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directed by Gerd Oswald
USA 1956

... A Kiss Before Dying was a trouble-free production and featured a solid supporting cast that included Mary Astor, Joanne Woodward, Jeffrey Hunter, George Macready, and Virginia Leith. Astor, in particular, is memorable as the psychopath's mother. It was her first film role since Any Number Can Play in 1949 and in her autobiography, A Life on Film, she reported that an unnamed co-star in the film actually said to her at their introduction, "Mary Astor! I thought you were dead!"

Joanne Woodward, who has the smaller, more unfortunate role of the unwitting victim in the film, was at the beginning of her screen career. A Kiss Before Dying was her second movie and she wasn't at all happy about it. In fact, she once referred to it as her "worst picture." Woodward was very outspoken about her dislike of Hollywood and its emphasis on glamour but she did agree to appear at a New York promotion for A Kiss Before Dying where she struck pin-up poses in a sexy, tight-fitting sleeveless dress

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DVD REVIEW: MGM Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MGM Home Entertainment Region 1 - NTSC 
Runtime 1:34:36  minutes
Video 2.25:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 5.22 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: MGM Home Entertainment

Audio English, French, Spanish (2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: M G M, Inc
Theatrical Release Date: June 12, 1956

Edition Details:
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)

• Widescreen anamorphic 2.25:1 aspect ratio

Letterboxed non-anamorphic trailer (2:15)

Contains the Pan and Scan version on the opposite side of the DVD

DVD Release Date:  December 3rd, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Comments: Another solid DVD from MGM! Anamorphic, Vibrant colors, adequate black levels. The original mono sound is acceptable. I saw some pulsing images in the middle of the film, but nothing untoward. There are no real extras unless you include a non-anamorphic trailer which ends with a huge spoiler for the film. Interesting film with adept performance from Wagner. Nice to see the 2.25 aspect ratio treated well.out of .

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