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(aka "Galveston" )


directed by Irving Reis
USA 1946


After a train wreck sends art critic George Steele (Pat O’Brien) into a mental tailspin, he’s fired from his job at a New York art museum. Seems unjust – until you learn there was no train wreck. This relentless, nervy film noir explores the sinister world of violence and the monied world of aesthetics as Steele’s attempt to reconstruct what really happened leads him to murder, mania and an international conspiracy that threatens the museum’s masterpieces. Herbert Marshall (Foreign Correspondent, The Letter) joins the hunt as a mysterious Brit who’s awfully chummy with the cops. And noir great Claire Trevor (Murder, My Sweet; Key Largo) plays Steele’s sweetheart, a savvy journalist who may know more a lot more than she’s telling.


Theatrical Release: 6 September 1946 (USA)

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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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Runtime 1:33:09

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 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
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: August 24th, 2010
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Warner Archive Collection keeps going strong with film noir  releases and this thriller from RKO. Crack-Up was released back in August. We only recently seen it for review and, unfortunately, the progressive transfer is not the best in the collection.

The single-layered MOD disc has many instances of marks and speckles and the image is overly grainy/noisy in some scenes, although blacks are solid. The mono soundtrack is decent and there are no extras for this title. Despite the drawbacks of the print (most likely, the best Warner has for this film without going through costly restoration), it is a recommended purchase for any film noir  fan.

  - Gregory Meshman


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