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Directed by John Farrow and Richard Fleischer (uncredited)
USA
1951

 

Deported gangland boss Nick Ferraro (Raymond Burr) has hatched a scheme to re-enter the States and take charge of his crime racket. Dan Milner (Robert Mitchum) is a professional gambler who is roughed up by Ferraro s hoods and then offered $50,000 to leave America and head to the remote Mexican resort of Morros Lodge. En route, Milner bumps into the beautiful Lenore Brent (Jane Russell), a nightclub singer and mistress of Hollywood star Mark Cardigan (Vincent Price). As Milner settles into the rich playground of Morros Lodge, his every move is watched by Thompson (Charles McGraw), one of Ferraro s henchmen. Realising that he may be in over his head, Milner decides to make his own enquiries as to the identity of his paymaster. But Nick Ferraro is not the type of man to be investigated...

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His Kind of Woman directed by veteran John Farrow, is a convoluted mystery thriller which tries unsuccessfully to combine slapstick comedy with excessive violence, resulting in a film that depends more on stereotypes than on plot development. Nick (Raymond Burr), is a deported gang boss who needs to get back to the United States to run his operation. Dan Miller (Robert Mitchum) is a hard-up guy, who is persuaded, both by a series of beatings and a substantial sum of money, to sell his identity to Nick. Lenore (Jane Russell) a singer, poses as a heiress, trying to marry a millionaire. They all meet up in a resort in Mexico where Nick intends to have plastic surgery to alter his looks. There, a number of double-crosses, shootings, and chases all culminate in an exciting confrontation aboard ship. His Kind of Woman, a Howard Hughes production designed to be a showcase for Jane Russell, is entertaining when viewed as a comedy. As a serious film-noir thriller, it lacks suspense and depth. However, the film has its moments, and Robert Mitchum is in his element as the loner anti-hero.

~ Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 29th, 1951

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Comparison:

Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL

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DVD Box Cover

   

Also available in

Film Noir Classic Collection (6-discs), Vol. 3 with Border Incident, His Kind of Woman, Lady in the Lake, On Dangerous Ground and The Racket REVIEWED HERE!

Distribution Warner Region 1, 4 - NTSC Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:59:56  1:59:56
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.56 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.

Bitrate: NTSC

Bitrate: PAL

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0)  English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by film historian Vivian Sobchack

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2006

Transparent slim Keep case
Chapters: 34

Release Information:
Studio: Odeon Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Photo Gallery
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: May 9th, 2011

Keep case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL: Strangely the Warner dual-layered transfer was interlaced (I've never heard why - unless it was simply an error) but the newer Odeon PAL version is taken from an incorrect standards source (see running times) producing 'ghosting' but also may be interlaced - as like the NTSC - it also has 'combing' - see the last pair of screen captures.

The image shows that both are from the same source with the exact same light damage marks - but the Warner is sharper with slightly superior contrast. This is more apparent in-motion with the incorrect standards source of the UK DVD. Despite that they both look pretty good but definitely the single-layered PAL transfer is the weaker of the two - going solely by the bitrates.

Like the Warner the mono audio is clean and clear for most dialogue - unremarkable but efficient an consistent. The US DVD (part of the Film Noir Classic Collection (6-discs), Vol. 3 with Border Incident, His Kind of Woman, Lady in the Lake, On Dangerous Ground and The Racket REVIEWED HERE!) has optional subtitles where the Odeon SD offers none.

The Warner Extras include an excellent commentary by film historian Vivian Sobchack. Most serious Noir fans will consider this the biggest dividing point between the two discs. The UK includes a poor trailer and 'Photo Gallery' with only 2 images - on a poster.

This is essential Noir and regardless of the transfer faux-pas - this is a strongly recommend film. Actually the whole Noir Collection Volume 3 has great value. And we can strongly recommend it.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM
 

Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM
 

Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM
 

Interlacing / ghosting phenomenon visible on both discs
 
Warner - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM
 


DVD Box Cover

   

Also available in

Film Noir Classic Collection (6-discs), Vol. 3 with Border Incident, His Kind of Woman, Lady in the Lake, On Dangerous Ground and The Racket REVIEWED HERE!

Distribution Warner Region 1, 4 - NTSC Odeon Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL




 

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