Tunes of Glory appears in an aspect ratio of 1.66:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was a pleasing image.
Sharpness was strong. Only minor softness ever appeared, mainly via a few wider elements, so the majority of the film offered positive delineation.
I saw no jagged edges and shimmering wasn’t a problem. Source flaws stayed absent, while edge haloes didn’t appear, and with a nice layer of grain, the transfer showed no signs of intrusive noise reduction.
Colors appeared appealing. The movie exhibited a fairly earthy palette that remained warm and full.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good clarity and delineation. This was a consistently fine presentation.
For its era, the movie’s LPCM monaural soundtrack worked fine, and dialogue sounded clear and acceptably natural. In a manner typical for the era, speech seemed a little thin at times, but I detected no concerns related to intelligibility or edginess. Effects were also clear and decently realistic, and they lacked problems related to distortion.
Music seemed to be similarly clean and bright. The mix delivered no substantial dynamic range, but it replicated the score with acceptable accuracy.
I heard no concerns related to background noise or source flaws. Overall, the soundtrack to Tunes served the movie in a more than adequate manner.
A few extras flesh out the set, and we start with an Interview with Director Ronald Neame. Recorded in 2003, this 23-minute, 23-second chat looks at cast/performances, music, and other production areas. Neame gives us a solid little overview of the film.
Next comes 2002 Interview with Actor John Mills. An audio-only piece, it spans 14 minutes, 27 seconds and includes Mills’ thoughts about his role/performance and other aspects of the film. Mills covers the material well.
From a 1973 episode of BBC’s Film Extra, we find an Interview with Actor Alec Guinness. The reel lasts 15 minutes, 22 seconds and goes over his life and career.
Guinness touches on Tunes briefly – for about a minute around the 11-minute mark – but he mostly discusses other domains. This becomes a brief but enjoyable piece.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we conclude with a booklet. It mixes credits, art and an essay from film scholar Robert Murphy. Though not one of Criterion’s most substantial booklets, it still finishes matters in a pleasing way.
With a lot of notable talent involved, Tunes of Glory seems like it should become a winner. Unfortunately, the movie tends toward stiff melodrama and it fails to connect. The Blu-ray brings very good picture along with adequate audio and a few bonus features. Tunes doesn’t live up to expectations.