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USA 1958

 

A Korean veteran cooperating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

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In this drama, a Korean war veteran, a victim of brainwashing while he was a POW, finally goes back to his home in Washington,... DC, where he resumes his job at a public relations-opinion research firm. He soon discovers that his company is being run by communists after his partner mysteriously died. Now pro-communist propaganda seems to be their primary business. To stop them, the vet begins cooperating in a full-scale Senate investigation.

~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Theatrical Release: October 1958 (USA)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:24:36
Video

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 6.78 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: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2011
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Comments

The Fearmakers is one of many political thrillers from late 1950's that is unfortunately badly dated. Masterfully directed by Jacques Tourneur and featuring an excellent performance by underrated Dana Andrews, the film has many noir elements going for it, but there are just too much of red scare tactics to bring the message home.

The MGM's MOD single-layered disc features an open matte transfer - just look at the capture from the title sequence to see all the extra room on the top and the bottom of the capture. The image has unfortunate greenish hue, but it's less noticeable on TV screen. I didn't notice any ghosting, although Allied Vaughn who authored the discs issued the following statement about their recent releases:

Allied Vaughn has recently become aware of reports where consumers are seeing an unusual amount of "ghosting" when viewing select MGM Limited Edition Collection titles on certain combinations of television screens, DVD players, and discs. Allied Vaughn has successfully identified the problem which causes the "ghosting" and has taken all necessary steps to correct this issue. The discs reporting the issue were made between March 15th and May 3rd, 2011. No product manufactured after May 25th, 2011 should exhibit this affect. Allied Vaughn stands behind the quality of the MGM Limited Edition Collection. Should a consumer experience excessive ghosting problems with those titles, we will replace that disc in accordance with our manufacturing warranty. Consumers may contact their retailer for replacement, or Allied Vaughn directly at 1-800-759-4087, ext 5, or via email at kim.durham@alliedvaughn.com

English mono audio is adequate and there are no extras.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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