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USA 1953

"Somebody's going to pay… because he forgot to kill me." Ruthless criminals, a dedicated honest cop, sultry women and a gripping plot - all the elements of a classic police action-drama are here in full force. Police Sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating the apparent suicide of a corrupt cop, then is suddenly ordered to stop - and The Big Heat is on. Driven to unravel the mystery, Bannion continues probing until an explosion meant for him, kills his wife. He resigns from the force and soon learns that behind it all is the powerful underworld led by Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby) and his cold-blooded henchman, Vince Stone (Lee Marvin). When Stone's girl Debby (Gloria Grahame) makes a play for Bannion, Stone disfigures her face. In revenge, she tells all she knows. Ultimately, Bannion and Stone square off in a life-or-death confrontation.

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Renegade cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate and after his family brought into the picture, his efforts know no bounds. A perfect Noir vehicle with master Fritz Lang at the helm. Glenn Ford is his usual powerful-but-understated character and Gloria Grahame just does it for me. Tumble it together in the dryer and you have a classic Film Noir.  out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 14th, 1953

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Comparison:
 

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC vs.  Sony (5-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Résen (Spain) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Original Columbia Tri-star DVD LEFT

2) Sony Noir Collection Volume 1 SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Résen - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

 

 

 

Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC Sony - Region 1 - NTSC

Twilight Time

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Résen

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:29:30  1:29:27 1:29:33.409 1:29:33.409
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,720,865,234 bytes

Feature: 23,294,521,344 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,903,588,547 bytes

Feature: 22,709,434,368 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate: Columbia

Bitrate: Twilight Time Blu-ray

Bitrate: Resen Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB French (Dolby Digital 2.0)   English (original mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1617 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1617 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
16-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1064 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1064 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps /
24-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1064 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1064 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Portuguese, Korean, None English, None English (SDH), None Spanish, English, Portuguese, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Vintage Advertising lobby cards
• Theatrical trailers

DVD Release Date: December 18th, 2001

Keep Case
Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
All Original: The Sniper (1952) The Big Heat (1953) are 1.33 and 5 Against the House (1955), The Lineup (1958) and Murder by Contract (1958) are anamorphic 1.85:1.

Edition Details:
• Featurette: “Martin Scorsese on The Big Heat” (5:47)
• Featurette: “Michael Mann on The Big Heat” (10:56)

Trailer for The Big Heat

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2009

Custom digi-pak case (see image below)
Chapters: 12 X 5

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 23,720,865,234 bytes
Feature: 23,294,521,344 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Isolated Score Track
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art package

Blu-ray Release Date: May 7rth, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

Release Information:
Studio: Résen

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,903,588,547 bytes

Feature: 22,709,434,368 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• None

Blu-ray Release Date: October 15rth, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 6

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Résen - Region FREE Blu-ray - March 2014: Just a quick note to those that may have missed the Limited Edition Twilight Time release. There is a Spanish - Region FREE - Blu-ray available. It is the exact same running time as the Twilight Time (to the 1/1000th of a second), has the exact same bitrate and DTS-HD Master lossless audio - same subtitle font size and positioning (see sample below). And look at the bitrate graphs! Hmmm...  It has optional foreign language DUBs and subtitle options, crappy menus (see below) and no extras. At current exchange rates it is about $17.00 US. It defaults to the Spanish DUB (but can be changed via the remote.)

I have contacted Twilight Time not knowing whether this has been licensed to Résen (by Sony?)... or not.

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ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE Blu-ray - May 2012: Sweet stuff! Nice grain showing through - a shade of noise on the single-layered transfer but improves in other areas as well - like the more layered contrast. This offers English subtitles (see sample below). lossless sound that definitely improves over the SD version. Extras are Twilight Time's typical 'Isolated Score Track', an original theatrical trailer and the Julie Kirgo liner notes. Nice package art - an easy essential for Noir fans. LOVE Grahame and Ford...

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This DVD was produced at a time when Columbia seemed to be more keen on investing some real effort into their discs. Great image with some good film grain - a few scratches and marks but otherwise a very strong representation. Solid contrast and shadow detail. The DVD is actually Region 1,3 and 4 and has a host of subtitles (awful bright yellow though) so it was made to be sold elsewhere (Asia and Brazil) as well. Audio was clear and consistent throughout. Virtually no extras but at least they tried with the vintage lobby cards. Heck of a film and treated well on DVD. out of    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Subtitle Sample

 

1) Original Columbia Tri-star DVD TOP

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Résen - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

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1) Original Columbia Tri-star DVD TOP

2) Sony Noir Collection Volume 1 MIDDLE

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Original Columbia Tri-star DVD TOP

2) Sony Noir Collection Volume 1 MIDDLE

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Original Columbia Tri-star DVD TOP

2) Sony Noir Collection Volume 1 MIDDLE

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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1) Original Columbia Tri-star DVD TOP

2) Sony Noir Collection Volume 1 MIDDLE

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC Sony - Region 1 - NTSC

Twilight Time

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Résen

Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 





 

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