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The Shining Hour


Warner Archive Collection

  • Score: 73

    from 2 reviewers

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  • Frank Borzage's 'The Shining Hour' features a solid cast and strong performances despite an uneven screenplay, with the Warner Archive Blu-ray presenting it well.

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  • Video: 85

  • The Shining Hour's 1080p transfer, derived from a recent 4K scan, showcases a faithful 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Despite some fluctuation in image quality and occasional chunky grain, the overall visual presentation remains strong with pleasing grayscale and effective chapter division.

  • Audio: 85

  • The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix delivers well-rendered dialogue, a professional combination of Franz Waxman’s score and sound effects, and a preserved dynamic range, despite intermittent hiss and occasional crackle typical of films from this era. Optional English (SDH) subtitles are available for the main feature only.

  • Extra: 70

  • The Blu-ray extras for 'The Shining Hour' include a vintage MGM radio program (23:00), three Technicolor animated shorts from 1937-38, and an engaging theatrical trailer (2:58), providing a lightweight yet entertaining pre-show experience.

  • Movie: 73

  • The Shining Hour boasts fine performances and lavish production, but is marred by a script that fails to delve deeply into emotions, resulting in a surface-level melodrama that feels incomplete. While standout moments exist, the film's soapy narrative and uneven writing hinder its potential, despite a competent Blu-ray restoration.


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