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Directed by Ralph Thomas
UK
1950

 

Available for the first time on DVD completely uncut in it's full length version, this action-packed thriller ranks alongside Hitchcock's great British thrillers. When ex-spy David Somers takes a low-profile job in the country cataloguing a butterfly collection, he finds that dangerous work continues to pursue him. David grows fond of his employer s niece, a fragile, fey young woman named Sophie. When Sophie is framed for the murder of Hick - the spiteful handyman, he becomes embroiled in a murder mystery and goes underground with the beautiful suspect. The fugitives stay one step ahead of the police until the breathless climax. Starring the Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Trevor Howard (Gandhi, The Third Man, Superman) in one of his greatest films alongside the Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Jean Simmons (Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, Elmer Gantry) and directed by Ralph Thomas (Doctor in the House).

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This action-packed thriller ranks alongside Hitchcock’s great British thrillers. When ex-spy David Somers takes a low-profile job in the country cataloguing a butterfly collection, he finds that dangerous work continues to pursue him. David grows fond of his employer’s niece, a fragile, fey young woman named Sophie. When Sophie is framed for the murder of Hick – the spiteful handyman, he becomes embroiled in a murder mystery and goes “underground” with the beautiful suspect. The fugitives stay one step ahead of the police until the breathless climax.

Starring the Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Trevor Howard (Gandhi, The Third Man, Superman) in one of his greatest films alongside the Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Jean Simmons (Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, Elmer Gantry) and directed by Ralph Thomas (Doctor in the House).

Theatrical Release: November 21st, 1950

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Distribution Eureka Video - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:30:40 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.14 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Studio: Eureka

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date:
March 22nd, 2010
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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

This is from the Janus Collection - and I have no reason to believe that my screener will not be the same as sold to the general public.

This was released by Eureka in 2008 but it was 9-minutes shorter than this - the full length version. I believe that was, like this, also a single-layered, bare bones transfer. The image quality looks a little inconsistent - decent most of the time but there are artefacts noticeable in people's faces and backgrounds. Generally speaking it produces an acceptable, but by no means stellar, presentation.

 

The 2.0 channel audio is likewise serviceable but Predictably flat. There are no subtitles, nor extras on this region 0 - PAL disc.

It may be a stretch to call it a noir but it's a darn good mystery thriller and Jean Simmons is a typically hypnotic female. I'm really glad to have it on DVD - even a lackluster one such as this.  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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