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directed by Irving Rapper
UK 1951

 

Bette Davis pulls out all the stops as Janet Frobisher, a devious, selfish vixen who will stop at nothing to get what she wants in Another Man's Poison, a drama deliciously full of unexpected twists and turns. Frobisher is a rich mystery writer who falls in love with her secretary's fiancÚ and lures him away. But her happiness is far from ensured. She first must deal with a long forgotten ex-convict husband who tries to blackmail her, and then she must scheme her way out of the clutches of her husband's ruthless partner, George Bates (Gary Merrill, Davis's husband in real life). Davis proves why she remains such an acting legend as she dominates the screen in the kind of part that only she could bring to life so vividly.

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Theatrical Release: 20 November 1951 (London)

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DVD Review: Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:18
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.5 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: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bette Davis Filmography

DVD Release Date: February 18, 2000
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

In our attempt to cover Essential noirs released on DVD and Blu-ray, we picked up this out of print disc from Image Entertainment of Bette Davis vehicle Another Man's Poison. Despite appearing on many classic American film noir lists, the film was produced in the United Kingdom after Bette Davis won her Oscar for All About Eve. This film also stars her then-husband, Gary Merrill.

Licensed from Castle Hill Productions, Image disc was released in 2000 and went out of print 5 years later. The disc is currently being sold as new for over $180 on Amazon marketplace, although a few used listings popped up recently for under $20. But does it worth the higher pricing? Unfortunately, no! Most likely transferred from a video source, the interlaced image suffers from chroma (see capture #4) and blown-out whites. The noisy mono soundtrack is passable and there are no subtitles provided. The single extra is Bette Davis filmography on several text screens, most likely copied from imdb. Hopefully, Castle Hill can re-do this better-than-average title with an improved transfer, but otherwise this Image release doesn't worth the extra money it's currently sold for.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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