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USA 1937

 

DEAD END is an engrossing take of life on the mean streets of New York City in the 1930s, where it's easier to starve to death than make an honest wage. Directed by the impeccable William Wyler, this tale of class and poverty and how they shape human destiny is more enjoyable than one would expect. It was definitely better than I thought. Not much went into my decision to see this movie. I'm a pretty big Bogey fan and Wyler made more hits than stinkers, so I figured it was worth a look. It made me glad I wasn't around in the 30s. Dirt just oozes off the screen. DEAD END is about as far away from an MGM musical of the same period as Pluto is from Earth. This no holds barred account sometimes brings the lives of these characters into too sharp a focus. Though there are many characters and several different subplots going on, Wyler weaves them into an intricate web, giving each story and character a chance to shine. You get to know and care for these people, wishing more than anything that life would give them a break.


Excerpt from the Crazy For Cinema review found HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: 27 August 1937

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DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Vincent Lacomme for the Review!

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MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:31:56
Video

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5,71 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.

Bitrate

Audio English 2.0 Mono, DUB: Spanish 2.0 Mono
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:41) (no subtitles)

DVD Release Date: 8 March 2005
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Chapters 20

 

 

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The transfer looks a little soft... and typical of MGM - no worthy extras. I have waited a long while for this to come to DVD and because of the reasonable price suggest ordering, but I wish some care had been put into the transfer. It looks a little hazy although black levels are very strong. There is original audio, as well as a Spanish DUB and some ghastly yellow subtitle options. Other than that we have only a trailer as an extra, but as we said the price is right. I suppose you can't have everything.

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