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directed by Irving Pichel
USA 1950

 

Quicksand was sandwiched between Mick’s “sports films” which were made with the intention of changing his on screen persona as the perpetual kid from Carvel High by placing him in more mature roles. During this run Mick plays a boxer (Killer McCoy), race car driver (The Big Wheel) and a roller derby skater (Fireball). While all entertaining in there own right, it’s Quicksand that leaves little doubt that Mick has shook off the dust from the town of Carvel and the Hardy family home and entered the adult world. Quicksand served to pave the way for his foray in noir with subsequence films such as The Strip, Drive a Crooked Road, and Baby Face Nelson all released in the ‘50’s.

Excerpt of review from Raven located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 24 March 1950 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for all the first 3 DVD edition's Screen Caps!

1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Roan Group
Region 0 - NTSC
Front Row
Region 0 - NTSC

Film Chest

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:19:06 1:18:57 1:18:36 1:18:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6:25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6:51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6:51 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.

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Image Entertainment

 

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Roan Group

 

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Front Row

 

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Film Chest

 

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)

Dolby Digital Mono (English)

Dolby Digital Mono (English)

Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None None None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bonus trailers for other films from The Wade Williams Collection

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2000
Snap case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Roan Group

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Credits
• Background info (text screens)

 

DVD Release Date: September 26th, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Front Row

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Mickey Rooney and Peter Lorre biographies

 

DVD Release Date:
Keep Case

Chapters 9

Release Information:
Studio: Film Chest

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Keep Case

Chapters 6

 

Comments

ADDITION: Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC (August 14'): Ughhh.... DNR-city. Stick with the Image Entertainment. Nu'ff said.

  - Gary Tooze

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In an effort to cover most essential film noirs, we are going to review some past DVD releases that we may have missed. Quicksand is one of those titles that has been steadily appearing is various public domain compilations. For this comparison, we chose 2 releases from studios known for their better-than-standard PD releases - Image and Roan Group, as well as a standard PD disc from Front Row. Based on the images below, especially the last set of images, the damage marks show that the basis for these releases was the same print, but different generation of prints was used for each release. All three single-layered discs are interlaced, but for small studio discs released over 10 years ago, both Image and Roan Group discs can be recommended. Roan Group release looks squeezed on the sides and is windowboxed, but it has slightly more information on all four sides. English mono audio also better on releases from Image Entertainment and Roan Group than Front Row, where the sound was a bit distorted.

The Image disc, released as part of Wade Williams Collection, includes an unrelated number of trailers for other films in that collection, mostly all for Sci-Fi films. Roan Group's DVD includes a few text screens of film's credits and info about background about the film. Unfortunately, an opportunity to get Mickey Rooney provide a commentary or a short interview about the film, is missed for both releases. A highly recommended film noir with two worthy DVD releases.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



DVD Menus
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Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)
 

 

Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC

 


Screen Captures

 

1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Roan Group - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Front Row - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Image Entertainment

Sound:

Image Entertainment / Roan Group

Extras: Roan Group
Menu: Image Entertainment

 
DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Roan Group
Region 0 - NTSC
Front Row
Region 0 - NTSC

Film Chest

Region 0 - NTSC

 

 

 




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