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Goodbye Mr. Chips (WBGH Boston Video)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound:B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: B

 

 

For those that say that made-for-TV movies stink (like I typically do) than bite your tongue as you watch this particularly great version of Goodbye Mr. Chips made in 2002 and now released through WBGH Boston Video to DVD.As if the program wasnít strong enough, the DVD is also something quite stellar in and of itself, but more on that later.

 

The origin of our story comes from a fairly popular film from 1930 starring Robert Donat as the title character Mr. Chipping (Mr. Chips) and itís a touching story purely about the recollection of an aging teacher as he thinks back on his career and life change.We are rarely treated to such joyful touching stories these days.The story surfaced again in 1969 with Peter Oí Toole in a passionate portrayal of the schoolteacher and is probably the more memorable for most people today.There was also a 1984 mini-series made, which I have not seen, but would be interested to see just for comparison, but by far this production with Martin Clunes as the title character is one that I shall remember well.Right off the bat I knew as the DVD started and I saw the opening sequences that this was not going to be a standard fare offering.Rather I was quickly swept into the story despite seeing it before and I was continually impressed with the overall production.

 

Technically speaking this DVD is fantastic and I canít say enough good things.Perfect?Certainly not, but much higher than expected and also higher than most standard DVDís, especially TV material!For starters we have a really color-rich 1.78 X 1 anamorphically enhanced transfer that looks very sharp and detailed.Blacks are appropriately dark and itís evident very early on that this is a solid transfer that really helps enhance the experience.Because itís such a great transfer this allows the material to settle in and become far more believable and more film-like in nature.This looks more like a big-budget production, but instead itís a lower-budget production that is DONE RIGHT!Hallelujah!The picture is impressive despite its main drawback being slightly soft at times in certain detail areas, but overall not too shabby.The real highlight though comes from a particularly strong 2.0 Dolby Stereo mix that exemplifies some really great 2.0 channel mixing.

Hopefully my praise throughout this review will inspire some to check this out, but the DVD is by far the way to check this title out.It will most likely go above and beyond most expectations and itís great to see strong content delivered in a solid presentation!

 

 

-†† Nate Goss


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