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Directed by Edward Dmytryk
USA
1964

 

Based on Harold Robbins’ dexterously salacious bestselling novel, a young woman, Danny (Joey Heatherton) has murdered a man, who was the latest lover of her mother (Susan Hayward). Danny’s father, Luke Miller (Mike Connors) describes the events that led to the tragedy. Bette Davis plays Danny’s domineering grandmother and Jane Greer plays her sympathetic probation officer. The stellar cast also includes DeForest Kelley (Star Trek), George Macready (Gilda), Anne Seymour and Anthony Caruso. Directed by Edward Dmytryk (The Carpetbaggers), Screenplay by John Michael Hayes (Torch Song, Peyton Place) and Costumes by legendary designer Edith Head.

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Sufficient ingenuity and shock value in character delineation have been interwoven into the screenplay to maintain high-tempoed interest as the yarn revolves around a bitter divorced couple come together again briefly to save their daughter after the 15-year-old girl kills her mother's lover.

Susan Hayward and Bette Davis share top honors in impressive performances, former as the daughter whose life is a story of indiscretions. Davis, smart in a white wig, plays the autocratic mother, who always sees that the family name is protected at any price, a scheming woman of unscrupulous methods and seemingless inexhaustible means. Picture is a brilliant showcase for both actresses and projects them in roles which will find much comment. As the mixed-up teenager who never knew domestic happiness, Joey Heatherton is ideally cast and delivers a compelling portrayal.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 2nd, 1964

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Runtime 1:54:28  1:54:30.029
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,876,895,927 bytes

Feature: 19,689,228,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.80 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 909 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 909 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None None
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Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: September 28th, 2010

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Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,876,895,927 bytes

Feature: 19,689,228,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.80 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Blu-ray Release Date: February 28th, 2012
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Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Olive - Region 'A' Blu-ray - February 2012: The softness exhibited by the 1080P transfer is frustrating. I suspect that the SD had a bit of black boosting which, beside the Blu-ray, tends to make the new format image appear even looser. It looks okay in-motion but I almost question where this was a boost as opposed to a new transfer - but colors do improve and gain more layers. The single-layering and nominal bitrate may ell be a factor in the limited HD presentation.

Audio goes lossless and authentic in the puny mono. It all clear and clean but devoid of real depth. There are no extras nor subtitles - just like the 2010 DVD.

I've come to accept that I will happily watch anything with Bette Davis... and that I just don't have the temperament to believe Susan Hayward in any role I've, yet, come across. Where Love has Gone (sounds like an 'Earth, Wind and Fire' hit) is no masterpiece - the appeal, for me, lies in the classic Hollywood-drama milieu - it's here is spades (Gotta love Joey Heatherton, Mike 'Mannix' Connors and DeForest 'Bones' Kelley in the mix!). Unless you find yourself drawn to this film - choose the edition that is least expensive - the Blu-ray doesn't offer enough to defend a case to indulge.

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ON THE DVD: Olive Films is handling another older Paramount release. It will become available simultaneously with My Favorite Spy , Once Is Not Enough, Knock on Wood and Harlow. I was impressed with the three Noir films they released - Appointment With Danger, William Dieterle's Dark City and Rudolph Mate's Union Station as well as the enjoyable Hammer-esque sci-fi Crack in the World from the mid 60`s. Even Hannie Caulder had some minor merit.

Like previous Olive Film DVDs this is both dual-layered, progressive and bare-bones. Where Love has Gone is a gorgeous film from the opulent 2.35 widescreen to the impressive cast wearing vibrant Edith Head mid-60's fashion. There is even depth prevalent that we don't usually see in this format. I saw some untoward speckles at around the 1-hour mark but that was the only negative I would have with this image that sports solid detail and few artefacts. The screen grabs can support the excellent source that was used.

The unremarkable 2.0 channel audio is, predictably, flat but everything is consistent and dialogue clear. As stated there are no extras - not even a trailer - nor subtitles offered.   

We can now say a 'typical' Olive Films Opus SD release (strong video/no extras) - I enjoyed - but I'm not crazy about the DVD cover (ugggh). You know what you like - indulge at your discretion!

Gary W. Tooze

 


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