(aka "First Illusion" or "Out of the Night")

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/ulmer.htm
USA 1945

Teenage gee-whiz kid Jimmy Lydon has been plagued by nightmares since his father's unsolved death by traffic fatality. 'Hamlet ala Hardy Boys' surfaces by 'B' style master Edgar Ulmer (protege of F. W. Murnau no less) . His sleeping precognitions involve a mysterious man who slides into his widowed mother's life. Following his father's wishes he establishes himself as family protector as starry-eyed mother and immature sister are both smitten. What we are handed is Film-Noir with Ulmer's unique charm and low-budget charisma.

 

Most noted for The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945) Ulmer's eccentric films have elevated him to a cult-like status among noir fans. If you can let your suspension of disbelief level drop a few notches you can get more than your money's worth from this clandestine and meager offering.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

Poster

Theatrical Release: 31 March 1945

Reviews      More Reviews      DVD Reviews

DVD Comparison:

All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the All Day Entertainment Screen Caps!

(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

DVD Box Covers

CLICK to order from:

 

CLICK to order from:  

Distribution

All Day Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Roan Group
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:25:21 1:25:00
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

All Day Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

 

Roan Group

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: All Day Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• The King of PRC - featurette
• Trailers for Ulmer films
• Advertising art

DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
Keepcase

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: Roan Group

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Credits
• Film Background

 

DVD Release Date: January 16th, 2001
Keepcase

Chapters 10

 

Comments

I guess the bitrate says it all - both have same audio with no subtitles so we can consider the 6.49 mb/s for the Roan an accurate depiction of the superiority of the image of the All Day Entertainment DVD which is hazy, contrast boosted and is all-around sloppy (yuchhh). Go with the Roan Group DVD - they tend to put out the best quality for public domain films to DVD. The All Day does have a featurette and some Ulmer trailers as extras.

 - Gary Tooze


 

Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 



DVD Menus

(
All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)
 

 


 

Screen Captures

(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 


(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(All Day Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

DVD Box Covers

CLICK to order from:

 

CLICK to order from:  

Distribution

All Day Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Roan Group
Region 0 - NTSC

Hit Counter


Report Card:

 

Image:

Roan Group

Sound:

tie

Extras: All Day Entertainment
Menu: ?




 


 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

Mail cheques, money orders, cash to:    or CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Many Thanks...