(aka 'Before the Fact')

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USA 1941

Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant) is a seemingly rich, care-free playboy. He conveniently meets and marries Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth, a soon-to-be heiress. Charmed by Johnnie's initially, her suspicions about him grow and grow. Firstly his lack of income is revealed. And why does he have such a keen interest in poisons? 

 

Despite its flawed finale (destroyed by financially apprehensive studio executives) 'Suspicion' is a wonderfully entertaining film. Its weakness doesn't deteriorate from its charm and appeal as a top-notch thriller. Half-speed Hitchcock beats out the best of many other directors.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 14th, 1941 - USA

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DVD Comparison:

Kinowelt - Region 2- PAL vs. Universal - Region 2 - PAL vs.  Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC

Big thanks to Ole Kofoed and Pavel Borodin for the Region 2 screen captures!

(Kinowelt - Region 2- PAL LEFT vs. Universal - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Warner -m Region 1- NTSC - RIGHT)

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Also comes in The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection which includes - Strangers on a Train Two-Disc Edition / North by Northwest / Dial M for Murder / Foreign Correspondent / Suspicion / The Wrong Man / Stage Fright / I Confess / Mr. and Mrs. Smith

               

Distribution

Kinowelt

Region 2- PAL

Universal

Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 1- NTSC

Runtime 1:35:01 (4% PAL speedup) Color = 1:39:44 (PAL: NTSC sourced) - B/W = 1:35:21 (4% PAL speedup) 1:39:24
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.10
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: Color = 4.50 B/W = 4.78
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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:

Kinowelt

Bitrate:

Universal (Color)

 

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Universal (b+w)

 

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Warner

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) 

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

Subtitles German, none None English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Documentry "Cary Grant: The Leading Man" (59:35)

• Trailer

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2002
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Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: Universal - Region 2 - PAL

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: 28th April 2003
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Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette "Before the Fact: Suspicious Hitchcock" (21:33)
• Unrestored Theatrical Trailer (1:37)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

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Chapters: 31

 

Comments:
ADDITION - Kinowelt - September 2004 - perhaps slightly superior to the Universal - Region 2 DVD but no where near the image quality of the new Warner. It does have a long featurette on Cary Grant. Stick with the Warner, but pick up the Kinowelt if you are a Cary Grant fan as well.

The Region 2, Universal DVD has both the original black and white version and a colorized print version option.

Wow! - the Region 2 DVD is a mess! The colorized print is cropped (or more likely 'zoomed in') even more than the black and white PAL version on the same disc. The Universal was NTSC sourced and loses an immense amount of image on all sides compared to the stellar Region 1, which, as I have stated- is Criterion-like. Add to that the abominable Region 2 DVD - NO Extras - NO subs and an inconsistent soundtrack. Sharpness, contrast - everything... this choice is too easy - Warner's magnificent Region 1 DVD all the way!

Gary W. Tooze



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(Kinowelt - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Universal (Color) - Region 2 - PAL - 2nd vs. Universal (black and white) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd vs. Warner - Region 1- NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

(Kinowelt - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Universal (Color) - Region 2 - PAL - 2nd vs. Universal (black and white) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd vs. Warner - Region 1- NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Kinowelt - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Universal (Color) - Region 2 - PAL - 2nd vs. Universal (black and white) - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd vs. Warner - Region 1- NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


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Image:

Warner

Sound:

Warner

Extras: Kinowelt
Menu: Warner
DVD Box Covers

 

Also comes in The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection which includes - Strangers on a Train Two-Disc Edition / North by Northwest / Dial M for Murder / Foreign Correspondent / Suspicion / The Wrong Man / Stage Fright / I Confess / Mr. and Mrs. Smith

               

Distribution

Kinowelt

Region 2- PAL

Universal

Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 1- NTSC



 

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