmer Bernstein

“The film tells the sadly ironic story of the extinction of one culture upon invasion by another…we are dazzled by the exotic picture postcard scenery, including the spectacle of beautiful native maidens.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“Superior production, acting, and direction give depth and credibility to a personal tragedy, set against the clash of two civilizations…von Sydow’s outstanding performance makes his character comprehensible, if never totally sympathetic...Andrews is excellent in a demanding dramatic role.” – Variety

Director George Roy Hill’s adaptation of James Michener’s best-selling novel focuses on a critical period in Hawaiian history, when missionaries (personified here by the great Max von Sydow and Julie Andrews), attempting to bring Christian values to the “pagan” islands, instead paved the way for corrupt and commercial Western ways. Richard Harris also stars, with several native Polynesians (including Oscar®-nominated Jocelyne LaGarde) providing touching supporting performances.

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1966
Color
161 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Original Roadshow Version (189 Minutes) in Standard Definition / Original Theatrical Trailer

  
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Posted by Michael Thomas on January 7, 2016 4:56 PM
I would suggest Screen Archives also provides the details of the Region of the Blu Ray for it's international customers. I contacted Screen Archives on the blu ray of A CHILD IS WAITING and was assured it was region free but when it arrived it was REGION A and I am unable to play.

Posted by Theodore Dias on January 10, 2016 8:11 PM
DTS 1.0 .... I hope that's a mistake. I have the LD release of the roadshow edition from many years ago and even that had a uncompressed Dolby cinema processor 2 channel track on it.

I have been waiting for many years for a quality HD release (of the full roadshow version) to replace the LD, and it sadly appears this isn't going to be it. Very dissapointed, and likely a no-sale for me.

I have to say I have always been very happy with all the HD purchases I have made here, and respectfully suggest that this release needs to be reconsidered considering the LD tracks could certainly be repurposed for this release.

Theodore Dias

Posted by Randall Henderson on February 6, 2016 11:35 PM
More information about the roadshow version would be appreciated. How poor is the quality?

Posted by Mark Mailander on January 15, 2016 9:58 AM
Well, my copy arrived. The sound is great, especially the isolated screw provided for both films (quasi stereo?). The road show is window boxed! Also very poor quality. The theatrical version looks better than the dvd of previous years. As a Blu Ray it looks soft and there are color problems. Caucasians look slightly redish. However,I do recommend this release for Bernstein very nice score.

Posted by Kevin Probert-Briggs on January 30, 2016 3:45 PM
The theatrical HD looks great , much improved to the DVD but sadly the Roadshow version is not good quality and a huge disappointment . Nevertheless it's an unmissable purchase . Thank you .

Posted by Theodore Dias on January 26, 2016 4:09 PM
Mark,

Is the audio track for the Roadshow version at least in 2 channel PCM or DTS-HD lossless audio?

Theodore

Posted by William Harris on March 2, 2016 6:18 AM
As a lover of this movie in it's roadshow version, and so sad that MGM/UA has relegated this and the roadshow version of John Wayne's The Alamo (and Fox with the roadshow of Julie Andrews' STAR!)to the Island of Misfit Movies, I am ecstatic Twilight Time have provided us with a complete version of Hawaii. After sitting through the VHS, The laserdisc, and a brilliant fan reconstruction created using the laserdisc and the DVD of the general release, This Blu Ray is the Best! I'm not a techno-phile like a lot of people with their lossless this and grain that, if anything I'm a content-phile. I do not consider the existence of the General Release version. It sucks, in spite of the brilliant restorative efforts of TT. I found, with my Sony player and Vizio TV, a wonderful version of the longer version that I could see and hear clearly, and in the proper letterboxed (not window boxed) aspect ratio (unlike the general release). Twilight Time has done it's usual brilliant job. The Hawaiians is great as well! Can't have one without the other. Blame MGM/UA Home Video for letting such a unique film go to pot. Twilight Time has saved it for us!!!

Posted by Mark Turner on July 28, 2017 1:11 PM
SIXTIES EPIC ON BLU

Back in the sixties there was a genre of films that came out that can only be called epics. These were huge motion pictures that spent millions on production values, name stars were brought together, they were based on bestselling novels and took place in locations most couldn’t visit. When one of these movies was released a juggernaut of promotional material was sent forth and seeing them on the big screen was an event. Each had an overture before the movie began, an intermission and a running time that back then was more than the average film being released.

Based on the 1959 novel by James Michener the film only covers part of his novel that told the story of Hawaii from its founding through the 1950s. While the founding is touched on the movie instead focuses on the missionaries who arrived there, Rev. Abner Hale (Max Von Sydow) in particular. Hale is a strict Calvinist who longs for nothing more than to preach to and convert the Hawaiians. But with no wife the church will not send him. Hale is strict enough and without a touch of humor to the point that at least one leader of the church would be happy to see him leave so he sets in motion a match for Hale in the form of Jerusha Bromley (Julie Andrews), a young woman left behind by a seafaring captain.

Hale and Jerusha get to know one another well enough but true love isn’t quite there. They marry and head for Hawaii along with Keoki, a Hawaiian who has studied in New England and hopes to help convert his fellow Hawaiians to Christianity with Hale. The trip is a long one though short lived on screen, enough to display the difficulties the missionaries faced. When they arrive they’re greeted by semi-naked Hawaiians who rush to greet the sailors on board, sailors who take advantage of them when they can.

Meeting the ruler of this particular island Malama Kanakoa, it is determined that Hale will set up his parish on this island. He has a long row to hoe though as Malama would rather talk to Jerusha than Hale. Things are worked out and Malama begins to learn what it means to be a Christian. But most of the conflicts in the story not only take place around Rev. Hale but because of him. Hale is not one to be tactful and respectful of the customs of the land. His lack of humor and willingness to bend to coerce followers to at first learn about his beliefs are often the barrier that stands between his success and failure. Only the understanding and love of Jerusha help him on the island. As they develop their parish they fall in love.

There are a number of other plotlines that come to play in the film, including the arrival of sea captain Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris) the man who left Jerusha behind. To list all the various stories in this 3 hour film would take time and be better left to viewing it instead. Suffice to say that even though it only covers one chapter from the original novel there is plenty of story to be had on hand here.

Twilight Time has once again offered a fantastic presentation of a movie that many will either have forgotten or not heard of. The transfer is beautiful to see. Their version offers an isolated score track and the original theatrical trailer. Not only that, you have the option to view the standard film itself which runs 161 minutes or you can watch the original roadshow version which runs 189 minutes. The roadshow version is what I mentioned earlier with the overture and more.

In seeing this movie for the first time I was amazed that it wasn’t controversial when it was released. The depiction of a minister who is more likely to drive people away from Christianity than bring them to the religion is heavy in this film. The sixties were more a time of Christianity in a positive rather than negative light. As depicted here you would think this film was more recent in its attitude towards the faith. And while historically accurate the views of evil white men coming to take over a country for their own greed, even those who set out at first to bring faith to the islands, seems more in line with the protest movements of today as opposed to acceptance of what happened. Wiping out a culture is a heinous act. Fortunately what seemed a potential hazard here wasn’t the end result and the culture still exists though combined with many others. Some might find this offensive. Some might find it justification for their negative feelings of this country. The reality is that this is history whether one approves or not. In the end it tells an interesting story with compelling characters and a look at a location that at the time wasn’t quite the tourist attraction that it is today. Best of all the movie entertains.

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