(aka 'Floodtide')

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USA 1950

A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother's help in hiding the body, and then watches as the brother becomes the prime suspect.

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This film has been neglected, partly because prints are hard to come by, and those existing accentuate the gloominess of the period events and the atmospheric photography. More significantly the second-rung cast respond to the spirit but not the tone of the story about a writer (Hayward) who murders his servant and then implicates his brother (Bowman) in the crime. Adapted by Dinelli - a master of small-scale terror - from a novel, it stays in the house and on the weed-clogged river where the body is disposed of. It tumbles into melodrama after its opening nightmare, but that's not unusual in Lang's films.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 25th, 1950

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DVD Comparison:

 Kino - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Wild Side Video (2-disc) - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 1 - NTSC Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:24:39  1:24:39 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.89 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Bitrate:

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles None French, none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Pierre Rissient (7:39)
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: November 22nd, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 15

Release Information:
Studio: Wild Side Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Conversation with Fritz Lang and William Friedkin (47:32 in English)

• Interview with Pierre Rissient (26:08 in French - no subtitles)

• Interview with Patrick Brion (25:38 in French - no subtitles)
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2007

Custom Digipak (see image below)
Chapters: 15

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Wild Side Region 2 - PAL - June 07': Well it wouldn't be hard to better the 3.51 Gig single-layered Kino... and the new Wild Side have done just that. The pronounced sepia/grey tint of the Kino transfer is exemplified when sitting next to the Wild Side and its superior contrast. The Kino 'combing' (from interlaced source and/or unconverted PAL) is rife. I can't be positive that the Wild Side is not a culprit of standard conversion as there is a bit combing evident as well (alchemist transfer?) but overall it is vastly superior with less visible damage but it's is also single-layered (4.73 Gig). The Wild Side is in English with OPTIONAL French subtitles. Framing tends to have the French DVD show a shade more information - mostly on the left edge.

I loved the, almost 50 minute, Fritz Lang - William Friedkin discussion on disc 2 of the Wild Side. In English with optional French subtitles. Fabulous stuff - worth the disc price alone. There are two other interviews but they are in French only (no subtitles).

Classic Lang - the definitive transfer of the film and a great supplement interview. SOLD!

NOTE: Claude tells us in email "I bought the Wild side release of Lang's 'House by the river''. The one I received from an aftermarket seller is not the custom digipack release as shown on dvd beaver but it comes in a plastic standard keepcase (also 2 discs collector's edition). Pictures on top side of DVDs are different. This is an original Wild Side that I believe was released later. The menu on the discs is exactly the same as pictured on your screen captures. The problem is that I can not remove the French subtitles contrary to what you mentioned and I just hate that. Could it be my player? Usually this Oppo is good at removing them using the remote control. I wrote to Wild Side exposing this issue and asked if it there could be a difference between the 2 releases, but frankly as I know the French, I'm pretty sure they won't answer me."

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Gary on the Kino: I'm getting a little tired of Kino Video - Shoddy transfers, no subtitle options, prints with prevalent damage showing and available at higher-than-average prices. You can see various degrees of combing in captures # 4 and 8, proving this again to be non-progressive - in fact - its not even dual layered - it takes up only 3.51 Gig of disc space. This looks to possibly be from a PAL source and there are scratches and damage marks showing throughout. This is definitely overpriced and I am sick of lining Kino's pockets with my money. No thanks.

Gary W. Tooze



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Distribution Kino Video - Region 1 - NTSC Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL





 

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