directed by Joseph Losey
USA 1948

 

Made in the hopeful post-World War II era that produced such classics of social conscience as Gentlemen’s Agreement, Pinky and Home of the Brave, this provocative film is a fable for its time – and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America…until the day his hair turns green. Then the townfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand. A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that “different” doesn’t mean “threatening,” The Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O’Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song (Nature Boy) and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (The Servant, The Go-Between).

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 1948

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

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:45
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.48 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Warner Archives Promo (:58)

DVD Release Date: December 1st, 2009
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Chapters 7

 

Comments

ADDITION: We added two caps from the greenish Pan Vision PAL DVD (Finland) that looks even hazier and has burned-in Finnish subtitles (Thanks Pepsi!).

Pretty cute little Losey film - social messages abound - with brief stint from Robert Ryan and the lovely Miss Della Street (Barbara Hale).

It's another single-layered, but progressive, DVD-R treatment - the Technicolor hues looks quite remarkable although the overall image can tend to look a shade soft. However, the DVD gave me a fine presentation looking much better than I had anticipated - it is fairly clean and colors are bright and appealing.

As usual, no subtitles - and, unremarkable but audible 2.0 channel sound. It's consistent enough not to hinder enjoyment. Extras offer nutt'in but the Archive advert that starts the disc presentation.

Yes, that's Dean Stockwell as the orphan - in this early and uniquely light, RKO color, Losey film. Amusing fantasy stuff with a club-over-the-noggin message but that's easy enough to forgive - yes, war is hell. I have to admit this modest little ditty has some appeal that I can't shake. Give it a spin!

Gary W. Tooze

 



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1) Warner Archive - Region 0 - NTSC TOP
2) Finnish Edition (Pan Vision) - Region '2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


1) Warner Archive - Region 0 - NTSC TOP
2) Finnish Edition (Pan Vision) - Region '2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


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Region 0 - NTSC

 





 

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