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Directed by John Ford
USA 1935

 

The legendary John Ford directs a sparkling screenplay by Jo Swerling and Robert Riskin, The Whole Town’s Talking (1935), starring Edward G. Robinson in double roles as a mild-mannered clerk and a notorious gangster who happen to look remarkably alike. Trouble, of course, ensues, along with a delightful screwball romance featuring the scrumptious Jean Arthur. Based on a story by W. R. Burnett, who also wrote the source material for Robinson’s breakthrough film, Little Caesar (1931).

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Clerk Arthur Jones (Edward G. Robinson) lives a dull life until someone realizes that he looks like gangster "Killer" Mannion (also Robinson). After Jones is brought in by the police and his identity is verified, he is given a note to assuage any other suspicious policeman. Jones is hired by a newspaper to write about Mannion and starts dating Wilhelmina Clark (Jean Arthur). However, when Jones returns home one night, Mannion is waiting and demands the note so that he can roam freely.

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Theatrical Release: February 22nd, 1935

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Review: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:27.583         
Video

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,457,029,927 bytes

Feature:  23,421,093,888 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 Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1987 kbps 2.0 / 96 kHz / 1987 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Twilight Time

 

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,457,029,927 bytes

Feature:  23,421,093,888 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

None

Liner Notes booklet


Blu-ray Release Date:
March, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

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

Twilight Time bring John Ford's The Whole Town's Talking to a bare-bones Blu-ray edition. It's on a single-layered disc in 1080P with a high bitrate. It looks quite strong with no damage, a very thick texture-heavy image - I love the fashion and art-deco-esque architecture - and suspect it is a strong representation of this 1935 production. 

The audio is transferred via a 16-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 channel mono track and the sound exhibits the limitations of the era with imperfect audio - no where near as crisp as we would get even a few years later. However it is consistent and dialogue audible. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE
Blu-ray.

For the first time in a long while Twilight Time provide no extras - no commentary, no isolated score, no trailer - nothing except the usual liner notes. Frankly, I think the price should be more reflective of this bare-bones status.

This is a VERY enjoyable film - with a serious side mixed with humor - great performances and, importantly, Ford's impressive storytelling ability. The
Blu-ray transfer is excellent but the package may be geared more to John Ford compleists or those who appreciate the era (or like me - those who are obsessed with it).

Gary Tooze

 


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