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(aka "The Bank Detective" )

directed by Edward F. Cline
USA 1940

W.C. Fields stars as an unemployed, henpecked drunk who spends most of his time at the Black Pussy Cat café. Things take a turn for the absurd when he unwittingly captures a bank robber and lands a job as a security guard. Written by Fields under the pseudonym Mahatma Kane Jeeves and featuring one of his most hilarious performances, The Bank Dick is an undisputed classic of American comedy.

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Theatrical Release: November 29th, 1940

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DVD Comparison:

Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal (W.C. Fields Comedy Collection Boxset) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Adam Lemke for the Criterion Collection Screen Caps!

(Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Universal (W.C. Fields Comedy Collection Boxset) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Criterion Collection

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:12:06 1:11:59
Video

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

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

Audio Monaural

Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles English, None English hearing impaired, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 

DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
Cardboard sleeve over foldout plastic case

Chapters 18

 

 

Comments Given that the Criterion version is such an old release, it’s actually remarkable how well it compares against the new Universal disc, and serves as a true testimony to how far ahead Criterion was to the rest of the DVD community 4 years ago. That having been said, I have to give a slight edge to the Universal release on all fronts. The Criterion release displays slight dust and scratching in various scenes that are not present in the Universal. Despite some slight contrast boosting, the Universal image is sharp with some excellent black tones. If you don’t own this yet, the Universal W.C. Fields Boxset gives you the most for your money (5 films for appx. $45), making it the obvious one to throw on your tab.

 - Adam Lemke

 





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Universal

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