directed by David Miller
USA 1952

 

Gargoyle thriller from 1952, with Joan Crawford (in her high garish period) as an heiress who discovers her husband (Jack Palance, the perfect iconic match) is planning to kill her. The film was a product of RKO desperation and didn't do especially well on first release; its anomalous success as a revival (in 1987, in 35-millimeter restoration) seemed largely a matter of fidelity to archetype (as a clear-lined suspenser) and kitschy iconographic tastes, though Charles Lang's glossily noirish cinematography may have had something to do with it, too.

Excerpt of Pat Graham's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 6 August 1952

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DVD Review: Kino - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:50:52
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.25 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.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: August 13, 1999
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Chapters 17

 

Comments Sudden Fear is a stylish noir melodrama with very good performances by its 3 stars. Kino disc was distributed originally by Image and re-released in 2003 with the same content from 1999. DVD doesn't fare well compared to the output from major studios and even smaller studios like VCI and Dark Sky Films that charge half of this disc's price for better efforts. Chroma and ghosting are evident in the transfer and the print has some damage (see the capture below with a cue blip). The sound is full of pops and background noise. There're no extras, not even a trailer. A disappointing release that should have a price drop to get a recommendation.

 - Gregory Meshman

 





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Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

 




 

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