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directed by Henry Hathaway
USA 1953

Belated honeymooners Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage only to find that Rose (Marilyn Monroe) and George Loomis (Joseph Cotten) have not yet checked out. Though the Cutlers temporarily take another cabin, the lives of the two couples are bound together for the next two days. Polly discovers that Rose is having an affair and that George, though emotionally unstable, has good reason for his jealous rage. George accurately suspects that Rose openly flaunts her sexuality to make him act crazy in front of witnesses. This is part of Rose's plan: her lover Patrick (Richard Allan) will kill George and make it look like suicide or a disappearance. Instead, George kills Patrick, and he returns to kill Rose, but finds Polly instead. As she had been sympathetic to him, he asks her not to tell anyone that he is alive so he can simply disappear. But, realizing that he wants to kill Rose, Polly informs the police. What follows is escalating terror, with George stalking Rose, Rose desperately trying to leave town, the police searching for both of them, and finally George and Polly adrift in a boat heading for the precipice. In Henry Hathaway's Technicolor film noir, Niagara Falls serves as an apt metaphor for the destructive power of out-of-control carnal and murderous obsessions.

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Theatrical Release: January 21st, 1953

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Runtime 1:28:45 1:28:51.576
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,969,115,300 bytes

Feature: 29,288,810,496 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 32.50 Mbps

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio English 3151 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3151 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1078 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1078 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
* DTS Audio Japanese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailers
• Restoration Comparison
• Still Gallery

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 2004

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Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,969,115,300 bytes

Feature: 29,288,810,496 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 32.50 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Trailers

Blu-ray Release Date:
July 30th, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 24

 

 

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ADDITION: Fox Blu-ray (July 2013): WOW - this looks great - those colors have really shifted from the duller SD to be incredibly bright and vibrant. It's dual-layered with a very high bitrate - I can't say much more than simply looking at the captures. Audio is lossless and Lionel Newman's Kiss and the original score by Sol Kaplan (1953's Titanic) sound exquisite! There are optional subtitles and only trailers as an extra! It's Region FREE! One of my three favorite Marilyns - a super Noir and strongly recommended!

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Like the other DVDs in the 2 Marilyn Collections - this image is very good - fairly tight lines, good colors complimented with some film grain. I approve of the subtitles, and the audio is strong with stereo and mono in English as well as a French DUB offered. Extras are a bit slight again, but the restoration feature is often an interesting distraction. Include in this a dynamite cheap price and its a no-brainer purchase. out of     

Gary W. Tooze


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