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directed by Tay Garnett
USA 1946

 

In many ways a more striking reading of Cain's novel than the Rafelson remake, even though required to pussyfoot on the sexual side. With the opening shot of a sign announcing 'Man Wanted', and Turner's first appearance heralded by a lipstick teasingly rolling across the floor to Garfield's feet, no bed is needed to show what she is selling. A drifter passing through, paralysed by her black widow sting, Garfield becomes a man without a will, immobilised in the bleak little California backwater and gradually mired in a cesspit of lust, betrayal and murder that turns too late into love. The plot gathers slack latterly; but this is only a minor flaw in a film, more grey than noir, whose strength is that it is cast as a bleak memory in which, from the far side of paradise, a condemned man surveys the age-old trail through sex, love and disillusionment.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 2 May 1946

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the DVD Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 1,4 - NTSC

Warner Home Video

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:52:48 1:52:48
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,212,220,760 bytes

Feature: 24,479,963,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.77 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1037 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1037 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Richard Jewell (5:02)
• Documentary: The John Garfield Story (57:36)
• Theatrical Trailers for original and remake
• Behind-the-scenes Image Gallery

DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
Snapper

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,212,220,760 bytes

Feature: 24,479,963,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.77 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Richard Jewell (5:04)
• Lana Turner: A Daughter's Memoir (1:26:29)

• Documentary: The John Garfield Story (57:43)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:31)
• Behind-the-scenes Image Gallery

Blu-ray Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 32

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray (November 2012): The new 1080P image looks good - maybe a shade cropped but previous damage is gone. Solid contrast on the dual-layered transfer. No noise and plenty of pleasing grain. Detail tightens. It will probably never look much better for your Home theater enjoyment. Ditto for the mono sound in lossless with plenty of DUB and subtitle options signifying it to be region FREE.

 

Extras have all the previous supplements from the SD and add Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir - the 1.5 hour 2001 documentary by Carole Langer has Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, talking about her mother and their various personal issues. It is well worth the viewing for fans of the actress.

All quite positive and a very worthy purchase - GREAT to see the film again looking and sounding so pristine.  

***

ON THE DVD: Waiting for my Double Indemnity DVD to arrive, I decided to watch the other adulterous James M. Cain adaptation from 1940's - The Postman Always Rings Twice. It took MGM 12 years to adapt the book for the big screen to satisfy the Production Code and the public. Thanks to 2 successful adaptation of Cain novels (Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce) and 2 unofficial adaptations in France (Le Dernier tournant) and Italy (Ossessione) the wait was over. And was it worth the wait! Lana Turner and John Garfield embody Cora and Frank... even without intercourse on the kitchen table, the film is full of sexual tension. Overall, the video quality of this DVD from 2004 is very good. There's some damage in the second reel (see capture 3) and a few specs here and there, but overall image has a nice grain structure, not intrusive with viewing the film. There's good a quality original mono track and Warner also provided a French dub, also in mono. While not a full-blown special edition, extras on the disc are very nice including 1-hour John Garfield documentary. There's also a short introduction by Richard Jewell, but it's better to be viewed after the film. The spoiler-ridden trailer is full of some shots not in the picture, including a lovely view of Audrey Totter with different hair and in different setting. There's also a brief gallery of photos and posters as well as a trailer for the remake.

 - Gregory Meshman

 




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