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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Crime City" )


directed by Fyodor Otsep
Canada 1947


Watchable minor film noir, that is competently directed by Fyodor Otsep from a story by George Zuckerman and Michael Lennox. The acting by Paul Lukas and Helmut Dantine is far beyond what you would expect in such a cheapie film. But the narrative has too many coincidental plot points to be believable, though the crisply told story is for the most part entertaining. The film is told in flashback by a tourist guide sleigh driver to two riders in Quebec City.

Excerpt from Dennis Schwartz review at Ozu's World Reviews located HERE


Theatrical Release: 20 November 1947 (USA)

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DVD Review: Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:30:48

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.79 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)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alpha

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailers for Alpha New Cinema releases

DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Chapters 6



NOTE: We have been informed in email that the Sinister Cinema HERE is a superior version of the film, on DVD. "I think anyone considering buying the film would vastly prefer the Sinister Cinema print to the Alpha print..." (thanks Cameron!) We will hopefully compare soon...

This rare Canadian noir features one of the worst transfers on DVD. There is also a DVD-R available from Sinister Cinema HERE, but we didn't have a chance to compare.

The film itself features some of the best music (Quebec Concerto by Andre Mathieu) and fortunately, the audio fares a bit better compared to video. A recommended film, but unfortunately, we can not recommend this DVD release.

 - Gregory Meshman


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