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USA 1944

A classic noir thriller with Robinson in top form as the likeable professor of criminal psychology who finds his most vivid fantasies and fears fulfilled when his wife and kids take a vacation and leave him alone to cope with the evils of the big city. Meeting up (innocently, it seems) with the woman of his dreams - the subject of a painting in a gallery window he passes regularly - he becomes involved first in the violent killing of a man, then in blackmail. Meanwhile his DA pal (Massey) keeps him in touch with the police's search for the killer. With Bennett and Duryea superb as the eponymous heroine and the blackmailer, and atmospheric camerawork by Milton Krasner, it's not merely a dazzling piece of suspense, but also a characteristically stark demonstration of Lang's belief in the inevitability of fate: Robinson, basically a good man, makes one small slip in a moment of relaxation, and he's doomed.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 3rd, 1944

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Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:39:12 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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 mono), DUBs: Spanish (Dolby Digital mono), French (Dolby Digital mono)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Studio: MGM Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2007

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Chapters: 20

 

Comments:

Another decent, if not stellar, progressive, single-layered, transfer from MGM. Fairly good contrast and grey tones and the image is (again - as Bullet For Joey) fairly clean. Still some artifacts but it's a pleasant surprise from the usual lackluster manner that MGM has tended to treat such classics.

No extras at all but there are optional subtitles and a couple of DUBs available. The lack of extras would make the price on the exorbitant side if it wasn't that the film is absolutely marvelous! It also begs the point that it definitely deserves some bona-fide supplements. I suppose it is just great to finally have this Lang gem on my shelf now. Edward G. has a different kind of role (for him) and Joan Bennett is as comely as ever. Pure Noir gold and strongly recommended!

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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