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directed by Michael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon
USA 1932

 

Stephan Brenner may be young, but – after his work with a severely injured child and his subsequent efforts with earthquake victims in Italy – he’s made a name for himself as a skilled, compassionate surgeon. But it’s actually Karl (Richard Barthelmess), Stephan’s foster brother, who is the surgeon. And behind Karl’s use of his brother’s identity lies a sentimental tale of secrets, love and sacrifice. Director Michael Curtiz and art director Anton Grot elevated their status at Warner Bros. with Alias the Doctor. Using tilted walls, shadows and other expressionist techniques, Curtiz and Grot made the film a triumph of style and paved the way for their teaming few months later in the eerily atmospheric Doctor X.

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Theatrical Release: 25 February 1932 (Los Angeles, California)

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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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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

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Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

Runtime 1:00:50
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.62 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:15)

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010
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Chapters 16

 

Comments

Richard Barthelmess was a silent film star whose popularity diminished with the invent of sound. He kept acting in smaller parts and B movies and Warner Archive Collection already released 5 of his sound films on DVD. Alias the Doctor, a 6th Barthelmess title they are releasing, is a little known melodrama that runs just a little over one hour. The newly remastered transfer looks fine on this single-layered progressive made-on-demand disc. It definitely shows signs of its age - many marks and specs on the print, including some damaged frames. Despite its imperfections it is still watchable.

The soundtrack is unremarkable, with some distortion, but we must consider early sound recording technology when evaluating these early talkies. Still this new transfer looks much better than what was available before. There is a brief trailer provided on the disc and it has 16 chapters. The film can be purchased separately or, exclusive to Warner Archives web page, as so called "Warner Bros. '30s Classics Ripped From the Headlines" (see above link) with 4 other early 1930's movies we are reviewing at DVD Beaver, which would make it a better value.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

 

 


 




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