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(aka 'You Were There')

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
USA 19
46

 

Although best known for his marvellous MGM musicals, Minnelli also directed several superbly stylish melodramas (The Bad and the Beautiful, Some Came Running). This early example is a sombre, faintly noir-ish romantic thriller, with Hepburn marrying the handsome, wealthy, but cruel Taylor, and finding help when she needs it from his mysterious brother (Mitchum). Echoes of Rebecca, Gaslight, etc, but in its quiet understatement it becomes less of a full-blown weepie, more a haunting and subtle study of malevolence and gullibility. Surprisingly, it finally impresses by the very absence of those memorably hysterical, stylistically baroque touches that make Minnelli's musicals and later dramas so wonderful.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 28th, 1946

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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At present Undercurrent is only available in the Katharine Hepburn Collection which includes Morning Glory / Sylvia Scarlett / Without Love / Dragon Seed and The Corn Is Green.

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:55:44 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.4 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette - Traffic With the Devil (18:38)
• Cartoon - Lonesome Lenny (7:45)
• Theatrical trailer (2:33)

DVD Release Date: May 29th, 2007

Custom Digipak case
Chapters: 29

 

 

Comments:

Firstly - I haven't completed the entire Kate Hepburn Boxset, but like what I have seen so far. At present Undercurrent is only available in the Katharine Hepburn Collection which also includes Morning Glory / Sylvia Scarlett / Without Love / Dragon Seed and The Corn Is Green.

Decent, if not stellar transfer, of this Noir-cum-thriller from Warner. Fairly clean if a bit dullish and faded - certainly not up the spoiled standard we have been accustomed to from Warner's classic output in the past. The digital artifacts are quite fine and resemble grain. The dual-layered and progressive image is supported with optional English or French subtitles. The audio is clear and consistent.

Typical of Warner boxsets - extras are highly irrelevant to the film. We have a driving instruction/scare film presumably from the era or rather later and a cartoon - the latter I always enjoy.

As a Noir - it seems to fit the bill to some degree and although Taylor's performance is slightly unbalanced - Hepburn is gregarious, sexy, wonderful and a bit hammy and we don't get enough of Mitchum. Nice shadows and taut direction from Minelli. Noir fans will get a much-needed fix, although it's not a classic of the style. 

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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DVD Box Cover

At present Undercurrent is only available in the Katharine Hepburn Collection which includes Morning Glory / Sylvia Scarlett / Without Love / Dragon Seed and The Corn Is Green.

CLICK to order from:

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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