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directed by Delmer Daves
USA 1947


Bogey's on the lam and Bacall's at his side in Dark Passage, Delmer Daves' stylish film-noir thriller that's the third of four films Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together. Bogart is Vincent Parry, a prison escapee framed for murder who emerges from plastic surgery with a new face. Bacall is Irene Jansen, Vincent's lone ally. In a supporting role, Agnes Moorehead portrays Madge, a venomous harpy who finds pleasure in the unhappiness of others. The chemistry of the leads is undeniable, and they augment it here with exceptional tenderness. Exceptional, too, are the atmospheric San Francisco locations and the imaginative camera work that shows Vincent's point of view - but not his face - until the bandages are removed. Lest Irene get ideas, the post-surgery Vincent tells her: "Don't change yours. I like it just as it is." So do we.


Theatrical Release: 5 September 1947 (New York)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,4 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 1,4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:46:04

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 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 English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Hold Your Breath and Cross Your Fingers featurette (10:31)
• Slick Hare Short (7:43)
• Theatrical trailer (2:13)

DVD Release Date: November 4th, 2003
Snap case or Keep case

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Dark Passage is the third collaboration between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and, out of 4 of their films together, their least successful. We already covered the other three - To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and Key Largo, so naturally we want to cover this Essential Film-Noir listing:

Even the lesser film has a lot going for it, including the terrific performance by Agnes Moorehead. The dual-layered disc was first released in a snapper case in 2003 and re-released in a keep case 3 years later with exactly the same contents. The progressive transfer looks excellent with no damage and mono soundtrack is adequate. The disc includes some nice extras, including a brief featurette on making of the film and an animated short by Friz Freleng Slick Hare that includes caricatures of Bogie and Bacall. A top-notch release by Warner that is highly recommended.

  - Gregory Meshman


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