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USA 1941

 

This is commonly known as Jean Renoir's first American film (1941), although Renoir scholar Alexander Sesonske has established that Renoir's creative role in the project was severely hampered by producer Darryl F. Zanuck and that he didn't regard much of the film as his own. (The ending, for instance, was written by Zanuck and directed by Irving Pichel.) Nevertheless, the film has certain beauties and pleasures. Part of it was shot in Georgia's Okefenokee swamp, and the treatment of the small community living nearby is often pungent and distinctive.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 16th, 1941

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20th Century Fox - Region 2 - PAL vs. 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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2) 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - NTSC MIDDLE

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

 

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - NTSC Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:26:18 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:29:34  1:30:10.488
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,301,038,385 bytes

Feature: 23,268,808,704 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate: UK

Bitrate: Japan

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1607 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1607 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 899 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 899 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, None English, Japanese None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2006

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: August 18th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,301,038,385 bytes

Feature: 23,268,808,704 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Isolated Score

Blu-ray Release Date: February, 2012
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE Blu-ray - February 2012: Firstly, I couldn't get exact frames as there is a time-bar when in pause. The Twilight Time is single-layered but bare-bones and the image is decent - actually pretty good with a high bitrate. I'd have appreciated more grain but the layering of the contrast is pleasing. The same damage on the DVDs (mostly light scratches) remains. Audio is lossless but authentically flat - there are no subtitles offered. Extras consist solely of the Isolated Score - which doesn't really elevate the package beyond bare-bones. I really like this film and the film-like 1080P is appreciated. It is region FREE and limited to 3,000 copies.

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ADDITION: Japanese Fox - December 2010: Similar releases - the dual-layered Japanese NTSC version is a bit crisper and it has no PAL speed-up for those who are sensitive. No extras but both offer English subtitles. At the time of this writing the UK DVD is about 1/4 the price without even taking into account shipping. Unfortunately still not available in region 1. You'd have to be pretty discerning to consider an upgrade but the option is available.

***

ON THE UK DVD: The image falls somewhere in the mid range category. Progressive with acceptable contrast, there may have been some black boosting. It is not overly sharp but gives a good representation of the 65 year old film that shows very little damage but compression artifacts exist. Overall, I would say it is consistent and acceptable. Ditto for the 2 channel audio. As with other of these Studio Classics from Fox we have a single layered disc with no extras. Purchases will rely heavily upon the film and its lack of alternative digital release in Region 1 (or anywhere else?).

As for the film, I enjoyed it. Although not vintage Renoir, his presence is easy to distinguish and the film has some great atmosphere. Sure... we recommend!  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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2) 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - NTSC MIDDLE

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

 


1) 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - NTSC MIDDLE

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

 

 


1) 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) 20th Century Fox - Region 2 - NTSC MIDDLE

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

 

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