directed by Zoltan Korda
USA 1943

 

"In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa to get experience in desert warfare under actual battle conditions...History has proved that they learned their lesson well --." This title card announces the recent history behind the 1943 Columbia Pictures release Sahara, an intelligent and intense action film, one of the first made by Humphrey Bogart following the enormous success of Casablanca (1942).

The all-male cast of Sahara was widely praised by the critics. J. Carrol Naish was nominated for an Oscar® for his role as the Italian prisoner; his Axis character is treated sympathetically, unusual for a wartime film. Rex Ingram is memorable as the Sudanese officer; the versatile Ingram had also appeared in the Korda production The Thief of Bagdad (1940), as the Genie. Sahara also provided one of Bruce Bennett's best roles. Bennett would appear again with Bogart in Dark Passage (1947) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Notable screen villain Dan Duryea was handed a rare good guy role. As quoted in Hollywood Players: The Forties, Duryea later said "Sahara is a picture which practically nobody remembers my being in; one of the few pictures I didn't play a heel and maybe for that reason."

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 14 October 1943

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Daniel Mott for the Review!

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:33:39 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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, French, Italian, Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Greek
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Vintage Advertising
• Trailers for other Columbia films (subtitled)
• Filmographies (text sceens)

DVD Release Date: January 28, 2002
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Comments:

I have no major complaints about the transfer or sound, the look is a bit "heavy" with a mixture of film and digital noise and I suspect the NTSC version is better but we do get a slew of SUBs and some DUBs.  

Extras are nothing to write home about. Currently it's available for £5.97 and at that price, I certainly recommend a buy.

 - Daniel Mott



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