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Directed by Phil Karlson
USA 1955

 

A quartet of Korean war vets—aided by a sizzling Kim Novak—plan a “perfect” crime - robbing a casino in Reno, Nevada. What starts out as a prank becomes deadly serious, especially for the one vet with psychopathic tendencies. Noir specialist Phil Karlson directs Novak, Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Kerwin Matthews, Alvy Moore and William Conrad. 5 Against the House has a running time of 84 minutes and is not rated.

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When college buddies Ronnie (Kerwin Mathews) and Roy (Alvy Moore) are briefly detained by the Reno police in association with a casino robbery, Ronnie becomes obsessed with figuring out how to plan the perfect heist. At first it is a strictly intellectual exercise, but when the emotionally disturbed Korean War vet Brick (Brian Keith) gets involved, the friends -- including straitlaced Al (Guy Madison) and his nightclub-singer girlfriend, Kaye (Kim Novak) -- have to pull the job for real.

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Theatrical Release: June 10th, 1955

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Sony - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Kit Parker Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Sony Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Kit Parker Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:06        1:23:13.738 
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,840,881,959 bytes

Feature: 17,064,198 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 945 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 945 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)s

Subtitles English, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• No supplements for 5 Against the House

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2009
Custom digi-pak case
 
Chapters: 17

Release Information:
Studio:
Kit Parker

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,840,881,959 bytes

Feature: 15,476,391,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• No extras - shares the disc with The Night Holds Terror and New Orleans Uncensored


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 16th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kit Parker Blu-ray (August 2019): Kit Parker Films in association with Millcreek Entertainment have released the first (of three announced) of these 3 Blu-ray / 9 Film Noir features Boxsets. Volume Two is has:

Bait (1954), The Crooked Web (1955), The Night Holds Terror (1955), Footsteps in the Fog (1955), Cell 2455, Death Row (1955), 5 Against the House (1955), New Orleans Uncensored (1955), Spin a Dark Web (1955), and Rumble on the Docks (1956)

Volume One was described as "Stalwart noir directors and casts highlight these hard to find features Address Unknown (1944) dir/William Cameron Menzies, cast/Paul Lukas, Carl Esmond, Peter Van Eyck; Escape in the Fog (1945) dir/Oscar (Budd) Boetticher cast/Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright; The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947) dir/Henry Levin cast/Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar; The Black Book (aka The Reign of Terror) (1949) dir/Anthony Mann cast/Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Arlene Dahl; Johnny Allegro (1949) dir/Ted Tetzlaff cast/George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready; 711 Ocean Drive (1950) dir/Joseph M. Newman cast/Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger; The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) dir/Earl McEvoy cast/Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop; Assignment Paris (1952) dir/Earl McEvoy cast/Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, George Sanders; The Miami Story (1954) dir/Fred F. Sears cast/Barry Sullivan, Luther Adler, John Baer - all in high definition presented in their original aspect ratios."

So, Volume 2 is also 3 films on 3 dual-layered Blu-rays, with a decent bitrate in 1080P and this is in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This has the same speckles as the Sony DVD - but we lose that horrible green cast of the SD transfer (part of Film Noir Classic 1 reviewed HERE.) This is a remarkable improvement and fans should welcomes in the end 1080P image - texture is lush and exports very film-like visuals.

The audio is 24-bit lossless (DTS-HD Master mono) exporting the score by George Duning (Assignment Paris, The Guilt of Janet Ames, The Man From Laramie, 3:10 to Yuma, Jeanne Eagels, The Shadow on the Window, Tight Spot, etc.). It sounds clean with minor depth. The Blu-ray offers optional English subtitles (see sample) on this Region FREE Blu-ray package.

No supplements - but the disc is shared with The Night Hold Terror and New Orleans Uncensored. 'Dark Cinema' aficionados get to revisit this notable crime-dramas in a far more superior film-like presentation with optional subtitles. This is 50's heist thriller with the great cast including Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Mathews, William Conrad helmed by the great Phil Karlson (Tight Spot, Kansas City Confidential, Gunman's Walk, Wife Wanted, Framed, Hell to Eternity, 99 River Street). It's a super addition to this Blu-ray set.

Gary Tooze

 


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