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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Lewis Seiler
USA 19


Out of the frying pan into the inferno for Frankie, Squirt, Goofy, Spike and the rest of their pals. They’ve been grabbed off slum streets and sent to reform school. There, they’ll be changed. Brutally changed into hardened criminals unless a compassionate defender stands up for them. One year after his corrosive influence on slum kids as Baby Face Martin in Dead End, Humphrey Bogart portrays a champion of wayward boys in this social-conscience movie. Playing the boys: Dead End’s Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Billy Halop and more, beginning their memorable string of Warner Bros. Dead End Kids films that includes Angels with Dirty Faces and the Crime School remake Hell’s Kitchen.




Theatrical Release: May 10th, 1938

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

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Runtime 1:25:06
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:  6.9 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 (3:00)

DVD Release Date: August 4th, 2009

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Chapters: 10



Typical Bowery Boys 'juvi' pulp - flirting with the dark side but they end up learning to be, basically, good eggs thanks to some positive intervention. Young Bogie and the lads fill their roles with usual charm.   

It's another single-layered, but progressive, DVD-R treatment that has more damage and noise than most will appreciate but the image has some moments of remarkable clarity and contrast but noise and artefacts exist as the feature takes up only abut 3.6 Gig.

As usual, no subtitles - and, unremarkable but audible 2.0 channel sound. It's weaker in this area but not enough to dismiss. I'm fairly forgiving considering the age. Extras consist a trailer that is really the first few minutes of the film and the Archive advert that starts the disc presentation.

I've always had a soft spot for these "Dead End Kid" flics. This is one of the better ones and the transfer has some surprisingly good visuals aspects - the speckles etc are rife but if you are a fan it's not a bad presentation considering. 

Gary W. Tooze


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