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directed by Jack Bernhard
USA 1947


How would World War II veterans adjust to life on the postwar home front? Hollywood looked at various aspects of that question in major films like The Best Years of Our Lives, Pride of the Marines and Till the End of Time. And it would look at it through the prism of B-movies like Violence, a trim, noir-edged thriller wrapped around a then-topical story of a racketeering organization that recruits angry war veterans into its violent agenda. Jack Bernhard of the previous year’s applauded film noir Decoy directs. And future megahit TV producer Sheldon Leonard brings his snarling, tough-guy demeanor to the role of the racket’s chief muscle. When he says “We got ways of makin’ people talk,” it’s best you should listen.


Theatrical Release: 12 April 1947 (premiere)

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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 1:12:21

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.43 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2010
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Violence is a B-movie programmer released by Monogram and directed by Jack Bernhard, a man behind film noir cult classics, Decoy, which was his first film, and 2 years later he did Blonde Ice. It features a good performance by Nancy Coleman, but the good girl of this film is not nearly as interesting as the femme fatales of the other 2 films. So is the film itself, despite having a twist or two, it doesn't come close to Jack Bernhard's debut.

It's been impossible to find a good version of Violence on home video, and this Warner Archive disc is a welcome release. The film was newly restored, and although the first-generation materials are long gone, what we have here is in a very good shape. There are some marks on the print, but single-layered progressive transfer is very good. The sound is likewise, without any issues. There are no subtitles and no extras, but the film is a welcome release for film noir enthusiasts who's been looking for a good copy of this film for years.

  - Gregory Meshman


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