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(aka 'Calling Northside 777')

directed by Henry Hathaway
USA 1947

 

Henry Hathaway's "Call Northside 777" is a unique crime drama with a semi-documentary feel pulsing through it. It, perhaps, leans a little more in the realm of a straight 'murder mystery' than a bona-fide classic film noir. A true historical piece, portraying the dark side of Chicago during the Prohibition years through some characters who work in an newsroom. James Stewart as a sharp investigative reporter and fine support from Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb and Helen Walker. Essentially the plot runs as an eyewitness to a police officer murder sends a man to jail for a full 99 years. Eleven years later the convict's mother offers 5 thousand dollars to anyone proving her son is not guilty. The chase is on...

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: February 1st, 1948

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Distribution Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:50:52 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver
• Fox Movietone news (motion picture stars attend premiere)
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2005

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Comments:

Seems on par with the Laura transfer. A little dusty but quite good overall. A few moments of strobing and chroma. Nice of Fox to include the original mono audio with the Stereo bumps in these Noirs. I haven't made it all the way through the commentary yet, but I expect it is the same flavor as "Panic in the Streets". Fox has done some work with these DVDs. Bravo. out of       

Gary W. Tooze





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