Directed by Lloyd Bacon and Michael Curtiz (uncredited)
USA 1937

 

  Inspired by Thomas Dewey's indictment of Lucky Luciano--at a trial where many prostitutes who suffered at the gangster's hands testified against him--this gritty 1937 Warners crime movie is one of the least compromised melodramas of the period in expressing solidarity with women. Co-starring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, written by Robert Rossen and Abem Finkel, and directed by Lloyd Bacon, it's one of the key films discussed in the 1995 video documentary Red Hollywood, and it packs a serious punch.

Excerpt of Jonathan Rosenbaum's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: April 10th, 1937

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Also available in The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 with Marked Woman / Jezebel / The Man Who Came to Dinner / Old Acquaintance and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition:
Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:27 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Marked Woman: Ripped from the Headlines
• Two classic cartoons: Porky's Hero Agency, She Was an Acrobat's Daughter
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: May 30th, 2006

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Comments:

Although there is a shade more damage than one expect from a current Warner release (of an older film) and there are moments of heavy faux-grain (digital noise) it still looks very good. In fact, for a film of almost 70 years old it looks quite amazing. Audio is consistent but certainly not dynamic showing the technology of the era. I enjoyed the featurette and loved the cartoons (what  way to start a film!) Warner does it again and maintains their high standards. Bravo!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Also available in The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 with Marked Woman / Jezebel / The Man Who Came to Dinner / Old Acquaintance and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition:
Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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