directed by Howard Hawks
USA 1946


L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case...and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. But Raymond Chandler's legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style - and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters, brisk pace and atmosphere galore. Classic Noir !


Theatrical Release: 31 August 1946

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Vincent Lacomme for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:53:51

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4,21 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.


Audio English (2.0 mono)
Subtitles English, French, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Cast & Crew
• 1945/1946 comparison (16:31) (no subtitles)
• Behind the scenes - Production notes (8 pages)
• Theatrical trailer (1:52) (no subtitles)

DVD Release Date: 15 February 2000
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Image quality of this DVD is acceptable. 1946 theatrical version (Side A) is included with the less-familiar 1945 prerelease version (Side B). Shadow detail and black levels are strong. Sharpness is adequate and there is visible film grain. Subtitles are well done. Bravo to Warner to include both releases. If we are looking for a re-release- perhaps a commentary and a slight tightening of the image would be in order. No likely to see anytime before HD DVD though.

- Gary Tooze



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