(aka 'Girl from Amen Valley')

Directed by Vincent Sherman
USA 1952

After making The Loves Of Carmen in 1948 Rita Hayworth retired from film making. She married Prince Ali Kahn and traveled the world as royalty. There was even a documentary film about her worldly travels. After the marriage crumbled Rita returned to Hollywood. Her first film after the four year absence was Affair In Trinidad.


It reteams her with her costar from Gilda, Glenn Ford. Like Gilda, it takes place in a south of the border locale, and Rita does a couple of hot dance numbers. Unfortunately the plot is even more confusing than Gilda.

Glenn Ford plays a pilot, Steve Emery, who arrives in Trinidad with a letter from his brother offering him a job. Upon arrival, he gets the news that his brother has killed himself. Not believing the suicide story, Steve confronts his brother's widow, Chris. Chris (Rita Hayworth) is helping the local police out by trying to get close to Max Fabian. Fabian is the prime suspect in her husband's death. Chris is going along with the suicide story so as to get close to Fabian. Steve is unaware that Chris is just pretending and sees her as a bitch hanging out with the prime suspect.

Excerpt from ThreeMovieBuff.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 30th, 1952

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Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK - Region 2,4,5 - PAL vs. Sony Picture - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK - Region 2,4,5 - PAL Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:34:24 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:38:00
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.97 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Bitrate:  UK

Bitrate:  US

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) , Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)    English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, English (CC), French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, None English, French, none
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Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2006

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Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures Home

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• 'Martini Minutes' - How To Play a Leading Lady - How To Play a Leading Man

• Trailer

DVD Release Date: September 23rd, 2008

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Sony NTSC - September 08': Also single-layered and I don't see a ton of difference between the two images. In fact the differences are as follows:

 

1) Yellow subs (and fewer options) as opposed to white on the NTSC

2) Fewer Audio options on the NTSC

3) NTSC has a trailer and two superfluous 'Martini Minutes'.

4) PAL Speedup on the UK edition

5) US edition could be slightly vertically stretched.

 

Otherwise we have pretty much the same DVD release but purists who may lean to the US release for #4 (if they are sensitive to it) consider the NTSC price is exorbitant for what they are offering digitally (UK release is almost 1/2 the price). The film, past its prime, is still wonderful.

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ON THE UK RELEASE: As a sex symbol - this may have been Hayworth's swan song and for that reason alone it is worth viewing. I'm also a bit of a Glenn Ford junkie and although the charisma between the two doesn't rival Gilda it is a better than your average noir venture. The convoluted plot is not an issue but the development of atmosphere in a noir certainly is... and this holds up well enough in my opinion. Director Sherman's style is always competent and not flashy. The leads carry the film for the most part.

 

If I am remembering accurately I've given thumbs up to all the single-layered, multi-sub and dub, efforts coded for regions 2,4,5 that I have reviewed. They are all progressive (anamorphic where widescreen) and look quite acceptable. They are all devoid of extra features. There is dirt/speckles and minor digital noise but nothing overly intrusive. My only real complaint -> I am not usually sensitive to PAL speedup but Glenn Ford's voice was noticeably a semi-tone higher in this film. Still for Noir devotees (such as I) this is a worthwhile purchase and healthy addition to the digital noir library.

Gary W. Tooze

 



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