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(aka 'Outbreak)

directed by Elia Kazan
USA 1950

 

Elia Kazan's 'Panic in the Streets' has Richard Widmark playing Dr. Clinton Reed of the US Public Health Service who is chasing down a 'carrier' named Blackie (typical Jack Palance roles). He is one of a remaining few carrying the pneumonic plague, a deadlier airborne version of bubonic plague. Time become their greatest enemy tracking down Blackie in the untrusting streets of New Orleans. A very unique and worthy Film Noir thriller. out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1950

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Distribution Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC Fox - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:03  1:36:13.809
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,316,114,293 bytes

Feature: 20,051,521,536 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.79 Mbps

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 2065 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2065 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, Spanish, None English (SDH), Spanish, None
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Release Information:
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 noir trailers

DVD Release Date:
March 15th, 2005
Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver

• Jack Palance From Grit to Grace (44:11)

• Richard Widmark: Strength of Character (44:13)
• Trailer (2:13)

Blu-ray Release Date: March 26th, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Fox Region 'A' Blu-ray - (March 2013) - The new Fox 1080P of Panic in the Streets retains the thick appearance. Of all the Fox Film Noir DVDs - this always looked the heaviest - and this same presentation has moved to the Blu-ray. Like the SD, it looks muddy and gritty - which I can only presume is accurate. DNR? - It doesn't look like that to me. The visuals are dark, contrast is rich but you won't find any pristine crispness in the detail. There is a shade more information on the sides and maybe a bit less in the tip and bottom. The image quality is consistent and many will appreciate the denser textures. It is totally suitable to the black cinema.

Alfred Newman's score sounds wonderful via the lossless DTS-HD master 2.0 channel. He is one of the best Noir film composers and it has suspenseful depth and presence via the uncompressed. There are optional subtitles on the region 'A"-locked disc.

We get two new extras along with the excellent 2005 Ursini and Silver commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver. There is a good documentary by Jeanne Begley entitled Jack Palance From Grit to Grace. It runs almost 45 minutes and has input from many of his co-performers (Billy Crystal, Edward James Olmos, Anthony Quinn, Widmark etc.) and was originally on TV's 'Biography' program from 2001. There is another or equal length called Richard Widmark: Strength of Character by Victoria Price also from Biography - but a year earlier. It has Karl Malden, Eddie Muller, Sidney Poitier, Robert Wagner and others discussing the actors strengths. There is also a theatrical trailer.

The commentary and new 1.5 hours worth of video supplements - add to the film-like appearance of the Blu-ray and mark this as a must-own for fan of Film Noir and/or Kazan.

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ON THE DVD: Again, just shy of sharp, this release has a bit of softness. Funny, If I reviewed this a year ago I would be more overjoyed, but I think we have been spoilt lately with so many devastating Warner and Criterion releases. I don't see any heavy manipulation, it IS HD-sourced, so I shouldn't be complaining too much. Commentary is adequate. A decent job by Fox on an exquisite film noir.    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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