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USA 1949

 

This marked the first outing for Bogart's own Production Company Santana and features a powerful performance from rising young star Derek. Attorney Andrew Morton (Bogart) is persuaded to represent underprivileged teen Nick Romano (Derek) who's up on a murder charge. Set within the confines of the courtroom director Ray breaks out to location by the use of flashbacks telling the story of Romano's no-hope upbringing. The excitement and tension is built up nicely, and although it touches on the melodramatic at times, remains crisp and sharp throughout.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: February 21st, 1949

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DVD Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL vs. Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

DVD Box Cover

Only available in the COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILM NOIR COLLECTION VOL.1

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star (Japan) - Region 2 - NTSC Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL

Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:45  1:35:45 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:39:42
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.64 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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.

Bitrate: NTSC

Bitrate: PAL

Bitrate: Sony

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0) Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles English, Japanese, None English, German, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Mini-doc/bio on Bogart (4:22)
• Trailers

DVD Release Date: February 25th, 2004

Keep Case (with 4 others in Boxset - see images above and below)
Chapters: 28

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• None

DVD Release Date: April 21st, 2011

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Publicity Stills Gallery
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Behind the Scenes Photos Gallery
• Movie Posters Gallery

DVD Release Date:
Keep Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments:
ADDITION: Bogart - Columbia Collection - December 2011: Picture quality looks a shade inferior and the bitrate is lower. There are no subtitles offered but there are some viable extras. The entire Columbia Bogart Collection is reviewed by Gregory Meshman HERE.

***

ADDITION: Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - June 2011: It looks to be the exact same source mimicking some of the speckles. The Japanese set is now almost $200 US so I consider it cost-prohibitive. The German Sony edition has the higher PAL resolution, but also the 4% speed-up - for those who may be sensitive. Solid contrast for this super Bogie court-drama.

There are no extras on the single-layered disc, but audio is clean and there are optional English subtitles. We suggest that this is the most cost-effective way to own the film on digital at present.

***

ON THE JAPANESE DVD: Image quality looks quite acceptable - moderately dirty/grainy at times but sharp and rendered with decent contrast - a few speckles here and there. Progressive on a single layered DVD, its strongest appeal lies in the fact that this film is not on the digital versatile disc format anywhere else in the entire world to my knowledge. If you want this Nicholas Ray/Bogart film you must spring for the Boxset (none are sold separately) - which contains all decent Bogie films anyway (In A Lonely Place 1950. Dead Reckoning 1947. Tokyo Joe 1949. The Harder They Fall 1956), but if you are like most you have some (or all) already in your collection with the region 1 discs.

Conveniently this DVD contains optional English subtitles (along with a Japanese choice). The menus are in Japanese but there are limited screens and it takes only moments to access your desired choice through trial and error. The English audio is 2.0 channel - both clear and consistent.

The film is an interesting one, perhaps a little heavy-handed for Ray's usual brilliant style but it is impacting and Bogart's charisma in this era is at its apex. It also skirts into the noir category with the flashback usage and showing society's struggling less fortunate with a crime/criminal focus. Being Bogie and noir it may be worth buying the entire package. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


DVD Menus

 

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC LEFT vs. Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL RIGHT


 
 
 

 


Subtitle Sample

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


 

Screen Captures

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


DVD Box Cover

Only available in the COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILM NOIR COLLECTION VOL.1

CLICK to order from:

 

The COLUMBIA TRI-STAR FILM NOIR COLLECTION VOL.1 contains In A Lonely Place 1950 Dead Reckoning 1947 Tokyo Joe 1949 The Harder They Fall 1956, and Knock On Any Door 1949.

 




 

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