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(aka 'Ca commence à Vera Cruz")

directed by Don Seigel
USA 1949

 

  'The Big Steal' sees Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer team up again after their earlier Noir classic 'Out Of The Past', which is still one of the greatest Film Noirs ever made. 'The Big Steal' isn't as good, that's a fact, but it's a very different kind of movie, and comparing the two is a bit unfair. It's much lighter in tone and approach. Still Mitchum and Greer make a great team and it's a pity they didn't work together more. Director Don Siegel went on to make 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers', 'The Killers' and 'Dirty Harry', all great favourites of mine, but 'The Big Steal' is just as good and is not to be overlooked. It's a great piece of entertainment and also features a very good performance by William Bendix, who I also really enjoyed in Hitchcock's underrated 'Lifeboat'. Forget about 'Out Of The Past' and just enjoy 'The Big Steal' for what it is, a thriller that is a great fun film.

Excerpt from Infofreaks review posted at Imdb HERE.

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Theatrical Release: July 9th, 1949 - NY, NY - USA

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DVD Review: Éditions Montparnasse (re-release) - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Éditions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 72 minutes
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.1 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: RKO / Éditions Montparnasse


Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2004

Slim Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

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Image looks decent and typical PAL of editions of older Hollywood flicks - heavy, deep contrast with slight blurriness. No chroma that I am aware and acceptable for CRT overall. Original audio with an optional French DUB or French subtitles. No extras and only one menu again.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

 





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