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directed by Fletcher Markle
USA 1951

Stellar talents Barbara Stanwyck, Joseph Cotton, Leslie Caron and Louis Calhern bring shuddery believability to this literate, deliciously creepy tale set in 1848 New York. The story follows a spirited demoiselle (Caron) determined to save her fiancÚ’s grandfather from his malevolent – and possibly homicidal – servants. Fortified with glass after glass of on-the-cuff wine at a local tavern, an urbane, cloaked stranger comes to her aid. The gentleman displays keen detecting skills as the plot turns from suspicion to murder to the hunt for a missing will. But one thing he does not reveal: his own identity. Surrender yourself to mystery. And a cask of amontillado if you can guess who is The Man with a Cloak.

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Theatrical Release: November 27th 1951

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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 1:20:24
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.87 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

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: November 16th, 2010
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Comments

Well-crafted, surprise bio-pic carried by the weight of Cotten and Stanwyck. Leslie Caron is cute and fills her role nicely. There are some impressively elegant MGM stage sets - Babs is decidedly evil and it makes for a better-than-expected devious murder plot. I'm surprised The Man With a Cloak didn't make it to digital disc till now.

It's, predictably single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks very clean with decent greyscale. The image is solid/consistent with a bit of grain and modest detail. The disc supports the film with an acceptable transfer supporting a reasonable presentation.

The mono sound has audible dialogue but nothing beyond that and there are no extras, nor subtitles, offered. Some form of historical featurette on the hidden 'notable' character would have fit in perfectly.

This is a worthy film and appears to have been forgotten over time.  I think The Man With a Cloak holds up well and being a huge Stanwyck fan I was enthralled. There are many vintage film fans out there that would appreciate this hidden gem.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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