S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Du und ich')
An altruistic department-store owner hires ex-convicts in order to give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately, one of the convicts he hires recruits two of his fellow ex-convicts in a plan to rob the store.
Lang's third US picture, like Fury and You Only Live Once, deals with the subject of crime, but this time in a far less sombre manner. A real curiosity, the film is a lively mixture of musical, romantic comedy, gangster movie, social drama and Brechtian satire, the latter underlined by the songs of Kurt Weill. According to Lang, 'There's no question but Brecht was most responsible for the film.' The setting is a department store whose liberal owner employs mostly former prisoners. Two of them, Raft and Sidney, fall in love and marry, though he doesn't realize she's an ex-con like him.
Theatrical Release: June 1st 1938
DVD Review: Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL
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Average Bitrate: 9.11 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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)|
• Trailer (2:25)
Compared to TCM's Dark Crime Thrillers Volume 2 transfer HERE.
You and Me is one of 700 Paramount Productions, made between 1929 and 1949, which were eventually sold to MCA/Universal in the late 50's for distribution via television. I had never seen the film and enjoyed it very much. Sylvia Sidney is always great and it has plenty of Lang signature touches. Especially enjoyable is all the gorgeous Art Deco filling many scenes (and the title credits).
Koch Media in German have put this out in a decent dual-layered, progressive, SD-DVD transfer. There is light damage in the form of frame specific speckles or small scratches - but it has a very high bitrate and shows grain in the image. This is the first time this Fritz Lang film has made it to digital and I am not complaining about the appearance. The source was probably in acceptable condition and the transfer is consistent producing a pleasing presentation.
Audio is about the same quality level as the video - and what you might expect for a film over 70-years old. There was a light hiss but no pops or anything overtly noticeable. There are optional German subtitles on the region 2 - PAL encoded disc.
No extras save a trailer and photo gallery on the disc proper and it is housed in a book style case with a photo and essay in German.
Trivia on IMDb states that "The author of the original story, Norman Krasna, saw "You and Me" as an opportunity to direct, both original stars, George Raft and Carole Lombard, objected. Raft was suspended and by the time he was reassigned, Sylvia Sydney had replaced Lombard with Richard Wallace as director. Sydney, who had starred in Fritz Lang's first two American films, successfully lobbied to have Lang replace him..."