Terrence Malick fans will be keen to know how "Days of Heaven" has transferred to DVD. This beautiful and sweeping tale is often hailed as one of the great achievements of 70s American cinema. There's much to recommend the DVD release, even if it sorely lacks extra features.
The picture quality is very good, with Paramount putting in the same effort on the transfer as they did with their "Chinatown" disc. The warm and often subtle shades of the glorious countryside vistas that are so elegantly captured in the film come out well on the DVD. There is some grain and print damage that suggests it is nigh on time for a print restoration, but for now this will suffice.
The 5.1 sound mix is lifted from the six-track original, which is wholly given over to reproducing the atmospherics of the US countryside, rather than any showcase effects. Bass levels are good, and it doesn't do a bad job of wrapping you into the mood of the movie. There's also the matter of Ennio Morricone's beautiful score, which separates nicely between the front speakers.
Given Malick's reluctance to even make movies, it would be foolish to expect him to provide a wealth of extra features for this DVD. All that's on offer is a trailer, but the transfer is fine.
Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, trailer, multiple languages, subtitles, English for the hearing impaired.