directed by John Cromwell
U.S.A. 1947

Faced with the synthetic Scott instead of genuine Bacall, Bogart reacts with a hint of self-parody. Or maybe it's just that the film, cast in flashback form with a guilt-ridden narration by Bogart, tries too hard to maintain its note of doomed noir romance. Excellent hardboiled shenanigans as Bogart's ex-paratrooper sets out with a 'Geronimo!' on his lips to investigate the disappearance of his buddy, uncovering a web of duplicities at the centre of which is the alluringly equivocal Scott. But the relationship never quite convinces, leading to a faintly embarrassing emotional climax as death conjures one last 'Geronimo!' Highly enjoyable all the same.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 2 January 1947

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Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL

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Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Runtime 1:40:24 1:36:24 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.94 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Columbia Tri-Star

 

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Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono , Dubs in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Subtitles English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, none English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish or none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Vintage advertising (3 pictures).
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia
• 3 Trailers to other films from Columbia

DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Vintage advertising (3 pictures).

 

DVD Release Date: January 27, 2003
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Chapters 28

 

Comments As in our "In a Lonely Place" comparison the same is true - image quality on the NTSC version is superior with more detail and film grain. Yellow subtitles again on the Region 1 (why?). The NTSC seems to have another extra that the PAL edition doesn't - some trailers. I suspect the PAL edition to have some contrast boosting. There are more subtitle and DUB options on the PAl edition, but we recommend the NTSC again for the better image.

 - Gary Tooze

 

 


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Extras: NTSC
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