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directed by Mark Robson
U.S.A. 1956

A boxing drama with Bogart (in his last role) typecast as the sports publicist who finally does the right thing and sets out to expose the syndicate, The Harder They Fall bears the hallmark of its producer/writer Philip Yordan all over it. Robson tries vainly to give the movie the look of a thriller with lots of shadows and bleak lighting, but Yordan consistently returns it to the field of melodrama by setting his drama in the home - as Bogart and his wife Sterling agonize over his job of exposing the fixed fights - rather than in the boxing ring.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 9 May 1956

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DVD Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL vs. Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Ole Kofoed for the Screen Caps!

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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL

Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:40 1:44:22 (4% PAL speedup) 1:48:36
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.60 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.6 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.

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Columbia Tri-Star

 

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Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

 

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Sony

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono , Dub in Portuguese

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono , Dubs in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, none English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish or none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia.
• 2 unrelated Columbia trailers.

DVD Release Date: January 21th, 2003
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Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia.
• 2 unrelated Columbia trailers.

 

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2003
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Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Publicity Stills Gallery
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Behind the Scenes Photos Gallery
• Lobby Cards Set Gallery
• Movie Posters Gallery

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 12

Comments ADDITION: Bogart - Columbia Collection - December 2011: Picture quality doesn't look significantly improved although the bitrate is higher. There are no subtitles offered but there are some viable extras. The entire Columbia Bogart Collection is reviewed by Gregory Meshman HERE.

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The differences in image quality are a little less pronounced in these editions than in "In a Lonely Place" and "Dead Reckoning".  The PAL edition is marginally softer, but it is very slight indeed. Again we have more audio and subtitle options in the PAL version, extras and menus are exact. The majority of film fans will be content if they own the PAL edition, but Bogie aficionados may want to upgrade to the NTSC.

 - Gary Tooze


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(Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 


 

Subtitle Samples

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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


 Screen Captures

 

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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


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

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

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Image:

NTSC (slight)

Sound:

PAL

Extras: tie
Menu: tie
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Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL

Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies

Region 1 - NTSC




 

 

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