directed by Arthur Lubin
USA 1949

 

As far as 'modest' Film Noirs go, this is one of the best. A simple plot idea is twisted to the max for late 1940's audiences. Millionaire-industrialist, cool as a cucumber-bigshot, Walter Williams (Brian Donlevy) has an unscrupulous young wife (Helen Walker) who is out to see him dead. With the help of her nefarious lover/boyfriend, enlisted for the deed - the plan crumbles to pieces and not only does Williams survive a bash on the noggin, but the would-be culprit wrecks himself up in a fireball with the intended targets auto. Now everyone thinks Williams IS dead. After figuring what has transpired Walter has settled as an auto mechanic in a gentle quiet village leaving his mystery to a dogged, close-to-retirement detective, Lt. Tom Quincy (Charles Coburn). Walter succumbs to 'doing-the-right-thing' and returns with garage owner and boss/girlfriend Ella Raines (Marsha Peters), the sweet and sexy girl-next-door. Trouble is now HE has been charged with murder of the hidden lover, thanks to his wife's abilities to lie. He needs assistance from ex-housekeeper Su Lin (silent screen goddess Anna Mae Wong). Impact is one of those clandestine gems that you love to unravel. A true Noir masterpiece.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: March 20th, 1949 - USA

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Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:51:16 1:50:48
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.98 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

Subtitles None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2000
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Chapters 16

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Studio: Alpha

Aspect Ratio:
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DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2003
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Chapters 6

 

 

 

 

Comments

The Image Entertainment release is slightly cleaner and sharper showing some film grain where the Alpha is a bit soft with a sepia/blue haze. Overall the Image Entertainment is better, but it will be comparative depending on your pocketbook - the Alpha is very cheap. I really like the film and the Image Entertainment was the way to go for me, those with just a passing interest in Noir may prefer the Alpha edition and use the $ savings elsewhere. Ohhh, the Alpha is slightly cropped on the left edge.

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