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STORY OF A WOMAN (music by John Williams) - coming to Blu Ray


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Discussion about the score to Story Of A Woman pops up now and again... But more in terms of hearsay than actual fact. It’s one of those “often talked but about rarely seen/heard”-building blocks in JW’s career.

 

From what I’ve understood, not only is the score rare, but the film itself has been somewhat lost and forgotten over time.

 

Good to see a BD release, let’s hope for an official soundtrack release to follow. 😊

 

 

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So this supposedly released a few days back. Has anyone ordered or received a copy yet?

 

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Doesn't appear to have any special features though, sadly. If ever a release needed an isolated score, this was the one.. :(

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29 minutes ago, aescalle said:

My copy was shipped two days ago from amazon...

 

Fantastic! Any ETA? Would love a review of the audio quality, or even the score itself.

 

I've heard almost nothing except this six minute excerpt, as the film is infamously hard to obtain and the score has never been released on soundtrack. 

 

 

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I look forward to retiring my old copy of the film, which was a shoddy VHS transfer that appeared on Youtube for just a few days several years ago. It didn't even have the prologue, which I've consequently never seen. Curious about that too. I have a few better audio rips than the ones on YT (as linked to above), but curious about the audio on this, especially the Cortina sequence (a cheeseball sequence in the film, but with a superb JW montage cue).

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4 minutes ago, Thor said:

a shoddy VHS transfer that appeared on Youtube for just a few days several years ago.

That just adds charm to the home video presentation.

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16 minutes ago, Thor said:

I look forward to retiring my old copy of the film, which was a shoddy VHS transfer that appeared on Youtube for just a few days several years ago. It didn't even have the prologue, which I've consequently never seen. Curious about that too. I have a few better audio rips than the ones on YT (as linked to above), but curious about the audio on this, especially the Cortina sequence (a cheeseball sequence in the film, but with a superb JW montage cue).

 

How much music would you estimate exists in the film? Did Williams conduct the score? Is there an end credits suite? 

 

It's a total unknown to me. 

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26 minutes ago, crumbs said:

 

Fantastic! Any ETA? Would love a review of the audio quality, or even the score itself.

 

I've heard almost nothing except this six minute excerpt, as the film is infamously hard to obtain and the score has never been released on soundtrack. 

 

 

Years ago I've made a very awful bootleg with a youtube version. But If someone is interested in making a new bootleg with this bluray, with a cleaner result it should be great!

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1 minute ago, aescalle said:

Years ago I've made a very awful bootleg with a youtube version. But If someone is interested in making a new bootleg with this bluray, with a cleaner result it should be great!

 

Absolutely. Hopefully the DTS-HD track is a true stereo mix and not dual-channel mono. 

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Just now, crumbs said:

 

Absolutely. Hopefully the DTS-HD track is a true stereo mix and not dual-channel mono. 

I should try to make a rip of the audio in wave quality when my copy is arriving. Is someone capable here to make a good job to work on it?

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5 minutes ago, crumbs said:

 

How much music would you estimate exists in the film? Did Williams conduct the score? Is there an end credits suite? 

 

It's a total unknown to me. 

 

Oh gosh, I can't really answer that. There is at least an hour's worth of music, if not more; it's pretty tightly scored. Would make for a wonderful 50-60 minute release, if you take out some of the many variations of the central "Uno di Qua, L'altra di La" theme that will no doubt wear out its welcome. I have no idea if Williams conducted it. It was one of those Euro-US puddings, so I don't even know where the recording sessions were held. Could be in Europe, since Williams had other Europe-centric projects at the time, like JANE EYRE. Wasn't HEIDI also done in Europe a few years earlier? I know he stayed in London during prep for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (and Robert Altman was staying in his apartment, prepping IMAGES). There is an end credits suite, but "Cortina" is the best suite-ish cue from the film anyway.

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Sounds great! Plenty of music too. Should definitely fill out a nice CD one day (maybe paired with a few other unreleased Universal scores). 

 

The end credits might list the conductor, just a thought (or were they not credited in this era of films?) 

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40 minutes ago, fommes said:

Is this also playable in Region B?

 

According to the beaver review this is Region A, so I guess not.

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8 hours ago, fommes said:

Is this also playable in Region B?

On 02/09/2021 at 12:15 PM, aescalle said:

 

STORY OF A WOMAN (Bluray - Pre order)

Update: "Its not region free as universal only did USA rights" So this release is region A.

 
Release Year: 1970
Running Time: 90
UPC: 7 38329 25580 0
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama
$29.95 $17.97 (40% off)
 
Avail 9/28/21 - order early
Pre-orders are generally sent several days in advance of street date.
Only ships to US & Canada
 

https://www.kinolorber.com/product/story-of-a-woman-blu-ray

 

Cast

Robert Stack
Bibi Andersson
James Farentino
Annie Girardot
Frank Sundström
Birgitta Valberg
 

Crew

Directed by Leonardo Bercovici
 

From Leonardo Bercovici, the co-writer of The Bishop’s Wife, Kiss the Blood off My Hands and Portrait of Jennie, comes this passionate love story starring Ingmar Bergman regular Bibi Andersson (Duel at Diablo, Persona). While studying to be a concert pianist in Rome, a Swedish girl named Karin (Andersson) falls in love with a handsome medical student named Bruno (James Farentino, Me, Natalie, Dead & Buried). When she discovers that Bruno is married to an older woman, she heads home to Sweden and marries an American diplomat (Robert Stack, The Tarnished Angels, Airplane!). The diplomat is then assigned to Rome, where Karin becomes torn between the two men. This beautiful romantic drama features a wonderful supporting turn by Annie Girardot (Vice and Virtue, Dear Inspector), costumes by the great Edith Head (The Emperor Waltz, The Sting) and a musical score by the legendary John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars).


