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directed by Edward Bernds
USA 19
53

 

Sportswriter Mark Miller (Stanley Clements) sent plenty of opponents crashing to the canvas in his former career as a boxer. But now he’s in the greatest fight of his life, tangling with gangland heavyweights in a bid to clean up the fight game. Taking on one of the hottest sports-world issues of the ’50s, Hot News has everything a fan of hard-boiled B’s wants: gambling kingpins, punch-drunk pugilists, good-girl brunettes and good-time blondes in a taut, pared-to-the-bone tale of corruption and its consequences. The cast of familiar faces includes Veda Ann Borg (The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), Ted de Corsia (The Enforcer), Gloria Henry (Alice Mitchell on TV’s Dennis the Menace) and former child star Scotty Beckett.

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Theatrical Release: October 11th, 1953

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:01:38
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.60 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 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2010
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Chapters 7

 

Comments

As far as 'B' pictures go - this is pretty darn good. You can only dig so deep in an hour and this gives a good surface story of sports gambling corruption with the ex-boxer investigative journalist angle. Clements is great as the hard-headed reporter as is Gloria Henry as his gal-pal.

It's standard single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks excellent. The image is very impressive with great contrast and detail. It is totally free of damage and is as impressive an image as I can recall from a film of this era. The disc supports Hot News with a fine high bitrate, transfer with plenty of shadows and light play - excellent visually.

The mono sound is equally clean and easily discernable. There are no subtitles offered nor supplement.

This is a pleasant film and viewing experience. Typical 'B' rapid pacing and all things considered - a surprisingly effective film. This is the debut of this movie on digital disc and while not groundbreaking - is very entertaining for fans of the era and genre.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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