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Directed by Raoul Walsh
USA
1956

 

The terrific creative trio of director Raoul Walsh (High Sierra), producer Buddy Adler (From Here to Eternity), and screenwriter Sydney Boehm (The Big Heat, also from Twilight Time) brings us this adaptation of William Bradford Huie’s racy novel, The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956). Jane Russell stars as the title character, a shady lady working in a Honolulu “dance hall” while amassing a real estate fortune and conducting a romance with a disapproving but turned-on writer (Richard Egan). Highlighted by a superb Hugo Friedhofer score, available here as an isolated track.

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In 1941, prostitute Mamie Stover (Jane Russell) has no choice but to flee San Francisco when the police turn on her and want her out of town. Figuring Hawaii would be a great place to begin anew, Stover books a trip aboard a Honolulu-bound boat, where she happens to meet writer Jim Blair (Richard Egan), who is quite taken with the former streetwalker. However, when the ship reaches Hawaii, Stover soon falls back into her old ways and begins working at a nightclub, much to Blair's dismay.

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Theatrical Release: May 4th, 1956 (Honolulu, Hawaii) (premiere)

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Review: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:43.599  
Video

Disc Size: 28,224,708,882 bytes

Feature Size: 27,993,169,920 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3470 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3470 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2114 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2114 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2174 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2174 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.55:1

Disc Size: 28,224,708,882 bytes

Feature Size: 27,993,169,920 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:29))

Linear Notes

Blu-ray Release Date: July, 2018
Transparent
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Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

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

The Twilight Time 1080P transfer is in the 2.55:1 aspect ratio on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. The colors are very appealing in the very widescreen presentation. The image has, an inherent, softness that is consistent throughout. It can also look a bit waxy, but I don't see signs of digitization - this is probably more the film's production appearance. The Blu-ray visuals are impressive in-motion. This version of The Revolt of Mamie Stover appears to be the slightly longer version (not the FMC Library Print.)

Twilight Time again give the option of a robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround transfer 24-bit (the film originally had a 4-Track Stereo) - or a similar encode in 2.0 channel. I didn't notice extensive separation but it seemed to suit the film's requirement with some Hawaiian culture and, of course, the Pearl Harbor bombings and strafing runs on citizens where the audio transfer exported some depth.
 The score is composed by Hugo Friedhofer (Joan of Arc, Broken Arrow, Between Heaven and Hell, Man in the Attic, Ace in the Hole, Body and Soul, Gilda, The Bishop's Wife) and has songs including Walkin' Home With The Blues (Main Title) plus Keep Your Eyes On The Hands sung by Jane Russell with a Hula Girl Chorus and a traditional Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai). There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Twilight Time only offer the film's theatrical trailer as an extra on the disc. A commentary would have been a nice addition. The package has linear notes included.

I was expecting something much lighter - The Revolt of Mamie Stover has adult themes, female empowerment, war and romance. It offers an impressive, tough girl, performance from Russell. I grew to love the film's exotic look, extravagant costumes and mixed genres.  The a/v presentation has value and this
Blu-ray, and the film, are both recommended.

Gary Tooze


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