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(aka 'Une incroyable histoire')

Directed by Ted Tetzlaff
USA 1949

 

In Ian McEwan's telling comment, 'low-budget films, enforce good behavior'; the best of RKO's post-war thrillers and social dramas thrived on this notion. Tetzlaff's tense movie - from a story by Woolrich - marks a variation on the boy who cried wolf (once too often). Here the boy is an over-imaginative kid whose working-class parents are driven to distraction by his stories. But one night he witnesses a murder. No one believes him, but the killers get to hear of it and decide to kill him. The chase and the climax are brilliantly handled against suitably authentic New York backgrounds.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

A superior RKO B thriller variant on the boy who cried wolf fable, adapted from a short story by Cornell Woolrich. Driscoll is the kid who, from the fire escape one hot night, witnesses the couple in the apartment above killing a drunken seaman, only to have no one believe his story since they're all so used to his lying ways. Thrills begin when the culprits (Stewart and Roman) realize he knows the truth, and decide to ensure his silence. Pleasingly performed and shot, the film benefits from its evocative creation of the grimy New York tenements as a claustrophobic haven of crime and paranoia. Taut and gripping.

Excerpt from Time Out Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 6th, 1949

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Distribution Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:13:12  1:13:18
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.25 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 France:

Bitrate: Warner

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles French, None None
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Release Information:
Studio: Editions Montparnasse

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Serge Bromberg Intro (2:41) in French only

DVD Release Date: October 1st, 2006

Transparent Slim Keep Case
Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010
Keep Case

Chapters 21

 

Comments:

ADDITION - Warner Archive 2010: Warner Archive disc is single-layered and progressive. More information on the sides and not window-boxed, but less information on the bottom compared to French edition. The Warner Archive edition is sharper, more grain, better contrast... no subtitles or extras but of the two it is the one I would prefer.

  - Gregory Meshman

***

A typical unremarkable, interlaced Montparnasse transfer. The 'combing' is relatively fine but quite rampant. Contrast is fairly weak as well with a slight greenish haze over the image. Audio, although unimpressive, was fairly consistent. No extras save mono-brow Bromberg's usual intro-praise (in French only).

Frankly, the biggest plus to this package is the wonderful film - an essential for Noir enthusiasts. I suppose we should feel fairly fortunate that the French subs are removable. I also love these slim cases. I would probably be recommending another version if one existed - but I think this is it - so you have to see this film via this method if you want it on DVD. I still say 'Go for it' just don't have strong expectations.

Gary W. Tooze



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Distribution Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

 




 

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