DVD Review: Does love truly conquer all?

Saturday, 9 March 2013 - 10:00am IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
There's something immortal about the classics. The 1957 Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr starrer, An Affair To Remember is one romantic film that generations have grown to love.

Name: An Affair To Remember
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Rating: 80%

There’s something immortal about the classics. The 1957 Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr starrer, An Affair To Remember is one romantic film that generations have grown to love.
Later released on DVD, the anniversary edition of the DVD even comes with extra treats.

The film features Cary Grant playing Nicky Ferrante, a famous playboy who sets out on one last voyage before being married. On the ship, he is smitten by Terri McKay, played by Deborah Kerr, and wants to try his luck with her. However, Terri doesn’t come easy, possibly because she’s also engaged to be married. However, as the two begin to spend more time with each other on the ship, they fall in love. What happens after that is a bit of a twist and for you to find out. It’s not a typical love story this, and yet the story has inspired many films to come over the years.

Directed by Leo McCarey, An Affair To Remember is a charming film, enhanced by the on-screen chemistry between the two lead actors.

The anniversary DVD is presented in an amorphic format and most of noise and grain that might have appeared in the earlier DVDs have been cleaned up. The colours too have been enhanced without making them too loud.

As for the special features, the DVD has an audio commentary featuring Marni Nixon, who gave voice to Kerr when she sings in the film, and film historian Joseph McBride. There is also a back story that reveals the behind-the-scenes of the film. Grant’s affair at that time with Sophia Loren takes the limelight once again, thanks to this featurette.

Incidentally, this film is a remake of the director’s own film Love Affair that he had made in 1939 and we find out why he decided to make it all over again in one of the featurettes.
Plus there is a still gallery and the film’s original theatrical trailer. Bit of a bonus for all Hollywood classics junkies.


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