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Directed by Byron Haskin
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Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, Too Late for Tears) directed this classic film noir about two bootleggers on the lam. Partners Frankie (Burt Lancaster, Elmer Gantry) and Noll (Kirk Douglas, The Devil’s Disciple) split up to evade capture by the police. Frankie is caught and jailed, but Noll manages to escape and open a posh New York City nightclub. Years later Frankie is released from the clink and visits Noll with the intention of collecting his half of the nightclub's profits. But Noll, who has no intention of being so equitable, uses his ex-girlfriend Kay (Lizabeth Scott, Pitfall) to divert Frankie from his intended goal. Co-starring Wendell Corey (Desert Fury) and legendary noir baddies Marc Lawrence (The Asphalt Jungle) and Mike Mazurki (Murder, My Sweet).

 

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Release: December 31st, 1947

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DVD Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:37:01.065
Video

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,839,446,960 bytes

Feature: 19,453,329,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,839,446,960 bytes

Feature: 19,453,329,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth
KLSC Trailers


Blu-ray Release Date:
Ju
ly 24th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (July 2018) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray: This is described as a "Brand New HD Master – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Safety Dupe Negative by Paramount Pictures", although the source still has some speckles and frame-specific marks. It's on a single-layered Blu-ray, but looks pleasing in-motion although never really crisp. It requires a film-level restoration/clean-up but I am not looking this gift-horse in the mouth. It's a cool Noir and such an enjoyable presentation being superior to the old, unauthorized, DVDs.

Audio is transferred in DTS-HD Master (16-bit) in 2.0 channel. There aren't an abundance of aggressive effects - mostly more inferred violence aside from a long beating of Frankie (Burt). There is a competent score by Victor Young (Strategic Air Command, The Sun Shines Bright, The Accused, Johnny Guitar, China Gate etc.) which plays fairly subtly in the background sounding authentically flat in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is Region 'A'-locked.

Supplements include an audio commentary by Troy Howarth who discusses Noir, the performers and director Byron Haskin. It has a lot of information and he talks constantly throughout the film. There are also trailers for 4 others films.

I Walk Alone boasts a memorable cast with Lancaster, Douglas, Scott and great support from the likes of Wendell Corey, Kristine Miller, Mike Mazurki and others. As described in the  commentary it's not a 'B' picture - but an A-minus. Noir fans will love it. I am appreciative to Kino for bringing this to Blu-ray! Absolutely recommended!   

Gary W. Tooze


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