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U.S.A. 1950

Superb film noir, brilliantly directed by the gifted Ray with Bogart as a talented but volatile Hollywood screenwriter.
 

IN A LONELY PLACE epitomizes star-crossed lovers incapable of escaping environment and circumstances no matter how hard they try. The entire cast is excellent, with Bogart giving an electrifying portrait of a man in torment. Grahame, never more beautiful, is captivating as a woman who has been kept too many times and now has one last chance for real love. Ray's helmsmanship here is superb as he runs the story to a quick conclusion, dwelling upon loving and frightening scenes with the skilled balance of a master juggler, keeping the viewer doubting and believing in Bogart from scene to scene. Many thought the film's central relationship reflected on Ray's unraveling marriage to Grahame. They split when filming was over, and the offbeat Grahame went on to marry Ray's son by a previous marriage, causing shock-waves in the 50s fanzines.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE


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Theatrical Release: 17 May 1950

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DVD Comparison:

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

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Ole Kofoed for the Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Runtime 1:33:12 1:29:30 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.20 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.70 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Columbia Tri-Star

 

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Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono , Dub in French.

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

Subtitles English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, none English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or none.
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• In a Lonely Place - Revisited (Featurette).
• Restoration story.
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia.

DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• In a Lonely Place - Revisited (Featurette).
• Restoration story.
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia.

 

DVD Release Date: January 27, 2003
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Chapters 28

 

Comments Same company (Columbia) - different region - so the menus and extras are the same, but in image quality the NTSC version has a slight advantage. The Region 1 version is minimally sharper and shows some nice film grain. Contrast is good on both discs, but the PAL edition appears to have some manipulation and boosting, but it just may be it is hazy as I don't see any edge enhancement. There is very minor cropping on the Region 1 edition - negligible. I don't know why the NTSC subtitles are in that awful yellow and the PAL versions are in white. I obviously prefer the white. The PAL edition gives more DUB and subtitle options, if you require them. We recommend the region 1 NTSC DVD.  

 - Gary Tooze


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

 

 



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Image:

NTSC

Sound:

PAL (for additional DUB options)

Extras: tie
Menu: tie
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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

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




 

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