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USA 1937

Fritz Lang's second American film (often regarded as his best from that period) is a bold paradox - diverging from the normal fare of the times. Characters are introduced - they are put to a test - we question - and quickly it is two star-crossed lover's vs. society as they fight an unjust fate. Henry Fonda is perfect inflicting a stern, tempted but struggling body language into his portrayal of parolee Eddie Taylor. Sylvia Sidney plays his ever-faithful gal. It's great to see the birth of Film Noir with Lang's expressionist influences as he waves his camera like a moral wand over the wholesome "Bonnie + Clyde-esq" lovers on the run. Great film, great ending with a spiritual twist right out of left field. I loved it. out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: January 27th, 1937 - USA

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 Image Entertainment -  Region 1 - NTSC vs. Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL vs. Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE vs. Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT)

DVD Box Cover

 

 

Distribution Image Entertainment  Region 1 - NTSC Cinema Club  Region 2,7 - PAL Eagle Films -  Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:25:39   1:22:27 (4% PAL speedup) 1:25:56.041
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.97 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 22,467,220,224 bytes

Feature Size: 22,214,473,728 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.98 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

 

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

Bitrate: NTSC

 

Bitrate: PAL

 

Bitrate: Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)  DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1346 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1346 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None None Italian, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2003

Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Cinema Club

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

DVD Release Date: August 9th, 2004

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Eagle Films
 

Disc Size: 22,467,220,224 bytes

Feature Size: 22,214,473,728 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.98 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

Blu-ray Release Date: February 2nd, 20
11
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: Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - February 2011: This is quite good - the single-layered Italian Blu-ray has a very strong bitrate and appears to come from the same restoration/source as the UK Cinema Club (that now appears out-of-print). It has more grain, less artifacts, and shows some depth. Contrast is very strong. Ay time the Cinema Club now looks a little horizontally stretched beside the Blu-ray, or as a few point out the Eagle Films is vertically compressed (overly thin faces). This may be too distracting for some.

There are no extras worth mentioning (a liner notes booklet in Italian) - audio is imperfect - a bit inconsistent (sometimes hollow and tinny) but is lossless in a respectable 2.0 channel. There are optional Italian subtitles and an untested Italian DUB but you can watch the film without either in the original English. Fans of the film, who can accept the ratio distortion, should consider indulging.

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ADDITION - Cinema Club - June 06 - WOW - what a difference in every area - including price. Let's see the Image Entertainment is cropped, much more visible damage , much weaker contrast and it's double the price. Not a hard decision here - Image Entertainment should be embarrassed by this comparison. Buy the Cinema Club today - GREAT NOIR!

ON THE IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT DVD: Sometimes you can have some understanding and respect for older films that are not top-interest driven being put to DVD. There is little to no profit in any restoration. This is a very poor image and very poor audio regardless of that fact. The picture quality is very soft and hazy and detail and resolution are low. It has compounded that with no Extras. I can only recommend this film, certainly not this DVD which is of Madacy quality at best. Let's all wait and someone someday will put this film out in a better transfer - perhaps in a Fritz Lang Boxset. I give this Image NTSC DVD out of  .

Gary W. Tooze


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(Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL RIGHT)

 

Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


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1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Cinema Region 2,7 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Eagle Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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Distribution Image Entertainment  Region 1 - NTSC Cinema Club  Region 2,7 - PAL Eagle Films -  Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 




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