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directed by John M. Stahl
USA 1945

This film won the OscarŽ for Best Cinematography (Color) and received three other Academy AwardŽ nominations: Best Actress for Gene Tierney, Best Sound Recording, and Best Art Direction (Color)/Interior Decoration. Leave Her To Heaven is a stylish psychological thriller starring Gene Tierney as Ellen, the stunningly beautiful wife of handsome writer Richard Harland, played by Cornel Wilde. Ellen panics as her perfect marriage unravels and Harland’s work and invalid brother demand more and more of his attention. Her husband becomes unnerved by her compulsive and jealous behavior. And when the people close to him are murdered, one by one, it is obvious that this dream marriage has become a full-fledged nightmare. Based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams.

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Theatrical Release: December 19th, 1945 - USA

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Distribution Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1- NTSC Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:49:52 1:50:00.343
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.35 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size : 34,397,504,149 bytes

Feature: 34,041,962,496 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Average Bitrate: 35.99 Mbps

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 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUBs: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1087 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1087 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1669 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1669 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Darryl Hickman and Richard Schickel
• Restoration Comparison
• Still Gallery
• Fox Movietone News

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2005

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Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size : 34,397,504,149 bytes

Feature: 34,041,962,496 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Average Bitrate: 35.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Darryl Hickman and Richard Schickel
• Isolated Score
• Theatrical trailer (2:12)
• Fox Movietone News (2:20)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 2013
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Chapters: 16

 

 

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ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE Blu-ray - May 2013':  Unfortunately, in the 70's I believe, the Technicolor elements were 'junked' and only saved in Eastmancolor - hence we lose some of the piercing vibrancy of the colors as seen in its theatrical roots. Of course this is no fault of the Twilight Time transfer - which is solid - dual-layered with a high bitrate and excellent contrast. The image quality is very pleasing. It is brighter than the SD with more information in the frame - notable on all sides. Detail improves, there is a slight sense of depth, colors do perk-up and the 1080P is quite a step beyond the 2005 DVD.

 

The audio goes lossless, but remains mono and Alfred Newman's score sounds quite good with some depth. There are optional English subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc that is limited to 3000 copies.

 

Supplements are mostly from the NTSC DVD with the strong commentary and MovieTone News piece. Twilight Time also add an isolated score (as they usually do) and a trailer.

 

This is such renowned Noir that I suspect the Blu-ray will go out of print pretty quickly/ By advice would be to 'buy now'.

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ON THE DVD: Great DVD! Colors are alive, contrast is sublime, subtitles are excellent and there is a commentary and other interesting extra features. I love the visible film grain. Fabulous job Fox.

Gary W. Tooze


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