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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Five Steps of Terror" or "Five Steps To Danger' or 'Red Visible')


Directed by Henry S. Kesler
USA 1957


Stranded in a small California town after experiencing car trouble, vacationing John Emmett is spared the tedium of bus travel when he has a chance meeting with Ann Nicholson who offers him a lift if he'll agree to split the driving duties to Santa Fe. He soon learns that Ann is actually a patient recovering from a nervous breakdown, however, and a simple little road trip blossoms into a Cold War nightmare as the couple are ensnared in a web of mystery involving vital national security secrets!

Based on Donald Hamilton's "The Steel Mirror" (serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1948), 5 Steps to Danger stars film noir icon Sterling Hayden (The Asphalt Jungle) as a Hitchcockian hero innocently up to his neck in intrigue and danger. Ruth Roman, no stranger to noir films herself (The Window), is Hayden's love interest: a woman whose suspicious background makes her someone difficult to trust.

Directed by Henry Kessler, Danger also features several familiar classic TV faces among its supporting cast: Werner Klemperer, a two-time Emmy winner as Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes, portrays a psychiatrist, and daytime drama doyenne Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless) is Roman's concerned nurse. Stir in uncredited contributions from Sidney Clute (Cagney & Lacey) and Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke), and you have in Five Steps to Danger a crackling good suspense thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end!


Theatrical Release: January 30th, 1957

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Review: ClassicFlix - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution ClassicFlix - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:14.059   

Disc Size: 21,724,829,503 bytes

Feature Size: 21,586,968,576 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video  


DTS-HD Master Audio English 1959 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1959 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:


Disc Size: 21,724,829,503 bytes

Feature Size: 21,586,968,576 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video   


Edition Details:
• None

Blu-ray Release Date:
April 24th, 2018
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12


ClassicFlix Blu-ray to date:


Along Came Jones


Another Man's Poison


Casanova Brown


Crime of Passion


Down 3 Dark Streets


Five Steps to Danger


He Walked By Night


Merrily We Live


Raw Deal


The Killer is Loose


The Man Who Watched Trains


The Noose Hangs High




Tomorrow is Forever


You Only Live Twice





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


ClassicFlix have brought the wonderfully Noirish 5 Steps to Danger to Blu-ray. The 1080P transfer is on a single-layered disc with a high bitrate. The image has a pleasing film-like thickness.


The ClassicFlix Blu-ray use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono (24-bit) in the original English language. There are modest effects - mostly cars. The score is credited to Paul Sawtell (A Game of DeathInfernoSilver CityThe FlyDenver and Rio GrandeVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea etc.) and Bert Shefter (teaming with Sawtell on The Bubble, She-Devil and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea). There are optional English subtitles (see sample) offered on ClassicFlix's Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

ClassicFlix have no extras - a true bare-bones disc.


While I LOVED this Noir build - I wasn't keen on the espionage/spy divergence later in the story. Ruth Roman and Sterling Hayden were enough for me, though. The ClassicFlix Blu-ray offers 5 Steps to Danger in 1080P and it's a film I will revisit for its Noir conventions. Sweet.   

Gary Tooze







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Distribution ClassicFlix - Region A' - Blu-ray

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