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(aka "-Thirty-" or "Deadline Midnight")


directed by Jack Webb
USA 1959


EXTRA! SEE ALL ABOUT IT! From The Front Page to All the President’s Men to State of Play, movies have long found a newspaper office to be a lively source of colorful characters and human drama. It’s ideal for the brisk style of Jack Webb (Dragnet) – a world Webb explores in a film taking its title from the “-30-” reporters place at the end of a story. In -30-, newshounds race against the clock to fill the empty page with stories that will become part of America’s next morning alongside a cup of coffee. Webb leads the way, playing the night editor of a big-city paper whose staff includes William Conrad, David Nelson, Joe Flynn and Richard Deacon. From 3 PM till midnight, they’ll ride the adrenaline rush of dramas that shape the world and their own lives. Come next day, they’ll gladly do it again.


Theatrical Release: 11 November 1959 (New York)

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

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:36:21

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.64 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 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2010
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Chapters 17



Jack Webb is now mostly known as a creator and star of Dragnet TV series, but he also directed a handful of motion pictures. Out of 5 theatrical features he directed, only Pete Kelly's Blues saw a pressed DVD release from Warner Home Video in 2008 and that disc is already out of print. Thanks to made-on-demand discs, Universal released theatrical version of Dragnet HERE, currently exclusive to Amazon and Warner Archive released The D.I. HERE. Now comes a remastered edition of Jack Webb's newspaper drama "-30-" from Warner Archive Collection. While the film is somewhat dated now, it still holds well mostly due to fine performances by its cast.

The black-and-white image is rendered well in this anamorphic progressive transfer. There is no damage on the print, just some marks fly by, but there are very few of those. Overall, a very good restoration and the best one in Archive Collection we reviewed so far. The mostly dialogue driven soundtrack sounds excellent as well. There is no trailer available on the disc and there are generous 17 chapters provided. An very good job by Warner Archive for this underrated title.

  - Gregory Meshman


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