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directed by Anatole Litvak
USA 1939


In the wake of a trial that convicted four Nazi agents of spying against the U.S., Warner Bros. became the first Hollywood studio to fire a salvo at Hitler’s Germany. Months before World War II erupted it released this thriller based on revelations that emerged from the trial and other real-life sources. The story is a brisk connect-the-dots tale that ties German-American Bund operatives (Francis Lederer, George Sanders and Paul Lukas among others) to Berlin. Chief among those connecting the dots: FBI Agent Edward Renard (Edward G. Robinson). The drama wasn’t limited to the screen. Production personnel received threats and violence erupted at some screenings. Directed with hard-hitting verve by Anatole Litvak, Confessions of a Nazi Spy struck a nerve in its era. It remains a milestone of filmmaking commitment today.


Theatrical Release: 27 April 1939 (Beverly Hills, California)


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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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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:43:59

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.17 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 Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (3:20)

DVD Release Date: October, 2009
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It's disappointing that such an important movie, the first Hollywood film to deal with a threat of Nazism, gets an unrestored treatment to be dumped on DVD-R in Warner Archive Collection. Just last year, TCM premiered "1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year" that talked about this movie and its importance, but unlike other highlights of 1939 featured in the documentary, it doesn't even warrant a proper DVD release.

The transfer was not done recently, and while progressive, it is still marred by specks and marks (see cue mark in the last capture). A trailer is included with this release.

 - Gregory Meshman


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