Blu-ray Review: BLUE DENIM

BLUE DENIM is based on the 1958 Broadway play by James Leo Herlihy and William Noble. The movie was directed by Philip Dunne from a screenplay he co-wrote with Edith Sommer and stars Carol Lynley, Brandon De Wilde, Macdonald Carey, Marsha Hunt, Warren Berlinger and Roberta Shore. The score is by Bernard Herrmann.

Writer-director Philip Dunne, collaborating with Edith Sommer on an adaptation of James Leo Herlihy and William Noble’s play, brings us Blue Denim (1959), an echt-Fifties “issue movie” about a pair of teenagers (Carol Lynley, Brandon de Wilde) who find themselves facing the horror of an unwed, unwanted pregnancy. These are “good kids,” for whom things go wrong, to the dismay of parents, friends, educators, all of whom, somehow, have failed to educate these children: babies having babies, indeed. Highlighted by a score from the singular Bernard Herrmann.
Starring: Carol Lynley, Brandon De Wilde, Macdonald Carey, Marsha Hunt, Warren Berlinger, Roberta Shore.

This 1959 coming-of-age drama follows Arthur (Brandon de Wilde) and Janet (Carol Lynley), two teenagers in love who find themselves in a bad situation when Janet ends up pregnant after one careless night together. They reach out to their parents for some help and advice but come away with no answers from the distant parental figures who are more concerned about social gatherings than their own children. Arthur and Janet even try to get married but they’re quickly turned away for being too young. This leaves the two kids with no other choice than to handle this emotional situation on their own so the search for someone who can perform an abortion ends up coming into play – a procedure that’s also illegal during this time.

The kids find a person who performs this controversial operation but Janet has to go on it alone because that’s part of the rules these shady people have. This is finally where the parents get a startling wake up call and listen because Arthur is having a hard time dealing with it and he is finally able to tell them what is happening. Needless to say, the parents race against the clock to save Janet before she aborts her unborn baby and they find her just in the nick of time. Arthur and Janet go through so much together in such a short amount of time but in the end Janet keeps the baby and Arthur mans up and joins her for their new beginning.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Blue Denim by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. This is a pristine high-def upgrade by the Twilight Time  gang.

Bottom line is, Blue Denim is definitely a movie that touches on a controversial subject that divides so many people to this very day, so I can only imagine how they dealt with it back in the 50s because the word “abortion” was probably like taboo because this was a much simpler time. Director Philip Dunne masterfully brings this story about babies having babies to life and never even has to bring up the “a-word” – not even once. Carol Lynley and Brandon De Wilde deliver great performances as the two likable kids going through this emotional situation. These are good teenagers who sleep together just one time but that was enough for her to wind up pregnant. As serious of a subject as this is, there’s also an innocence to this movie or maybe an innocence lost is a better way to describe it. These two teenagers decided to sleep together one time and now they to have to deal with the consequences. Blue Denim is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) B&W / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD MasterAudio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include Twilight Time’s isolated music track and the original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Music Track
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (03:02)


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