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(aka 'Angoisse")

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USA 194
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A mix of thrills, psychology and pathology. In 1903, Doctor George Brent meets a friendly older lady in train. She tells him that she is going to visit her brother Lukas and his lovely young wife Lamarr. In New York Brent hears that his train companion suddenly died. He meets Lamarr-Lukas, gets suspicious of Lukas's treatment of his wife and his trying to pass her for crazy. A mixup in bags reveals the diary of the deceased lady, confirms Brent's doubts. He tries to save Lamarr, whom he now loves.


Semi-oddly, Lukas had married the young girl knowing she was not in love with him. Before this, he improbably took her to Europe to educate her and place her in social whirl. Now, in New York he becomes obsessed with jealousy for Lamarr and a young writer who is openly crazy about her, kills the young man and would do the same to Brent and Lamarr were it not for Brent's sleuthing.

Albert Dekker, as Brent's bohemian artist pal, and other supporting roles, are well played. The film is solidly directed by Jacques Tourneur who graduated from B movies (most of them much admired today) to A features with this picture.

The movie is nicely atmospheric, with fine, moody photography and production design, as well as a good "haunted place" music score.

Excerpt from Edwin Jahiel's review posted HERE.

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Theatrical Release: December 18th, 1944 - USA

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DVD comparison:

Éditions Montparnasse (re-release) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Thanks to Gregory Meshman - Screen captures of the Montparnasse courtesy of Herb Kane

1) Éditions Montparnasse (re-release) - Region 2 - PAL LEFT
2) Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC
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DVD Box Cover

Distribution Éditions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:53 1:30:50
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.68 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.91 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles French, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: RKO / Éditions Montparnasse


Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2004

Slim Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September, 2009
Keep Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

On the WARNER: I'm not sure why Herb Kane never added any captures with Hedy Lamarr, but she looks typically beautiful in this film and gives a strong, nuanced performance as a wife in distress slowly loosing her mind. Warner Archive release is very strong, but being sourced from an unrestored print, it is marred by speckling. At least, it doesn't have the tint that is on region 2 release, and it is not as blurry. The only sound option is in English and no subtitles or closed captioning, as typical for Warner Archive disc.

 - Gregory Meshman

ON THE MONTPARNASSE: Image looks a little bedraggled and very green - typical PAL of editions of older Hollywood flicks - heavy, deep contrast with slight blurriness. Some chroma on George Brent's jacket and quite poor overall. Original audio with an optional French DUB or French subtitles. No extras and only one menu again. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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2) Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 

 


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2) Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 

 


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Hedy on Warner

 

DVD Box Cover

Distribution Éditions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC




 

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