directed by Otto Preminger
USA 195
0

This was Otto Preminger's last studio pictures at 20th Century Fox. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" was adapted by Ben Hecht, writing under a pseudonym, based on the novel "Night Cry" by  William Stuart. It still contains some wonderful film noir qualities and scenes. The plot involves a law enforcement officer, Mark Dixon, (played by Dana Andrews) who we are never sure of which way he will morally fall. He hates the bad guys and has a reputation for leaning on them too hard. This aggressive behavior cause him to kill a suspect with a defensive punch. He fights with his past and his father's (a thief) reputation to hide the crime, but will the pureness of Morgan Taylor (Gene Tierney) assuage his inner battle and admit the truth? This drifts in and out of the noir genre, but is a marvelous film regardless.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: June 26th, 1950 - USA (Premiere)

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DVD Comparison:

 BFI -  Region 2 - PAL vs. 20th Century Fox - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL 20th Century Fox - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:30:54 (4% PAL speedup) 1:34:45
Video 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.64 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, None English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: BFI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.37:1

Edition Details:

• Director Biography (text screens)
• Screenwriter Biography (text screens)
• Original Theatrical trailer 
• Acknowledgements

DVD Release Date: March 29th, 2004

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Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by film noir historian Eddie Muller
• Still photo gallery
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2005

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Chapters: 20

Comments:

Akin to our "Whirlpool" comparison by the same outfits - Fox has eclipsed in all categories (except cover, menus and subtitles). The BFI image is less sharp, slightly cropped a has some contrast boosting. There is a bit more damage on the BFI but it just may be more evident as it is brighter (brightened). Eddie Mueller sure knows his stuff and the commentary is another excellent one on the Fox - I think he is getting better or perhaps more comfortable with doing them. If you factor price into this it really weighs the odds in Fox's favor and that is what we strongly recommend. I think its a MUST have for Film-noir fans. 

Gary W. Tooze

NOTE: This cover is different than the one presently advertised on Amazon.UK HERE:




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Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

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Image:

Fox

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Fox

Menu:

BFI

 

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL 20th Century Fox - Region 1- NTSC




 

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