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USA 1947

Whether by fluke or design, joining the talents of director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton resulted in one of the most potent creative teams in movie history – certainly in the film noir cycle whose look and energy they helped forge (Alton's contributions are so innovative and striking that they amount to co-direction). Working for Eagle-Lion Studios on Poverty Row, they took a routine agents-in-peril plot packed with propaganda about Our Tax Dollars At Work in Washington and turned it into a memorable film that's little short of extraordinary -- at least at times.

excerpt from telegonus' comments on Imdb HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 15th, 1947 - USA

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VCI Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Wild Side Vidéo - Region 0 - PAL

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Runtime 1:32:06 1:32:16
Video

1.331 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.62 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.75 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio English (2.0 Mono)

English (2.0 Mono)

Subtitles None French (forced)
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Comes in Boxset with "Raw Deal"
• Film Noir Theatrical trailers (2:12)
• Featurette - "Dark Reflections" (6:47)

DVD Release Date: April 30th, 2002
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Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Wild Side Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction by Jean-Claude Missiaen
• Documentary one on The History of Film Noir in the Forties and Fifties (44 min)
• Gallery of photographs
• Booklet of 12 pages signed Philippe Garnier 

DVD Release Date: February 4th, 2004

Digipak
Chapters: 12

 

Comments: Hmmm... Hard to know what to think, but my guess is that these are from the same print (same damage marks), and that the French DVD has superior encoding, but is very pale and washed out. It also appears that it may have been taken from an NTSC source without proper conversion for PAL. So we have some ghosting on the NTSC as it has not encoded each frame individually (PS) and a soft pallet on the Wild Side. I suspect that the grainer (that's good) VCI has had some contrast boosting, and is not really superior in that department with slightly artificially richer black levels. It also looks as if the VCI is slightly sharper.

NOTE The VCI comes with another disc - Anthony Mann's "Raw Deal" reviewed HERE. For the money this DVD is too good to pass up!

 - Gary W. Tooze


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



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