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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching, More than Once, 23 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Chalk Garden (1964) (VHS Tape)
"The Chalk Garden," based on the play by Enid Bagnold, is available on DVD for those who can play NTSC (Region 1); it can be purchased on Amazon.com [USA].

It is definitely worth buying, primarily for the beautifully understated performance of Deborah Kerr, who is exceptional as the enigmatic governess, Miss Madrigal (Sometimes one forgets what a fine actress Deborah Kerr was). The supporting players, John Mills, Edith Evans, and Felix Aylmer, are also outstanding. Like the reviewer of the VHS version (above), I was less convinced by Hayley Mills (I loved her as a child in 'Pollyanna'), whose overwrought performance--until the final scenes--seemed rather 'Hollywood.'

The widescreen letterbox format is excellent and the transfer is clear--revealing the locations at and near the chalk cliffs in their glory--as is the sound, although there are no "navigational" prompts or other embellishments, such as closed captioning. One simply pops it into the DVD player; it plays, and plays again, since it is on a loop.

Nevertheless, Amazon.com (to which this DVD is, at the moment, exclusive) is to be congratulated for making this fine film available to its customers.
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