directed by André De Toth
USA 19


Filled with the strength of the Film Noir genre, Hungarian director De Toth's 1944, Dark Waters has abundant atmospheric assistance with the N'awlins ultra-wet, vine covered landscape brimming over with old-south plantation charm and people wearing 3-piece suits for breakfast. Reminiscences of Lang and Hitch fill the 90 minutes and although I found Merle Oberon fraught with the same deer-in-headlights expression too often while the support players were all top notch - Franchot Tone as the smitten Doctor, Thomas Mitchell as the seedy mastermind and Elisha Cook Jr. as a see-thru lothario/henchman on the make. This is an intelligent and hidden Noir gem that deserves an audience. Great late-night viewing. out of     

Gary W. Tooze



Theatrical Release: September 21st, 1944

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Distribution Image Entertainment  - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:42 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.1 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

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Studio: Image Entertainment Home Video

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Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: June 1st, 1999

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Chapters: 12



Typical fare from early release Image Entertainment - no subtitles, only Chapter navigation as a menu and tube-watchable image with fine grain visible in spots. Chroma reared its ugly head briefly but I think the biggest drawback was the audio with a consistent background hiss. Still we have become very accepting as Noir-hungry aficionados and I would say this is superior to many I own and rewatch of this genre. out of

Gary W. Tooze


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