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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Numbers Racket" or "The Story of Tucker's People")

directed by Abraham Polonsky
USA 1948

Dark and brooding, FORCE OF EVIL offers one of Garfield's greatest performances as the cynical, hard-as-nails lawyer. Pearson, in her first of only two films, doesn't really register in a role that could use Shelley Winters or Ida Lupino rather than a June Allyson clone. Her presence is more than offset, however, by Gomez's marvelous performance and that of the suitably slimy Roberts. A tour de force for gifted writer Polonsky, FORCE was the only film he directed before he was blacklisted for being an uncooperative witness before HUAC in 1951; he didn't direct another feature for 21 years. At its best, FORCE achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 25 December 1948 - USA

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Comparison:

 Lions Gate - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL vs. Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Ole Kofoed for the Region 1 captures and thanks to Pieter Boven for the PAL DVD captures!

1) Lions Gate - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE
3) Olive Film - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT
 
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Distribution

Lions Gate

Region 1 - NTSC

Wild Side Video

Region 2 - PAL

 Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:18:28 1:18:51 1:19:04.740
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.27 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.84 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 14,550,304,386 bytes

Feature: 14,256,592,896 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital mono

English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 848 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 848 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English (Closed Captions), and none French (forced) None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Lions Gate

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• No extras!

DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Wild Side Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

 Edition Details:
• Animated menus
• Filmographies of John Garfield & Abraham Polonsky
• Hollywood Remembers: John Garfield (24'), in English with forced French subtitles
• Interview with Pierre Rissient (20'), in French without subtitles
• Interview with Bertrand Tavernier (21'), in French without subtitles
• Photo gallery
• 10 page booklet, in French

DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
Slimline Digipack

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:

1.33:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 14,550,304,386 bytes

Feature: 14,256,592,896 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Martin Scorsese intro (3:33)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 8
 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - June 12':  This is quite a big jump over the less polished SD visuals. The 1080P image is brighter, with more layered contrast and appears significantly sharper. The HD transfer shows some pleasing grain and supports the films deft cinematography to a much higher degree. Olive Films add the original mono track in a clean lossless rendering and add a classy Scorsese discussing and extolling the film (with spoilers) citing it as an important work in influencing many of his works from Mean Streets to Raging Bull. I'm very pleased with how Force of Evil a/v has turned out on Blu-ray and give this important film package a strong recommendation.

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ON THE DVDs: The French Region 2 is horribly yellow/green, flat, dull, contrast boosted, has ghosting and is hazy... and to top it off it has forced French subtitles. It eclipses the Region one in Extras (not hard) but many of the features do not have English subs (and are with French audio). I don't see any extensive cropping on either issue. Notice the total time - this indicates that the Region 2 DVD was taken from a NTSC source and not converted before digitizing to PAL. So it will have inherent artifact problems as well as ghosting (see last capture).  Easy choice as the image on the Region 2 is so dreadful - Region 1 all the way!

One note: I do like the French cover a lot better!

- Gary W. Tooze

 


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1) Lions Gate - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE
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NOTICE: slight incident of 'ghosting' on the Region 2 DVD

 

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Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 2 - PAL

 Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 

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