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(aka 'Le Secret derrière la porte ')

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USA 1948

 

Bennett is the woman who falls for an architect and promptly marries him, not asking as many questions about his past as she should have done. She soon discovers that he has a few skeletons in his cupboard, maybe even literally. Determined to find out the secret beyond the door of his mansion, she soon believes herself to be in mortal danger.

Another of the Freudian thrillers that were so in fashion in the 1940s, director Lang manages to turn on the suspense but is more interested in the art of film-making than what makes his protagonist tick.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: January 1st, 1948

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Comparison:

Wild Side Vidéo (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Llamentol S.L - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) Wild Side Video - Region 2 - PAL LEFT
2) Olive Film - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE
3) Llamentol S.L - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT
 
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Distribution Wild Side Vidéo - Region 0 - PAL  Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray Llamentol S.L - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:30 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:39:04.396 1:38:39.371
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.67 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,901,662,811 bytes

Feature: 17,860,810,752 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,335,157,362 bytes

Feature: 18,097,020,864 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.08 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Olive Blu-ray

Bitrate: Llamentol S.L Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 835 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 835 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit) Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 835 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 835 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles French, None None Spanish, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Wild Side Vidéo

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details (all on Disc 2):

• "The Dinosaur and the Baby": a conversation between Fritz Lang and Jean-Luc Godard (60 min) - mostly French
• The Architecture of Secret Beyond the Door (6:10) - English dialogue of the film with drawings of the sets used
• Printable original script accessible via DVD Rom
• Photos from the Film
• Production Photos

• Filmographies (text) of Lang, Bennett and Redgrave

DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 2003

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,901,662,811 bytes

Feature: 17,860,810,752 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• none

Blu-ray Release Date: September 4th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12  

Release Information:
Studio: Llamentol S.L

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,335,157,362 bytes

Feature: 18,097,020,864 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 22.08 Mbps

Edition Details:

• none

Blu-ray Release Date:
June 14th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 6

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Llamentol S.L. - Region FREE Blu-ray - March 2014: I'll say the same thing I said about The Big Heat Spanish Blu-ray. Just a quick note to those that didn't pick-up the Olive release. There is a Spanish - Region FREE - Blu-ray available. It is seems almost the exact same transfer and DTS-HD Master lossless audio. And look at the bitrate graphs! Hmmm...  It has optional foreign language Spanish DUB and subtitle option (see sample) that is removable, crappy menus (see below) and no extras. At current exchange rates it is about $12.00 US. It defaults to the Spanish DUB (but can be changed via the remote.)

I don't know if it is a bootleg of some sort. That is a possibility. I will try to inform Olive Films if they wish to pursue some action (if they have not provided the encode themselves.)

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ADDITION: Olive Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - August 12': Things certainly tighten up a shade on the new 1080P transfer from Olive. It is a bit brighter and contrast has more layers on the Blu-ray. Of course it is only single-layered but the bitrate seems supportive enough - the larger factor though are the light scratches, speckles and occasional blemishes that are less prevalent, or less noticeable, on the French SD rendering. The BD, being in theatrical running time (no PAL Speedup now) is superior but the marks are notable. Modest, but lossless, sound - clear without major flaws - no subtitles and no extras. I think its worthy of upgrade but there is some noise on the hi-def but not as visible as the DVD. Great film and a pleasure to see it in the higher resolution.

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ON THE DVD: This is a pretty good image especially for a single layered disc - not quite as sharp as one might have hoped but it still looks quite clean and more than acceptable for tube viewing. The black levels are very rich. Thankfully, the French subtitles are removable (on my Malata's and my computer) so they are definitely player generated. Unfortunately, the Lang/Godard featurette on the 2nd disc has no English subtitles... and neither do any of the extras although many are visual.

NOTE: Individuals have informed me that the subtitles ARE forced on certain machines - but they can be irradiated in a re-burn. The DVD is a less than 4.75 and the subtitles can be removed and the DVD contents re-burned to a blank DVD with standard DVDR hardware (software is free). See instructions HERE.

Paramount have announced this title for 2006 (this year) in Region 1 (as noted in our March 14th Newsletter HERE). It may possibly look superior so I would be patient if I were you. The film is pure Lang, all the way...

Gary W. Tooze


 

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