S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'The Naked and the Dead')
Long before he won Pulitzer Prizes for such Koch Medialy
acclaimed literary works as Armies of the Night (1969) and The
Executioner's Song (1980), Norman Mailer spent two years serving in the
Philippines as a rifleman for the Marines during World War II. His tough, gritty
experiences there were later transformed into his first novel, The Naked and
the Dead (1948), generally considered to be one of the finest American
novels ever written about World War II. RKO Pictures took on the enormous task
of bringing the prestigious book to the big screen in 1958 and with an expert
craftsman like Raoul Walsh (Objective,
Burma! (1945), Battle Cry, 1955) at the helm things looked
promising. The real challenge, however, was how to remain true to Mailer's
artistic vision and literary masterwork.
Theatrical Release: October 25th, 1958
DVD Review: Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL|
|Runtime||2:10:36 (4% PAL speedup)|
Average Bitrate: 6.94 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 1.0), DUB: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Italian, None|
One word about the transfer - "Ugghhh". Hard to believe in 2010 anyone would produce 2.35:1 aspect ratio films in a letterboxed, non-16X9, format. But that is not the end of it - despite being dual-layered the image is horrendous - bordering on unwatchable- filled with artefacts and is extremely hazy and soft.
Audio doesn't fare much better and there is an optional Italy DUB and similar subtitles. The disc is region 2 in the PAL format.
The film and book are notable for being Terrence Malick's inspiration for The Thin Red Line. We can't recommend the disc but would love to see it released in a more competent transfer one day. This appears to be the only game in town at present.