Twilight Time Blu-ray: My Cousin Rachel (1952)

My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring:  Richard Burton, Olivia de Havilland, John Sutton, Ronald Squire, Audrey Dalton, George Dolenz, Tudor Owen

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Twilight Time choose another classic in my book. I love this movie. A solid cast. Tight direction, and awesome storyline. I love this movie.  This is based on one of my favorite books, the masterpiece classic written by Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote the wonderful classic Rebecca. This is a mystery romance. It is directed by Henry Koster. Not only a director but also a huge screenwriter that wrote films in the 20’s, 30’s, 40's, 50's, 60’s. He also wrote the screen play for the film I am reviewing My Cousin Rachel. He was the screenwriter from such classics like 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife, 1950’s Harvey, 1953’s The Robe, which he directed all three, and he was responsible for many other classic films. He directed 50 films. His last movie was the 1966’s The Singing Nun.

Starring the wonderful Richard Burton. Burton was a god and total controller of all type of films. From the classic 1953’s The Robe, to 1961’s Camelot, 1963’s Cleopatra, he was and is someone I thought shinned in every role he ever did. Burton is what I call a manly man actor. He was sophisticated and to the point, and made you believe his characters on screen. He died way to soon, 58 years old was a true shame. Twilight Time released other films that Burton has been involved with such as Equus. Also, they released the film 1984 which is a favorite of mine. 1984 was Richard Burton's last film. He always brought to life thought provoking, intense characters, and the character of Philip Ashley in My Cousin Rachel is no different. It's sad seeing and knowing his mastery is forever silent, but as long as there are awesome companies like Twilight Time to express important pieces of film, his legend will live on.

Also starring the one and only beautiful goddess Olivia de Havilland. Olivia is what I call the complete package when it comes to actresses. She had the looks, the brains, the ability to create believable characters. She has starred in some the greatest films of all time. All one must do is scan her Award Worthy and award-winning career. Born in 1916 and as of this writing, this amazing woman is still alive. 101 years old, pure perfection. She is one of the remaining Golden Age of Hollywood icons. Her mastery, beauty and everything about her bleeds perfected cinema. From the masterpiece of cinema, my number one favorite film in my 100 films list, 1939’s tour-de-force Gone with the Wind.  Some of my personal favorites of her career besides Gone with the Wind, is her wonderful work alongside the sexy and handsome Errol Flynn. The two worked flawless together, and the chemistry on screen between the two was perfection. They worked on the amazing classic 1935’s Captain Blood, and in my viewpoint the best telling of the legend, 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood. 1936’s The Charge of the Light Brigade, 1938’s Four’s a Crowd, 1939’s Dodge City, 1939’s The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, 1940’s Santa Fe Trail, 1941’s They Died with Their Boots On, are all fine examples of cinema perfection. Two of the greatest performers of all time. Her many classic roles are films that are classic masterpiece worthy cinema that leaves a historical stamp on motion picture history. She shined in 1949’s The Heiress and 1948’s The Snake Pit, and so many others. She began acting in 1935 and remained in the world of cinema both great and small until 1988. She was a two-time Oscar winner for the performances in The Heiress, and To Each his Own. She greatly deserved both.

She also was nominated two other times for an Oscar for The Snake Pit and Gone with the Wind. She also won two Golden Globes and countless other awards, from Emmy’s, Critics’ awards, and other Foreign Awards. She also was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which I have visited twice in my life. If you are ever out in Cali. Go and honor this legend, it’s located at 6762 Hollywood Blvd.  

My Cousin Rachel is a fantastic film to experience. Twilight Time has brought this classic film to a new a generation of movie lovers. This High Definition Blu-ray is a beautiful example of mastery.


My Rating: 5 out of 5

Yet again as always. I am a broken record when it comes to praising the Audio and Video department of these Special Edition Blu-rays. Twilight Time has never let me down in this department. This Black and White beauty has never looked any better. A perfection of High Definition and brilliant crisp audio quality.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1:33:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1952 / B&W


Special Features: Isolated Music Track: Music done by Franz Waxman. Waxman is brilliant. His vast career of music shines. He is one of the best musicians to ever grace cinema. One of his greatest scores was for the film Peyton Place, which Twilight Time honored with a Special Edition Blu-ray yet sadly the isolated music was not given as a special feature on it, which was a huge bummer. He also did the score for another Twilight Time releases that I recently reviewed, Sayonara. My Cousin Rachel is another one of his awesome scores also, and you get it as a special feature alongside some of the effects track. He died way to soon. 60 years old was such a shame. He left a world of excellence for all to hear. His music is still being used today on soundtracks and being composed for motion pictures and TV. Started in 1930 and did so up until his death. A pure German composer that not only created music but allowed the listener to become a part of the music. If there is ever one composer I bring up all the time, it would be Waxman, because Waxman was music. It’s as if the lyrical notes bled from his hands. A pure genius.

My Cousin Rachel Vintage Radio Show
Original Theatrical Trailer


Another classic example of how to treat an older film giving it a solid High Definition transfer. A beautiful crisp imagery and sound quality. Twilight Time has done another wonderful example of Blu-ray perfection. Highly recommend.


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