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(aka "Lisboa")

 

Directed by Ray Milland
USA 1956

 

New HD master from a 4K scan of the original Trucolor negative! For Capt. Robert John Evans (Ray Milland, Premature Burial), smuggling black-market goods is nothing out of the ordinary. But he's hired by Aristides Mavros (Claude Rains, Notorious) for a more involved assignment - sneaking an imprisoned American (Percy Marmont, Secret Agent) out of communist-controlled territory. The dangerous job becomes even more challenging when he meets the prisoner's sultry wife, Sylvia (Maureen O'Hara, The Rare Breed). Ray Milland (A Man Alone) directed this thrilling adventure yarn which co-stars Yvonne Furneaux (Repulsion) and Francis Lederer (The Return of Dracula). Beautifully shot in Scope by Jack A. Marta (The Last Command).

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Filmed on location, Lisbon was the second directorial endeavor of actor Ray Milland. The story revolves around a Portugal-based American smuggler, Capt. Robert John Evans (Milland). Hired by attractive Sylvia Merrill (Maureen O'Hara), Evans agrees to sneak behind the Iron Curtain to locate Sylvia's husband Lloyd Merrill (Percy Marmont). It is understood that Evans is to bring Merrill back dead so that Sylvia can collect her husband's vast fortune, but the tables are turned on Sylvia and her wily co-conspirator, Aristide Mavros (Claude Rains). Put simply, the film is Casablanca and To Have and Have Not in reverse. Other participants in the film's various and sundry intrigues are Francis Lederer as the last-reel dispenser of justice, and Yvonne Furneaux as Rains' buxom mistress.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 17th, 1956

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

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Distribution Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:46.983      
Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-rays

Disc Size: 22,545,752,619 bytes

Feature: 20,368,711,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

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 Lorber

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-rays

Disc Size: 22,545,752,619 bytes

Feature: 20,368,711,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan
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Blu-ray Release Date: November 6
th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

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

Kino present "Lisbon" on a single-layered Blu-ray in 1080p advertised as "New HD master from a 4K scan of the original Trucolor negative!" The film is shown in the, original, 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image quality is reasonably consistent, with some inherent softness but speckles and a few instances of noticeable frame specific damage (see last capture). It looks agreeable in-motion.

There is a 16-bit DTS-HD 2.0 Master audio track. There are few aggressive effects and it is all handled with modest depth by the lossless track.
The score is by Nelson Riddle (composing in a variety of films such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Pal Joey, The Great Gatsby, El Dorado, The Naked City TV Series, Batman the Movie etc.). Overall it sounds clean but nothing dynamic. There are optional English subtitles on this Region-A-locked Blu-ray.

Kino, thankfully, add another audio commentary to augment the package - this one by Toby Roan who brings a wealth of extraneous information of the production and stars to share for our edification. It is very good - after that is only a few other film trailers.

Not Noir - but adventurous with a solid cast. The Kino
Blu-ray adds value with the commentary. Fans of 50's film may wish to indulge. 

Gary Tooze

 


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