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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "His Other Woman (UK)" )

directed by Walter Lang
USA 1957

This classic romantic comedy stars Hollywood legends Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Bunny Watson (Hepburn) heads up the research department at a TV network. Richard Sumner (Tracy) arrives to introduce computers into the department. When electricity sparks between Bunny and Richard, Bunny's boyfriend Mike is not happy. As the tension mounts in the office, so do the laughs.

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Theatrical Release: May 1st, 1957 - USA

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 Comparison:

Twentieth Century Fox (Fox Studio Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MDVD120 (Taiwanese) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Thanks to Vincent for all the DVD screen captures !

1) 20th Century Fox (Fox Studio Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) MDVD120 (Taiwanese) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Twentieth Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

MDVD120
Region 0 - NTSC
20th Century Fox Home Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:43:28 1:43:12 1:43:33.207
Video

2.30:1 cropped

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.78 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.95:1 horizontally stretched
Average Bitrate: 4.88 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,359,331,032 bytes

Feature: 32,387,401,728 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Twentieth Century Fox (Fox Studio Classics)

 

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MDVD120

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English Stereo, English Mono, Spanish Mono

English Stereo

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1066 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1066 kbps /
24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English, Spanish, None Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, None English, Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.30:1

Edition Details:
• Movietone News :
• Commentary by Actors Dina Merrill and John Lee
• Still Gallery
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
Amaray

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: Bootleg

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.95:1

Edition Details:

None

DVD Release Date: Unknown
Amaray

Chapters 6

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:

2.35:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,359,331,032 bytes

Feature: 32,387,401,728 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Actors Dina Merrill and John Lee

 Fox Movietone News: "Designer Inspired for New Creations in Desk Set" (1:00)

 Theatrical Trailer (2:19)

Blu-ray Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 24

Comments

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray (November 2013): Firstly, take a look at how much additional information we get on the right side of the frame on Fox's new Blu-ray. Although the squished Asian bootleg still has more on the left edge! (see Marshall's comments below). The new HD transfer is exactly 2.35:1. The new 1080P is characterized by its very blue-teal hue. It appears to even affect the pastels (clothing) although the colors are quite tight. Detail doesn't crisp-up the amount I would have anticipated but the overall image is superior in-motion if you can forget the heavy blue - but it is interesting to see how far it deviates from the two SD releases. Most will find this quite extensive.

 

NOTE: BK says to us in email: "I don't know when it became fashionable to overuse the term "teal" in terms of Blu-ray transfers and to apply that term as a negative, when Desk Set finally looks exactly as it should - it has no teal/blue leaning to it at all - it's just right for the first time - the middle shots are green - you can't think the film ever looked like that - and the color on this Blu-ray is a perfect replication of what this film looks like in dye transfer Technicolor - I owned a print of it and it's exactly the same. And the same goes for The Black Swan, which also replicates perfectly now what it should have always looked like." (Thanks BK!)

 

Fox stick with the original mono again via a DTS-HD Master at 1066 kbps. Cyril J. Mockridge's (The Ox-Bow Incident, The Dark Corner, My Darling Clementine, Nightmare Alley) uncompressed music sounds very supportive for the light romance/comedy. There is a simple Dolby French DUB and subtitle options on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

Fox add nothing new to the supplements - with the Dina Merrill and John Lee commentary still here and a Fox Movietone News tidbit: "Designer Inspired for New Creations in Desk Set" plus a theatrical trailer.

 

Desk Set film is a lot of fun. The Tracy/Hepburn chemistry is at its zenith. The pace is a bit plodding at times but it remains a delightful movie. Those sensitive to the heavy-teal, we have seen in occasional Blu-rays, may find this too distracting - most should enjoy. 

 

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ON THE DVDs: The Twentieth Fox release is at 2.30:1 is cropped on the edges. It is stated on IMDb as a 2.35 film, but either somehow the Taiwanese DVD production company got a hold of much wider print, OR we also zooming in and have some cropping on the top edge by Fox OR MDVD120 used an Open-matte print and cropped it themselves (although this is doubtful as the top frame is in alignment in both sets of captures) . Now, the Taiwanese release is 2.95:1 and is horizontally stretched far beyond its 2.35 ratio, but even with the many mismatched frames of Vincent (a newbie contributor) it is obvious that there is a lot of information missing from the Fox image. The first and second large capture shows it best. Everything is superior on the Fox (even have a commentary), but the Taiwanese does show how much is cropped off the left edge of the US release. Truly bizarre.

I haven't seen the film, but unless director Walter Lang did a lot of fast zooming in, then I suspect that Vincent's captures are showing a real deviation in the 2 prints used. 

NOTE: Don't fret over the mismatched frames: the purpose of this DVD comparison is to show that the Fox has been cropped on the sides, most extensively on the left edge.

 - Gary W. Tooze

The comparisons of Desk Set are intriguing. I wonder if Fox's decision to crop the left side may have been intended to minimize the well-known distortion of the Bausch & Lomb lenses which curved straight edges at the edges of the frame. This flaw in the lens is most apparent at the left edge in comparisons 3, 6, and 7. The flaw is also quite striking in the curve of the girder at the top of the frame in the first comparison.

- Marshall Deutelbaum

 


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3) 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) MDVD120 (Taiwanese) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) MDVD120 (Taiwanese) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

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3) 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Distribution

Twentieth Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

MDVD120
Region 0 - NTSC
20th Century Fox Home Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray