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Of all the Fritz Lang films I have seen, this may be the one that I was least enamored with. Gary Cooper seems miscast as an atomic scientist (Prof. Alvah Jesper), who is sent to Europe by the OSS to rescue other scientists who are being forced to cooperate with the Nazi atom bomb project. During his mission, he becomes involved with the Italian resistance, falling for plucky Gina (Lilli Palmer). I've read that Lang originally shot this film emphasizing the dangers of atomic power, but Warner re-edited and it fails to have any direction. It still shows a few Lang-esque moments, but this is only recommended for his most devout following as it really lacks any punch... or his signature panache. out of

Gary W. Tooze

 

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Theatrical Release: September 28th, 1946

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Comparison:

Artisan - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Olive Film - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Artisan - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:46:24  1:46:53.865 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,140,371,024 bytes

Feature: 20,969,594,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 891 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 891 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Artisan

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: May, 2001

Keep Case
Chapters: 23

Release Information:
Studio:
Olive

 

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,140,371,024 bytes

Feature: 20,969,594,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• None)

Blu-ray Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Olive - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (April 2013): The DVD was so poor that the 1080P image quality has no where to go but 'much higher'. The contrast boosting of the SD is readily apparent beside the significantly layered Blu-ray - which is a typical Olive; a single-layered, 'straight' transfer with no extras. There are many light surface scratches on the Olive, which has had no restoration. There is some textured grain. Lilli Palmer looks fabulous in the higher resolution. There are no subtitles nor extras and the audio is unremarkable, but lossless, mono. I still find this an awkward Lang film, but I enjoyed it significantly more in 1080P.  

 

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ON THE DVD: Not a film really representative of Lang and an even poorer quality DVD. This is bottom of the discount barrel. A very inconsistent image with some edge enhancement and contrast boosting - it's vertically stretched. Poor audio, no subtitles, no extras - they should be giving this away. We do NOT recommend unless you can buy for under $5 somewhere.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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