Ingrid Bergman's sanity ebbs away as the quite obviously sinister Charles Boyer persuades her that she's losing her mind, in George Cukor's fabulously atmospheric fog-bound London-set thriller. Bergman's memorable performance won her an Oscar, and you can see the moment she received it on this DVD.
Despite a sometimes-scratchy print and a little grain creeping into fog-shrouded street scenes, the picture quality is quite acceptable for such an old film. The mono sound is clear without too much hiss.
Murder She Wrote
Looking at Angela Lansbury in the excellent Reflections On Gaslight featurette, it's striking how she seems to have looked exactly the same for several decades. Back in 1944, though, she was only 17-years-old and didn't look like an elderly sleuth with the reek of death about her. She recalls how she learned some valuable lessons on things not to do when you're making your first movie, and digs up a few quality anecdotes.
Also on the DVD is footage from Oscar night 1944, where Bergman accepts her statuette with the type of humility present megastars might like to try emulating.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.