S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
The first major Hollywood film to tackle heroin addiction, The Man With The
Golden Arm shocked contemporary audiences, defying a strict production code
and eliciting Oscar-nominated work from composer Elmer Bernstein and star Frank
Sinatra. Martin Scorsese has called it, “the first honest depiction of drug
addiction on American screens,” and even today, the honesty is harrowing.
Theatrical Release: December 14th, 1955
DVD Review: Hart Sharp Video - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Hart Sharp Video - Region 0 - NTSC|
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Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, French, None|
by film historian, Ken Barnes
This movie is in the Public Domain (I have it as an extra on a Disc Plaza Suddenly DVD). For the most part major studios don't bother with PD stuff - their problem is not getting rights to produce films to DVD - their problem is selling enough DVDs to cover costs for restorations, decent extras and transfers. So their competition will be outfits like Madacy Entertainment or Geneon that can slap it on DVD and charge $5-6 and thereby severely undercutting the majors break-even cost. It seems not everyone reads sites like DVDBeaver to make their purchasing decisions.
So, in an unusual case, unknown Hart Sharp Video, attempts to puff themselves up with a classic title, good cover, 2-disc special edition etc. and appear like a major DVD production outfit. Now I don't want to make it sound like they are pulling a fast one here - they have included a 'fake' 5.1 track and 3 optional subtitles - the extras are not world class, but a true effort was put forth. My complaint will be with the transfer which is not progressive (see last capture for combing) and it is a bit hazy - definitely analog. Still as a positive this is the best I have seen the film look or sound on the digital format. So our bottom line is 'don't expect too much from this edition and you won't be disappointed'. Its the definitive edition out there, but I question the pricing - it seems a little high to me.
The film is magnificent - extremely memorable and possibly Sinatra's best role. It's so rich in Film Noir elements that it is considered an essential by many fans of the genre.