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Directed by Henry Hathaway
USA 1941

 

Kind of an Kipling-esque desert adventure tale during WW2 with Tierney's glow taking camera precedence. Barré Lyndon adapted his own Saturday Evening Post short story of Nazi's in Africa and their conflicting counterparts aided by mysterious and beautiful Zia (Gene Tierney). Henry Hathaway's film is short on action but the dialogue is quite prosaic in certain scenes. Overall it is kind of a poor man's "Four Feathers", "Beau Geste" or "Gunga Din". Keep your eye out for a young Dorothy Dandridge as one of the native girls. It appears as though Wyler's "Mrs Miniver" (1942) borrowed gratuitously from the bombed out Church service ending. Tierney fans - beware - her participation is somewhat less than top billing would indicate.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 20th, 1941

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DVD Review: VCI - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution VCI Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:28:03 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.76 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 None
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Studio: VCI

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Bios
• Featurette: String of Beads from Ronald Coleman TV.
• Trailer 


DVD Release Date: January 24th, 2003

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Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

I kind of have a begrudging respect for VCI - obviously the quality of the prints that they acquire can leave something to be desired - they never transfer progressively, but on the positive - they don't gouge on prices, try their best to add relevant extras and expose some decent films (Noirs especially) that had not previously seen the light of digital before. This image is a shade better than their typical quality but contrast is quite tampered-with, artifacts are still visible and the image has only brief moments of, edge-enhanced, sharpness. Overall it is very tube acceptable - audio is very inconsistent and sporadically weak - there are no subtitles - a short featurette is included and the price is very reasonable. For those who can't get enough of Tierney's beauty and enjoy a desert adventure - this production has minor merit.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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