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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Manjou
  • Directors: Frank Borzage
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KF9L5Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Dual Format Edition)
A film by Frank Borzage

Based on the 1929 best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, Frank Borzage's 1932 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the tragic Great War romance is newly restored by Lobster Films, and available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

An impossibly handsome Gary Cooper stars as the somewhat cynical Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American enlisted in the Italian army to drive ambulances during the war. Through his doctor friend, Rinalidi (Adolphe Manjou), he meets Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé was killed at the Somme. What starts as a flirtatious and casual encounter soon develops into something much deeper but can their passion survive the terrible consequences of the war?

A hugely popular film when it was first released in 1932, A Farewell to Arms was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Sound (Franklin Hansen and Harold Lewis).

Special features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Alternative ending (1932, 5 mins): more optimistic ending to the film that was shot for American audiences
  • War Scenes in Italy (1915, 1 min): a Topical Budget newsreel item showing crowds gathering in Rome to hear the announcement of Italy's entry in to the war
  • Austrian Prisoners in a Concentration Camp (1916, 3 mins): scenes of Austrian prisoner's of war in Italy in 1916
  • The Latest Crime of the Sinister Hun (1918, 2 mins): a Topical Budget newsreel item documenting the burial of nurses and wounded soldiers killed in an air raid on British and Canadian hospitals in France
  • Frank Borzage Talks to Cecil B. DeMille (1937, 3 mins, audio): an interview segment extracted from the Lux Radio Theater production of A Farewell to Arms
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring full film credits and essays by Geoff Andrew, Adrian Wootton, and Kent Jones
  • Disc 1: BD25 | 1080 | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
    Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

    UK | 1932 | Black & White | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | optional audio description track | 85 minutes | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Cert PG (contains mild battle violence, scenes of emotional distress) | Region 2 PAL DVD | Region B Blu-ray

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
This 1932 romantic drama was directed by Frank Borzage and starred Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. It was, of course, based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name written by Ernest Hemingway and published in 1929. The screenplay is by Oliver Garrett and Benjamin Glazer.
The film, about a love affair during World War 1, between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse, won two Academy Awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Sound; it was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Art Direction.
The film is now in the public domain, because United Artists did not renew its copyright in 1960. So why is it over £18?
Frederic Henry (Gary Cooper) is an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army. He delivers some wounded soldiers to a hospital, where he meets an Italian friend, Major Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou), who is a doctor. During a bombing raid, Frederic and English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes) take shelter together, though Frederick is drunk and fails to impress.
Rinaldi takes Frederic on a double date with two nurses, Catherine and her friend Helen Ferguson (Mary Philips), intending that Frederic would date Helen, and he is angry when Frederic pursues Catherine instead. It turns out that Catherine has been engaged to a soldier, but he was killed in battle.
A romance begins, though it is forbidden by army regulations, is discovered and as a result Catherine is transferred to Milan. Later, a wounded Frederic finds himself in the same hospital in Milan. Dramatic and tragic events ensue, partly because of Rinaldi's interference.
Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes both give excellent performances, as does Adolphe Menjou as Rinaldi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 31 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A Frank Borzage production that is based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway, this is a story of the love between ambulance driver Lieutenant Henry (Gary Cooper) and Nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes) during World War I. the story is made complex by the interference of Major Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou.)

"Disaster as well as victory is written for every nation on the record of the World Ware, but high on the rolls of glory two names are inscribed -- --
The Marne and the Piave."

This is a real tearjerker in black and white. However, it is well made and the story keeps movie. We can even feel sorry for the misguided friendship of Major Rinaldi, which contributed greatly to the disaster in the story.

I was really struck by seeing the young Helen Hayes as the first time I saw her was on Airport (1970.)

The Fountainhead ~ Gary Cooper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Wilmut on 3 Jan. 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This comment is on the Amazon Prime version. A fine film with top-class action.The photography is excellent, except that this print is so dark that all detail in the darkest parts of the picture is lost - sometimes this is a good proportion of the image. The sound quality is fine. Be aware that (unlike the Kino Blu-Ray) this is the version with ten minutes of cuts for the 1939 re-issue (to conform with the production code - cuts include more on the death of the baby).
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