(aka 'The Search')
Out of the stuff of one of the
saddest and most arresting human dramas of our times—that is the fate of the
children of Europe whose homes were wrecked and whose lives were damaged by the
war—Lazar Wechsler, a Swiss film producer, has made a picture which may
prudently be said to be as fine, as moving, and as challenging as any the
contemporary screen provides. The Search is its American title, and it
opened at the Victoria last night. Our earnest wish is that it might be seen by
every adult in the United States.
Theatrical Release: March 23rd, 1948
DVD Review: Warner (France) - Region 2 - PAL
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Average Bitrate: 6.90 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.
|English and some French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Firstly, how the heck did this masterpiece slip by us? Thanks to our friend Nicolas for informing DVDBeaver. This dual-layered transfer of this ohh-so classic Zinnemann film is very strong. Contrast and detail are superb and there are very few damage marks (light scratches and minor speckles). I'm reminded of our recent review of Fuller's Verboten! which was also close to a Criterion-level of image quality. We should keep in mind that this film is 60 years old. It has a healthy bitrate. There may have been some marginal brightness but it didn't adversely affect the presentation. The transfer is progressive and sports optional French subtitles. The 2.0 channel audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced. Overall I'd say quite an impressive transfer!
Unfortunately there are no extras at all, and if they existed they would surely be in French regardless. Aside from this cheapo Chinese bootleg - from a video analog source - this appears to be unavailable on legitimate DVD anywhere else. Great film, evoking De Sica, Rossellini and, later, even Tarkovsky - strongly recommended!
NOTE: We have been told an edition exists in Germany HERE.