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directed by Crane Wilbur
USA 1951

 

Is prison a place of punishment or a catalyst for personal change? The warden at infamous Folsom Prison answers in a way that breaks spirits and bones. On the other side is a new yard captain eager to institute reforms. And caught in between is a ticking time bomb of inmates ready to bust out. Set in the early 20th century and filmed within the actual prison, this intense tale of men behind bars belongs to the Warner Bros. lineage of social-conscience films like Caged, Each Dawn I Die and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. The cover-up of overseer brutality, the secret plans of escape, the fate of stoolies, the gnawing desperation, the clinging to hope where no hope survives: all happen Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison.

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Theatrical Release: 18 May 1951 (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 1:26:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.21 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

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DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
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Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison is mostly known as an inspiration to Johnny Cash for his song Folsom Prison Blues - the film was even seen briefly in Cash biopic Walk the Line.

The film itself hasn't been seen much and this Warner Archive Collection release marks its debut on home video. The progressive transfer is crisp and blacks are deep on the single-layered MOD disc. There is some grain and instances of marks and specs, but neither is distracting. A simple mono soundtrack is decent. No trailer was provided, but this release is recommended and a must for any Johnny Cash fan to see such a great presentation of his inspiration.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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