(aka 'Garment Center')
Directed by Robert Aldrich +
Mathews, a Korean war veteran, finds that his father, a garment company owner played by Cobb, has become involved with a union-busting syndicate. The son tries to get the father to change his mind about unions, but Cobb won't listen to him. Mathews goes to union leader Loggia and hears what he has to say about unionization. When Cobb tells syndicate boss Boone what the union leader has told his son, Loggia is brutally killed. Horrified by this, Cobb tries to break from Boone and is killed himself. Mathews, with the help of French, digs up records of pay-offs to Boone. French goes to the district attorney; meanwhile Mathews, in revenge, beats up the mob boss before the police cart Boone away. Director Aldrich was replaced by Vincent Sherman five days before the end of schedule, and shooting then continued for 16 days. Aldrich said he had never seen the film, and doesn't know how much of his footage was re-shot.
Theatrical Release: April 25th, 1957
DVD Review: Sony - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0) DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, French, None|
A fairly good single-layered, progressive and anamorphic transfer, in the 185:1 aspect ratio, from Sony on this quasi-noir. Contrast and greyscale are acceptable and I don't have any big complaints with the image quality. Audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced. There is an optional French DUB and subtitles in English or French. Good news that I don't see excessive manipulation (maybe a shade of brightening), or similar monkeying, and the image is clean enough considering the age of the film.
Extras are limited to a theatrical trailer and two more (see Affair in Trinidad) of those ridiculous 'Martini Minutes'. The DVD is really bare-bones and the film, albeit with a Noir-edge, doesn't seem to justify the $18 price tag. Still, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it - but in the end the decision to purchase is yours.