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directed by Charles Vidor
USA 1946

 

"How much acting skill was involved in creating this effect? Who cares. It's not "acting," it's mythmaking. Hayworth could, as it happens, snap off sarcastic dialogue as well as Veronica Lake, but it's not the dialogue you're paying attention to. Her voice is like thick maple syrup, her huge lips wrap around every word with the studied enthusiasm of a Pentecostal zealot"

by Michael Atkinson
Excerpt taken from a review at MovieLine.com

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Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC vs.  German - Region 2 - PAL vs. Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray

R2 screenshots courtesy by Markus of ChiaroScuro

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

2) Columbia- Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution Columbia TriStar - Region 1 NTSC
Region 1 (US, Canada Only)

German - Region 2 - PAL

Region 2 ( Europe, Japan, Middle East ) 

Sony
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:00  minutes

1:45:40 minutes (PAL 4% speedup )

1:50:08.602
Video 1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,348,794,474 bytes

Feature: 26,397,794,304 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.91 Mbps

Bitrate: Region 1

Bitrate: Region 2 

Bitrate: Sony Blu-ray 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English ; French ; German ; Italian ; Spanish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean Thai or None English ; French ; German ; Polish ; Czech ; Hungarian ; Hindi ; Turkish ; Arabic ; Danish ; Swedish ; Finnish ; Icelandic ; Dutch ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Spanish ; Italian English (SDH), English, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Japanese, none
Features

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1

Edition Details:
• Production notes
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Exclusive Documentary: "Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady"
• Photo gallery
• Vintage advertising
• Talent files

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2000
Keep Case
Chapters: 28

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 2 - PAL

Edition Details:

  • Filmographies, 
  • Theatrical Trailer, 
  • Excerpts: Rita Hayworth from 'The Lady with Torch'.

DVD Release Date: December 1999
Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,348,794,474 bytes

Feature: 26,397,794,304 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.91 Mbps

Edition Details:
 Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmamn on Gilda (16:06)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 3rd, 2014
Blu-ray
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Chapters 16

Alternate versions:  There is an R2 French Version and also an R4 version of this film. Neither are taken from the restored version. to my knowledge. A detailed review of the R4 version can be found HERE

R4 ->      <- R2 France

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - April 14': Well, The Euro-Blu-ray of Gilda looks solid. The key factor appears to be the support of the film grain. This is a dual-layered transfer with a decent bitrate. Unfortunately the audio is lossy - only Dolby Digital. What with the musical numbers this is a bit of a letdown. I'd love to hear Put the Blame on Mame in uncompressed! (Anita Ellis vocal DUB and Rita dancing!) This is definitely the region FREE edition with plenty of subtitles and DUB options. Supplements include 16-minutes of Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann (separately) talking, and frequently 'gushing', about Gilda.

I have no idea why this is delayed in North America - it is one of the all time greats - certainly Hayworth's most-memorable, IMO. Of course, now that I have bought it - it can be announced in the US. :(. Still, for the impatient - it is region FREE!

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ON THE DVD (March 2000): The R1 version is very sharp, and one of the clearest 50 year-old films released on DVD so far. The film was restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, obviously using the original negative as the source for the restoration. The image is also very stable, with strong contrast and black levels. The R2 is much hazier and less defined although also taken from the restored version. If you look closely at shots with Hayworth's hair it is most noticeable. The sound and extras are superior on the R1. The only improvement by the R2 is the extensive subtitle selection.  Bottom line: Buy the R1.


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2) Columbia- Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

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Distribution Columbia TriStar - Region 1 NTSC
Region 1 (US, Canada Only)

German - Region 2 - PAL

Region 2 ( Europe, Japan, Middle East ) 

Sony
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

 

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