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Directed by Jean Negulesco
USA 19
47

 

Libby Saul (Ida Lupino) was raised in the Deep Valley. Isolated on a farm with her bitter parents, her only friend a devoted dog, Libby knows loneliness too well. Then a crew of convicts arrives to build a road and Libby is fascinated by the strangers, especially a good-looking hothead named Barry (Dane Clark). When Barry escapes his work gang, Libby offers him shelter – a gesture of kindness that awakens her timid soul. Lupino gives further proof of her remarkable dramatic range with a sensitive portrayal of an awkward, stuttering girl transformed by love. And director Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda), with a painterly appreciation of light and shadow, captures the wild beauty of the film’s Big Sur locations.

Theatrical Release: July 30th, 1947

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

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:56 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.15 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 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:03)
• Archive Advert (:59)

DVD Release Date: July 6th, 2009

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Chapters: 10

 

Comments:

Exceptional film - heavy on the melodrama with a stalwart Lupino but we'd have to say a debatable noir despite inclusion in our comprehensive listing. It certainly has some elements from the 'dark cinema' and should definitely be seen by more than just completists of the style. It has become quite a forgotten film. 

It's another single-layered DVD-R treatment that is progressive, but the Chroma Bug is rampant in almost every capture below. It's very grainy at times (which I love... even in SD) and some minor damage but those sensitive to the heavy chroma may find it distracting.  Being a Lupino junkie this is one I'd like to see done up properly.

Predictably, no subtitles - and, unremarkable but audible 2.0 channel sound. Extras consist of a trailer and the too-oft seen Archive advert that starts the disc presentation.

It's a morose endeavor and reports some bona-fide nostalgia with 'Lady Noir' Lupino in it. I'm disappointed in the transfer but as this never even had a VHS release - this looks like the only game in town for this clandestine and melancholy love romance. See this when you can! 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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