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directed by Joseph M. Newman
USA 1950

 

Academy AwardŽ winner Edmond O’Brien (Best Supporting Actor, The Barefoot Contessa, 1954) stars in this top-flight film noir, based on actual events. He plays a telephone repairman who uses his knowledge to help his bookie expand his business to increased profits and rises to the top. But when syndicate head Otto Kruger (Saboteur) wants to take over, things start to get dicey — and O’Brien’s in too deep to call the cops. With gritty photography by Frank F. Planer (Champion), direction by Joseph M. Newman (This Island Earth), and a white-knuckle climax atop Boulder Dam, this is one of the finest crime thrillers of its era. The excellent cast also includes Joanne Dru (Red River) and such veteran tough guys as Barry Kelly, Donald Porter, Howard St. John and Robert Osterloh, plus a brief appearance by Cleo Moore (Over-Exposed).

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Theatrical Release: 1 July 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Screen Classics by Request) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Sony Pictures

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:41:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.31 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:35)

DVD Release Date: September 2010
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Chapters 11

 

Comments

711 Ocean Drive is our second disc reviewed from Sony's Screen Classics by Request line and we are as impressed as with Mickey One. The film noir was released in 1950, so full screen ratio is as intended. The film was recently restored and the progressive transfer is very good (it was shown several times on TCM before this debut on home video). It compares very well to the fine transfers on film noir sets recently released by Sony Pictures. I noticed a slight damage at the beginning (capture #1) and at 35-minute mark, a whole sequence has lines running on the left side of the screen (capture #8, although it's more noticeable when in motion), but overall there was very little damage.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack is without any noticeable issues. The disc is single-layered and includes an original theatrical trailer, with Edmond O'Brien addressing the audience. The film is divided onto 11 chapters every 10 minutes and per usual practice for on-demand releases, there are no subtitles provided. The disc can be purchased directly from Sony Pictures, at Movies Unlimited or Deep Discount and is not sold in stores or, at this time, at Amazon. Amazon is listing a bootleg edition from Customflix, so be aware.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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