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Directed by Archie Mayo
USA 1935


An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss's neurotic wife in this fast-paced and entertaining drama. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Bette Davis ("All About Eve"), Margaret Lindsay ("Please Don't Eat the Daises") and Oscar-winner Paul Muni ("Scarface") do an excellent job in bringing their complex characters to life.




Theatrical Release: January 23rd,1935

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:27
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:  5.5 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 English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Archive Advert (:59)

• Trailer (2:36)

DVD Release Date: August 4th, 2009

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Muni does a superlative job in an ethnic portrayal. He plays a idealistic Mexican from who, after years of night school, becomes a lawyer. His passion exceeds the courts patience and, rejected, heads (seemingly by foot) to a lively Tijuana night-club where gals like Bette Davis and Margaret Lindsay give him further life lessons. Throw in a framed murder, prejudicial and social conscience themes and we have an early Noir - certainly the building blocks are here.

It's a single-layered, progressive, DVD-R that looks very good. Both film and source are obviously worthy of a full-fledged release. Damage is sparse (a few light scratches), detail consistent and contrast quite good. I wouldn't have asked for much more and Bordertown could have made the jump in a number of past Warner boxsets. Why not? Hmmm?

As usual, no subtitles - and, unremarkable but clear 2.0 channel sound. Extras consist a 2:36 trailer and the minute-long Archive advert that starts the disc presentation.

This is a great character portrait and Muni and Davis carry so much of the film's enjoyment. We have excellent vintage cinema very worthy of a 'more noble' disc representation but we'll, take what we can get at this stage and certainly recommend seeing Bordertown. This film is a prime example of why to indulge in the Warner Archive.

Gary W. Tooze


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