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directed by Anthony Asquith
UK 1959


With a lovely wife and a resplendent manor that’s a de rigueur stop on tours of England’s stately homes, Sir Mark Loddon leads an enviable life. Then a newspaper charges that Loddon was killed during a wartime escape from a POW camp and a look-alike has since ruled the baronet’s realm. Outraged, Loddon sues for libel, setting in motion revelations of war, memory, trauma and deception that causes Lady Loddon (Olivia de Havilland) and Sir Mark (Dirk Bogarde) himself to question his identity. Anthony Asquith (The Browning Version, The VIPs) guides this star-infused courtroom drama based on a Broadway hit and enhanced by the maneuvering of Robert Morley and Wilfred Hyde-White in the roles of collegial yet cunning rival barristers.


Theatrical Release: 23 October 1959 (New York)

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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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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:39

1.78 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:13)

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2011
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Chapters 29



Libel is a very good British thriller directed by great Anthony Asquith (Pygmalion, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Browning Version). Dirk Bogarde is excellent in his dual role of a blue-blood baronet and a small time actor who maybe impersonates his rich double. Olivia de Havilland likewise gives a memorable performance as baronet's American wife. This film is rarely recognized as a film noir, but the characters played by Dirk Bogarde are truly film noir material.

Warner Archives progressive single-layered disc is a remastered edition of the film. The anamorphic transfer is top-notch with very good contrast, although there were a few marks I noticed, but they are not distracting in any way. Overall, a very impressive presentation. There is a very good trailer provided and a whooping 29 chapters for the film. A highly recommended release from Warner Archive Collection!

  - Gregory Meshman


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