Blu-ray Extras Include:

Theatrical Trailer

 

 

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SCREAMING WOMAN
released is region A.
 
Release Year: 1972
Running Time: 73
UPC: 7 38329 25592 3
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Select a Format
$24.95 $14.97 (40% off)
temporarily out of stock
Avail 10/5/21 - order early
Pre-orders are generally sent several days in advance of street date.
Only ships to US & Canada
 
Cast
Olivia de Havilland
Joseph Cotton
Walter Pidgeon
Ed Nelson
Laraine Stephens
Lonny Chapman
Charles Drake
Alexandra Hay
 
Crew
Directed by Jack Smight
 

From the mind of Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, TV’s The Martian Chronicles) comes this made-for-television chiller starring the great Olivia de Havilland (The Snake Pit, Not as a Stranger) as a wealthy former mental patient who goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman’s mind has snapped so they can take control of her money. Jack Smight (Harper) directed this screamingly good thriller from a script by Merwin Gerard (TV’s The Victim) based on a Bradbury short story. Ed Nelson (Airport 1975), Laraine Stephens (Hellfighters), Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie) and Walter Pidgeon (Harry in Your Pocket) lead the stellar supporting cast, with costumes by Edith Head (The Sting) and theme music by John Williams (Jaws).


Blu-ray Extras Include:

Brand New 2K Master

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Screenwriter Gary Gerani

Newly Commissioned Art by Vince Evans

Optional English Subtitles

 

 

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No region A

I had confirmation by Kinolober & Redcode...

A multregion bluray will be an option. I get mine (a SONY player) from Amazon.

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Can’t wait for an official release of this on CD, and I imagine at that point all will be revealed. It’s gotta happen eventually…right?

 

Yavar

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Not while Williams is alive, I guess.  Remember Roger's post from 2018

 

"Just so you know, Williams isn't particularly interested in having Rare Breed or Story of a Woman released."

 

 

"Not sure why Williams isn't interested in these, but he's the boss so we that's that."

 

http://www.intrada.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=78997#p78997

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@Jay I do of course remember Roger’s post, but you must be forgetting the later post from Mike Mattesino (on the FSM board I think) where he expressed some hope about eventually talking Williams into it, essentially saying “never say never”.

 

Yavar

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10 hours ago, lairdo said:

Woohoo. My Blu-ray copy arrived today!

Mine is on the way. Arrived in Europe and Should be home on friday! :)

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Reporting here a cue list I've found.

 

Bob DiMucci at FSM made this cue list after watching the Youtube version of the film (I have added the first cues which where cuted on the Youtube version.) :

 

1 - Score Cues (From the bluray)

0:16 - Universal Logo (The theme is played by Bells)

0:50 - Overture / Over Rome (Orchestra)

3:30 - Uno di qua, l'altra di la (vocal by Ornella Vanoni)

 

2- Follows the Score Cues from the Youtube Version

2:47 – Main Title

2:36 – Bruno Implores Karin

2:37 – Karin’s Reverie

1:03 – Karin In Sweden – Winter

1:15 – Karin In Sweden – Summer

2:23 – Karin Meets David

0:24 – Karin / Bruno Flashback I

0:12 – Karin / Bruno Flashback II

0:40 – Karin and David Go Boating

1:17 – Karin and David Talk

0:39 – In Washington DC

0:40 – Arriving In Rome

0:45 – Karin Goes to the Music Conservatory

1:02 – Karin Tells David of Bruno’s Visit

0:37 – Karin Dreams of Bruno

0:31 – Uno di qua, l'altra di la (vocal)

0:37 – Bruno Arrives at Monte Carlo

3:03 – Karin Comforts Her Daughter / Karin Talks With Bruno

2:57 – Bruno Walks Karin Home

0:20 – Morning

0:58 – Bruno Is Hurt

0:42 – Sunset Walk On Beach

1:23 – Bruno Recounts Car Accident

0:46 – Bruno Confronts Karin

6:15 – Karin and Bruno at Cortina

1:20 – Karin and David Reunited / End Title

Total Time - 37:49 (26 tracks)

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Source Music

1:03 – Karin Plays Piano I

0:39 – Accordion and Guitar Dance

0:50 – Accordion, Guitar, and Piano Trio

1:03 – Guitar Solo and Vocal

1:02 - Uno di qua, l'altra di la (vocal by Ornella Vanoni) - Reprise

0:31 – Karin and David Marry

2:30 – Rome Party

0:25 – Piano Practice

0:34 – Karin Plays Piano II

Total Time – 8:37 (9 tracks)

 

Finally, I can't really tell if this Bluray edition has a Stereo track. If it does, the stereo image is really not wide.

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