S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Daniel Armstrong (Edward G. Robinson) journey's to England to learn more polished business techniques. While there, he becomes aware of an unexploited mangalite mine in Rhodesia. At the same time, Dan is falling for the Lady Patricia (Luli Deste), but has to compete against another suitor, Henry (Ralph Richardson) to win the Lady's Heart.
Theatrical Release: January 13th, 1937 - London
DVD Review: VCI - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||VCI Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.26 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||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
The stingy VCI DVD (under a 'Best of British Classics' label) shows some weaknesses - contrast boosting, interlaced and bare-bones. There is a cheaper Sinister Cinema release of Thunder in the City available HERE - making me suspect this film is in the Public Domain. It is actually quite clean with only a vertical scratch near the end - marginally hindering the presentation. For standard CRT viewing this is acceptable - but nothing more.
Audio is a bit weaker - and the, almost 75 years old film, shows its wrinkles with a less consistent audio track that I suspect little was done with in terms of restoration. . Unfortunately there are no offered subtitles as a bit of compensation for the dialogue that shows some scattered hiss.
This is kind of a 'Ra-Ra - Yank teaching the Brits' flic - but accepting that makes the time better spent. Edward G. is as good as always but we can't really recommend the film too highly or the transfer worth the purchase price unless you are very keen. It probably best the other DVDs out there - but that isn't saying a whole lot.