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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Big Decision" )


directed by Felix E. Feist
USA 1951


A well-known sports writer, Pete Ferreday (John Ireland), watches from the sidelines as Johnny Long, a promising young basketball star (Marshall Thompson), becomes involved with organized crime. Tempted by easy money and the fulfillment of a love affair with the lovely Pat Judd (Vanessa Brown) the gifted young athlete plays right into the hands of the mob and becomes part of a point shaving scheme to fix games. Despite the newspaper man's attempt to intervene, the cheating on the basketball court intensifies as the gamblers resort to violence.


Theatrical Release: August 1951 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:05:18

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.50 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 Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alpha

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2004
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The Basketball Fix is a forgettable little programmer from Jack Broder Productions who also produced Bride of the Gorilla and Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. There are no gorillas in this film, just John Ireland (Oscar-nominated for All the King's Men just previous year) playing a sports writer attempting to keep a promising basketball player and a college freshman (played by Marshall Thompson in his mid-20's) out of trouble with the law. Despite some dark photography in a scene or two, there is nothing film-noir about it.

The film is available from various public domain sources, and this DVD from Alpha Video is decent. The interlaced transfer is full of damage, marks and specs and in no way should be compared to the extensive restorations done by big studios like Warner, Sony, Paramount, or even VCI. Whites are too bright and blacks are closer to gray, but compared to the rest of Alpha releases, this disc is above average. The Dolby 2.0 Mono soundtrack is good; dialogues and voice-overs are reasonably clear. As usual for Alpha, there is no extras except for the catalogue of their other releases. The disc is currently priced at $1 at Amazon Marketplace, so it's worth one look, but don't expect revisiting this title after that.

  - Gregory Meshman


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