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23 April 2017
Remaining objective is not easy for me when discussing this film- but I will do my best.
First and foremost, the DVD transfer that I purchased many years ago (Universal release dated 2001) is of appalling quality- barely an improvement on the standard of a VHS tape.
The Blu-Ray print is just what anyone who enjoys this film would hope for- beautiful. For me, after the disappointment of the DVD, the BD proved to be a huge relief- I was able to focus on the exquisite scenery, flawless performances and be transformed from Florence to rural Edwardian Surrey and back again.
I have not read Forster's book- so you may not trust my opinion on what follows. The screenplay highlights a great deal of- what I believe- Forster felt strongly about and many of his characters aptly presented the peculiarities of Edwardian protocols, apart from snobbishness, foppishness, etc.
Personally, I struggled to take in just how young (I first saw this film as a school boy in 1987) many members of the cast appear. Looking at all of the players afresh, I don't think there's a weak performance anywhere- most folk who watch this picture seem to develop similar feelings about the various portrayals.
If you can't cope with male nudity, then give this a miss- albeit of a none sexual nature (though doubtless certain critics would take issue with my opinion!)
Whether anyone watches this film as a result of this review or not, please take notice of my comments about the difference in quality from the DVD to the Blu-Ray, but no notice of what I say about the film and its production- please form your own judgement.
Personally, I doubt that Merchant Ivory have ever made a better picture.