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directed by Curtis Bernhardt
USA 1947

 

Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn’t really know. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he’ll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea. But truth cannot hide. And Kenet – assisted by a ward doctor (Audrey Totter) – is driven to find that truth. With bravura use of genre trademarks like expressionist shadows and subjective camera, director Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed) builds a High Wall into a film noir psychological thriller that, little noted its day, is ready for an honored place amid the shadowy shrines of noir . Go behind the wall into the inner sanctum of noir and consciousness.

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Theatrical Release: 17 December 1947 (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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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:15
Video

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.

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 (2:20)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2010
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Chapters 10

 

Comments

High Wall is scheduled to play at Noir City 9, but before seeing it on the big screen, Warner Archive Collection gave us a chance to view it on this single-layered MOD disc.

The progressive transfer of the MGM film noir is top-notch. There is very little on terms of marks on the print, the black level is deep and the grain is not intrusive. The opening credits are window-boxed. The mono soundtrack is good and there is a 2-minute trailer provided. A highly recommended release of this fine film noir.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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