Blu-ray Release: Jane Eyre (1943)

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $TBA
Studio: Twilight Time


Jane Eyre movie scene

Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine star in the 1943 film version of the Charlotte Brontë classic.

This 1943 movie version of Charlotte Brontë’s passionate Victorian novel Jane Eyre is directed by Robert Stevenson (Old Yeller, Mary Poppins), written by Stevenson, John Houseman, and Aldous Huxley, and stars Joan Fontaine (Letter from an Unknown Woman) and Orson Welles (The Stranger).

Like the novel, the drama-romance details Jane’s dramatic journey from the brutality of a school for impoverished children, following as she goes out into the world, becomes a governess at the mysterious Thornfield Hall, and breaks taboos by falling in love with her mercurial master, the brooding Edward Rochester.

The film features stunning cinematography by George Barnes (Rebecca) and an outstanding score by the incomparable Bernard Herrmann (which can be heard on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track).

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be prepared to pre-order this one directly from distributor Screen Archives as soon as the prebook date is announced, which will probably be in mid-October.

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