Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

directed by Rudolph Maté
U.S. 1950

Delirious descent into the maelstrom of '40s film noir as a small town businessman trades dull days and a loyal lover for a fling in the jazz nights of San Francisco. How he becomes enmeshed in the crueller, deadlier corruption of LA, solving the case of his own murder, involves a succession of ingenious twists too good to give away. Maté shoots fast and always to the point as he drives his protagonist through endless doorways and rooms which are like trapdoors and boxes in an accelerating nightmare. Maté, whose credits as cameraman include Vampyr, Foreign Correspondent and Gilda, holds it all together with no trouble, and without the slightest appeal to art gives the images the intensity of a dying man's last story. Breathless, indeed.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: April 30th, 1950 - USA

Reviews        More Reviews        DVD Reviews

DVD Comparison:

Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Alpha, Gotham Distribution - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Image - Region 0 - NTSC vs.  Siren - Region All - PAL vs. Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Bill Coleman, Ole of DVD-Basen and Gregory Meshman for the screen Caps !!

1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

Roan Group

Region 0 - NTSC

Alpha, Gotham Distribution

Region 0 - NTSC

Image

Region 0  - NTSC

Siren
Region All - PAL
Wild Side Video
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:23:28 1:23:24 1:23:48 1:23:37 1:23:33
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.56 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.30
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.21
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Roan

 

Bitrate:

Alpha

 

Bitrate:

Image

Bitrate:

Siren

Bitrate:

Wild Side

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles None None None None French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Roan Film Group

 

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

•introduction by Beverley Garland

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2001
Keepcase
Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Alpha, Gotham Distribution

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

•none

DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
Keepcase
Chapters 6

Release Information:
Studio: Image

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

•none

DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2000
Snapper Case

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Siren
 
Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• "The Fast and the Furious" (1954) and "Detour" is included in the Box Set.

 

DVD Release Date: February 3, 2003
Fold out Box Set.

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Wild Side Video
 
Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

None

 

DVD Release Date: January 5th. 2010
Transparent Keep case

Chapters 12

 

Comments: ADDITION (Wild Side Video - August 2010) - Ugghhh - the Wild Side Video is dual-layered but still an incorrect standards conversion (unconverted NTSC - see running time - on a PAL encoded disc)  with all those associated deficiencies (ghosting/combing, artifacts etc.). No extras. I'd still get the Roan since a Blu-ray seems unlikely.

NOTE: The French subs are not 'burned-in" but some players may 'force' them.

****

ADDITION (Roan Group - Jan -05) - This Roan release must have slipped through our radar. Big thanks to Bill for alerting us to it. It looks to be on par image-wise with the Image Entertainment release, with perhaps a better grey-scale. The Image Entertainment DVD appears to have superior contrast and shows some film grain. Looking closely (see 'zoomed in' captures at bottom) I would give a slight edge to the Image disc for sharpness (look behind his ear), although it is very close. The Image disc is slightly cropped. Overall, the Roan is a little cheaper, has better extras and if you don't mind the lower contrast then that is what I recommend overall. True fans may feel the extra bucks are worth the Image Entertainment disc, even though it is marginally cropped.

***

 

ADDITION (July - 04) - Again the Alpha edition is quite poor. Hazy tinge over the image. No extras. It is also Picture Boxed like a silent film. Very poor resolution. Stick with the Image  Entertainment again.

****

The Image Entertainment version claims to be "beautifully restored from the Producer's negative" and in comparison to the Siren PAL version, I would tend to find that statement very true. Neither edition has any advanced audio options, or subtitles or elaborate menu system. There is quite a strong difference in the picture quality though and we have some evidence that when the transfer is telecine'd in one standard, if it is not redone for the opposing standard we have a "ghosting" or "blurring" effect in motion scenes that we were previously aware of in PAL ->NTSC conversions. We now know it goes both ways. The time similarity ( no PAL speedup for the Siren) is an indication that the PAL version did not do their own transfer and it shows up with artifacts and hazy resolution. Buy the Image Entertainment DVD until someone really puts some effort into releasing this classic Noir film with substantial Extras.  

 - Gary W. Tooze

 


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

 



DVD Menus

(Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC 2nd vs.
Image - Region 0 - NTSC - 3rd vs.  - Siren - Region All - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL

 

 

 


 

Screen Captures

 

1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

NOTE: See on the Siren and Wild Side releases we have NTSC->PAL "Ghosting" 


1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


1) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC SECOND

3) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Siren - Region All - PAL - FOURTH

5) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


 

Roan Group - zoomed in

 

 

Image Entertainment DVD zoomed in...

 

 


Hit Counter


Report Card:

 

Image:

tie - Roan / Image

Sound:

-

Extras: Roan
Menu: Roan

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

Roan Group

Region 0 - NTSC

Alpha, Gotham Distribution

Region 0 - NTSC

Image

Region 0  - NTSC

Siren
Region All - PAL
Wild Side Video
Region 2 - PAL

 



 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

Mail cheques, money orders, cash to:    or CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Many Thanks...