Now, Voyager (1942) (NTSC)

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Released 17-Apr-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Biographies-Cast-Bette Davis
Listing-Cast & Crew
Audio-Only Track-Scoring Session Musical Cues (6)
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1942
Running Time 117:28
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,4 Directed By Irving Rapper

Warner Home Video
Starring Bette Davis
Paul Henreid
Claude Rains
Gladys Cooper
Bonita Granville
John Loder
Ilka Chase
Lee Patrick
Franklin Pangborn
Case ?
RPI $34.95 Music Max Steiner

Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Now, Voyager is the story of one woman's struggle to overcome mental illness and lead a normal and fulfilling life.

    Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is the only daughter in a successful Boston family. Charlotte has grown up under the influence of her domineering mother who has made all her decisions and controlled all aspects of her life. When she suffers a nervous breakdown, Charlotte is sent away to a country retreat to recover and it is here that she is finally able to begin to establish her own identity. After leaving the country retreat, Charlotte sets out on a South American cruise and meets Jeremiah Duveaux Durrance (Paul Henreid), a married man with two daughters. As their time together progresses, Charlotte forms an intimate relationship with Jeremiah and one of his daughters whose life closely parallels her own.

    This movie is considered by many to be one of the best films ever made by Bette Davis and after viewing it it becomes clear why. This is an interesting story, adapted from a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty, with a well-written script and excellent performances. If you are a fan of Bette Davis or classic movies in general you should definitely take a look at Now Voyager.

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Transfer Quality


    The full frame NTSC transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    The transfer is extremely sharp throughout and always displays a high level of detail. As with most high quality black and white transfers, the shadow detail displayed is excellent with very high levels of detail visible in the darker sections of the image. No low level noise was detected during the transfer.

    This is a black and white transfer and the image displays a uniform greyscale throughout with no colouration present at any time.

    A small number of Gibbs artefacts may be seen around hand written text displayed at 36:45. This only lasts for a very short period and is not distracting to the viewer. Some minor aliasing is present throughout the transfer, such as at 1:58, 4:55, 7:11, 8:00 and 11:50.

    Considering the age of this film, very few film artefacts are present. Some may be seen at 3:38, 9:42, 22:24, 27:33 and 63:48 but are all very minor. An obvious use of stock footage may be seen at 40:15 which does contain a high number of film artefacts but it is only of short duration.

    A hair may be seen at 36:24 but only appears for a few seconds.

    Four sets of subtitles are included on this disc. I extensively sampled the English stream and found them to be consistently accurate at all times. A set of English closed captions is also provided for the transfer.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    A single Dolby Digital 192 kbps 1.0 track is provided on the disc.

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The score by Max Steiner won the 1942 Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Comedy or Dramatic Picture. This score makes its presence felt throughout and its orchestral tracks are very typical of Max Steiner's work of the time.

    The surround and subwoofer channels were not utilised by this soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The non-animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Cast and Crew

    This is a single page listing the main cast and crew members. A short three page biography and select filmography for Bette Davis is also provided.

Scoring Session Music Cues

    This is a collection of musical segments from the film's score presented as a Dolby Digital 2.0 track. The following musical segments are provided:

Trailer (2:15)

    The theatrical trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.


    This is a single page stating that the film won the Academy Award for Best Score for a Drama or Comedy in 1942.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This is the identical disc as released previously in Region 1.


    Now, Voyager is an enjoyable classic movie that is justifiably considered one of Bette Davis's best films.

    Considering the age of the film, the video transfer presented is of excellent quality.

    The mono soundtrack is adequate and reflects the age of the film.

    The minimal extras are a little disappointing and would have been improved by the inclusion of an expanded collection of biographies and filmographies.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Saturday, March 30, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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Best B/W transfer to DVD ever. - Con