Directed by actor Karl Malden, Time Limit is a courtroom drama minus the courtroom. Army Colonel William Edwards (Richard Widmark) is investigating the case of Major Harry Cargill (Richard Basehart), accused of collaborating with the enemy while he and his unit were held captive in a Korean POW camp. Cargill freely admits his guilt, and evidence proves that he signed a germ-warfare confession, and broadcast anti-American speeches over Korean radio. In fact, it would be a simple open and shut case were it not for Basehart's refusal to defend himself. Arousing further suspicion is the fact that Basehart's collaboration with the enemy immediately followed the death of two of his soldiers, and the surviving members in the unit all recite an identical, rehearsed account of those deaths. Under enormous pressure to take his depositions and press for a swift court-martial, Edwards delves into the mystery, refusing to accept superficial explanations for the events in question. When the truth is finally revealed by Lieutenant George Miller (Rip Torn), it sheds a completely new light on Cargill's behavior.
Theatrical Release: October 23rd, 1957
DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
What the hell, MGM? Solid film - but DVD authoring and transfer from a decade ago. Not only is the film in some sort of compromised 1.65:1 aspect ratio - it is widescreen letterboxed (non 16X9 enhanced) and has no menus at all. Compound this will the warning that the film has been modified to fit the screen - WRONG! - it decidedly does not fit my HD TV screen. The resulting rendering leaves borders and the black and white image is hazy - if barely passable. This is a film that deserves much better treatment - especially in 2009.
Unless there is something wrong with my copy - this has no menus, subtitle options or extras. I really enjoyed the film - but why bring it out now - in this single-layered, lackluster DVD edition? Who is making the decisions at MGM/Fox on this one? Spend your $10 on Man Hunt.