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directed by Raoul Walsh
USA 1947

 

The Man I Love may not even be a true noir, every character in this story has a clear control over their fate and by each's own choice decides to go down an unhappy road, no fate or bad luck comes into play for these individuals. It lacks the hard boiled style of a Phil Karlson picture, and for that matter, how surprising is it to see that it's director happens to be Raoul Walsh, the Raoul Walsh who gave us the raw and realistic They Drive by Night (also featuring Lupino and co-star Alan Hale) and the brutal, ultra hard boiled gangster-noir hybrid White Heat. Who'd have thought that, for a director who seems to save any sort of sentimentality until his films final moments, would give us a whole picture full of characters whom only seemed to have felt melancholy, wistfulness, and regret? This is not the noir of the class of Spillane, nor is it of some sort of poetic tragedy like that of Out of the Past, but this is like something out of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks painting, all about a group of unhappy people in the big city...and if that isn't as noir as the former two, what is?

Excerpt of review from Jeff Markham (Noir of the Week) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 11 January 1947 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:02
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.82 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:14)

DVD Release Date: July, 2009
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Chapters 9

 

 

Comments

This is a pretty poor unrestored transfer from the same source as MGM/Warner's VHS and current TCM airings. The print is marred by speckling and damage, so for casual viewer you would be better off recording the film on TCM rather than purchasing this DVD-R release from Warner Archives - at least you can get the closed-captioning if needed.

There are 10 chapters on the disc, but with chapters every 10 minutes, the last chapter is just the end title lasting for only 3 seconds. A beat-up trailer is included as an extra.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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