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(aka 'Blonde Sinner')

Directed by J. Lee Thompson
UK 1956

 

Loosely based on the Ruth Ellis case, Thompson's film is a worthy, anti-capital punishment statement. It's the story of Mary Hilton (Dors), a woman awaiting execution. The story of events leading to murder is told in flashback. Retitled Blonde Sinner for the US, the film was sold on Dors's sex appeal, but for the most part, she has never looked so dowdy, often unrecognizably so. Stripped of all but a little make-up and in a downbeat role, she gives an incredible performance, showing a talent and range that make this stand out from anything else she ever did. Thompson's direction is assured and suitably noirish, emphasizing long dark shadows and prison bars. While a little unrelenting, and in many ways stating the obvious cliché that an eye for an eye leaves us all blind, Yield to the Night is nevertheless a brave and compelling achievement.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

Loosely based, like Dance with a Stranger, on the Ruth Ellis case, this oddly austere thriller has Dors as the unrepentant murderess waiting in prison, thinking back over the events that made her kill, and agonising over whether she'll be given the death sentence or not. Decidedly anti-capital punishment, the film never actually excites, but thanks to the downbeat mood and the surprisingly effective performances, it does grip the attention. It never, however, attempts to explore in any depth the relationship between the legal practice of hanging and society's attitudes to crime.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 19th, 1956

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DVD Review: Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

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Also available in the Diana Dors Collection with Lady Godiva Rides Again, Diamond City, A Boy, A Girl And A Bike, As Long As They're Happy, and A Kid For Two Farthings. Also includes the documentary The Blonde Bombshell.

Distribution Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:35:15 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.28 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 (Dolby Digital mono) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1

Edition Details:

• Director Profile (text)
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: January 28th, 200
8
Keep Case
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

Another fairly weak, single-layered, effort from Optimum. It is progressive and detail has some strong moments but there are smatterings of chroma evident throughout. Contrast is fair to midland and the image quality is less-muddy than we have seen from other pragmatic transfers of the same period. Audio is clean and clear and there are optional English subtitles supporting the dialogue. The disc is coded for region 2 in the PAL standard and as well as being sold individually is available in the Diana Dors Collection with Lady Godiva Rides Again, Diamond City, A Boy, A Girl And A Bike, As Long As They're Happy, and A Kid For Two Farthings. This includes the documentary The Blonde Bombshell.

There are no supplements aside from a text director bio and a decent photo gallery. The films is listed on our noir page and has some definite attributes of the 'black cinema' style with frequent obtuse camera angles and the plot centering on a wayward protagonist.  The price seems fair for noir fans as long as expectations aren't too high.  We've certainly seen worse and the film has some bona-fides. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

 

Also available in the Diana Dors Collection with Lady Godiva Rides Again, Diamond City, A Boy, A Girl And A Bike, As Long As They're Happy, and A Kid For Two Farthings. Also includes the documentary The Blonde Bombshell.

Distribution Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL




 

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