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(aka 'Die linke Hand Gottes')

 

Directed by Edward Dmytryk
USA
1955

 

Both star Humphrey Bogart (then 56) and director Edward Dmytryk (47) had pretty interesting careers behind them by the time they made The Left Hand Of God together. The previous year the pair had worked together on The Caine Mutiny, which had resulted in a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Bogart and a Directors Guild Award for Dmytryk.

While Bogart had his best-known classics - The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca - behind him, his consistently healthy career had undergone a late bloom in the 1950s, with films such as 1951's The African Queen (for which he won the Best Actor Oscar) and the aforementioned Caine Mutiny. With the latter film, meanwhile, Dmytryk had been able to pull himself out of the controversy that had mired his career since he was blacklisted by HUAC in 1947 as one of the Hollywood Ten. He spent time in prison, but testified again in 1951, an act that adversely affected the lives of several industry colleagues. He never escaped the shadow of this act, but was able to consolidate his position as a Hollywood director again.

Excerpt from Film4 located HERE

 

Dmytryk (whose wife, onetime MGM contract ingénue Jean Porter, can be seen as Carmody's common-law bride) could see that Bogart was already in physical decline, which he reminisced about in his memoir It's a Hell of a Life but Not a Bad Living. "His chain smoking was really getting him down. Before the start of a scene, he would slip into a paroxysm of coughing that would elicit concern from almost every member of the crew. At one time or another, nearly every one on the set begged him to cut down on his smoking, but Bogey would just shrug his shoulders and light another cigarette." The director also noted how gamely Bogart, who had recently suffered a slipped disc, approached his requisite sequences on horseback.

For the beautiful and emotionally fragile Tierney, The Left Hand of God would be her last lead appearance in a Hollywood film. As she recounted in her autobiography Self-Portrait, finishing the shoot proved a struggle, and it was not lost on Bogart. "He recognized the signs, went to the studio bosses and warned them I was sick and needed help...They suggested Bogart be kind and gentle. He was nothing less. His patience and understanding carried me through the film."

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 2nd, 1955

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DVD Review: CarolMedia - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution CarolMedia - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:23:51 (4% PAL speedup) 
Video 2.52:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: CarolMedia

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.52:1

Edition Details:

• Gallery
• Text Bios
• Trailers 


DVD Release Date: October 18th, 2010

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Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

Certainly interesting to see later Bogie and Tierney in this film not previously released on DVD (excepting a, reportedly, weak Spanish edition HERE).

This transfer is s very pleasant surprise. The CarolMedia PAL DVD is dual-layered, anamorphic and progressive. The widescreen is impressive showing some Cinemascope mumps - looking a shade horizontally stretched. Colors are pretty good, a shade faded, and detail is excellent. There are a few compression artefacts, and it is a shade green but nothing that overly deterred my presentation. This Twentieth Century Fox film is very clean and must have come from an excellent source. I can't understand why it hasn't arrived in region 1 but this is far better than I was anticipating.

Audio is 2.0 channel (English) is suitable and dialogue is clear and consistent. Not far off, I suspect, from the way it was produced. Set to sell to a German audience as well - it has an optional Deutsche DUB. There are no subtitles offered on the region free PAL-encoded disc.

There are no significant extras - a limited gallery, text bios and some previews. Another positive, beyond the transfer and film is... the price. It seems reasonably strong value for Bogie/Tierney fans. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I appreciated my viewing. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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