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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Storm Centre" or "The Library" or "Circle of Fire" or "This Time Tomorrow")

 

Directed by Daniel Taradash
USA 1956

 

Directed and co-scripted by Daniel Taradash (From Here To Eternity), this reflection on the rights and responsibilities of citizens was a timely response to Anti-Communist sentiment in the 1950s. A small town librarian (Bette Davis) stands up to local pressure to remove a controversial book from the shelves on principal, not out of sympathy for its perspective. Also co-stars Brian Keith (Tight Spot, and TVs Family Affair) and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire.)

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Politicians go after a small-town librarian when she refuses to ban a book. She's quickly labeled a Communist.

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Theatrical Release: May 24th, 1956

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Review: Imprint - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:26:03.158         
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1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,589,200,154 bytes

Feature: 21,457,299,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,589,200,154 bytes

Feature: 21,457,299,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Blu-ray Release Date:
October 7th, 2022
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (October 2022): Imprint have transferred Daniel Taradash's Storm Center to Blu-ray. It is cited as being "from a new 2K scan". There are some speckles but rich grain textures and reasonably dark black levels via the 1080P transfer. It's on a single-layered disc, in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, with a high bitrate.

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On their Blu-ray, Imprint use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. Storm Center has no aggressive moments aside from a fire in the conclusion. It is mostly dialogue-driven. The supportive score is by George Duning (The Long Gray Line, Assignment Paris, The Guilt of Janet Ames, The Man From Laramie, 3:10 to Yuma, Jeanne Eagels, The Shadow on the Window, Tight Spot, etc.) which sounds clean with consistent dialogue in the uncompressed transfer. Imprint offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Imprint Blu-ray offer no extras for this release aside from the limited edition slipcase.

Daniel Taradash's Storm Center takes a defiant and noble stance against censorship. It is regarded as the first overtly anti-McCarthyism film to be produced in Hollywood. It is the only film ever directed by Taradash. It has a title sequence, and poster, created by the iconic Saul Bass. Bette Davis is excellent as the principled and honest librarian with a confident abundance of small town integrity. The, bare-bones, Imprint Blu-ray offers this important movie in a film-like HD presentation.

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