Jane Eyre [DVD] [1934]

Alpha Video's release of William Christy Cabanne's Jane Eyre (1934) is one of the more interesting public domain titles to show up on DVD from a major distributor. The movie has been out of copyright for decades, yet it was virtually unknown on public domain videotape, and never appeared at all on laserdisc. Its presentation here is surprisingly good -- there are some vertical scratches and a missing frame or two, and the contrast and detail aren't all they might be under optimum conditions, but this is generally a very watchable and enjoyable presentation of the movie, especially for the low price. The film-to-video transfer makes the most of the source and until the final reel, even the dark scenes show more than enough detail to discern the action, and the sound is steady throughout. The six chapters standard to all 2003 Alpha releases are present, and the disc is overall nicely made, as a bargain release from a company that is full of little surprises like this.
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Jane Eyre
This version of the Charlotte Bronte classic is the first to use sound. The story closely follows the book as it chronicles the romantic travails of a troubled orphan girl who grows up to be a governess in love with her employer who returns her affections. She has finally found happiness. Alas, her happiness is short-lived as she learns that her love has locked his crazy wife in a remote wing of the house. The distraught governess flees and gets engaged to a new man. Just before they marry, she learns that her true love's house has burned down, immolating his wife and leaving him nearly blind. Without hesitation she returns to him and romantic bliss ensues. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Virginia Bruce
    Virginia Bruce - Jane Eyre
  • Colin Clive
    Colin Clive - Edward Rochester
  • Beryl Mercer
    Beryl Mercer - Mrs. Fairfax
  • Jameson Thomas
    Jameson Thomas - Charles Craig
  • Aileen Pringle
    Aileen Pringle - Blanche Ingram
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