S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Die linke Hand Gottes')
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.
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.
Theatrical Release: September 2nd, 1955
DVD Review: CarolMedia - Region 0 - PAL
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|Distribution||CarolMedia - Region 0 - PAL|
|Runtime||1:23:51 (4% PAL speedup)|
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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
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.