S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
The picture started uneventfully enough. In 1947, Robert Mitchum, whose star was on the rise, and William Holden, back from the war and looking for a career re-charge, were cast opposite screen veteran Loretta Young in a pleasant frontier story about a recently widowed man (Holden) who buys a servant girl (Young) as his wife to help him care for his home and raise his young son. With their grief still fresh, the two won't accept the new woman in their lives as anything more than a servant. They treat her coldly until a waggish roaming scout (Mitchum) comes along and begins to court her; the husband soon begins to see Rachel in a whole new light.
Theatrical Release: September 28th, 1948
DVD Review: Voulez Vous - Region 0 - PAL
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|Distribution||Voulez Vous - Region 0 - PAL|
Average Bitrate: 6.84 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), German (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
There is a UK edition of Rachel and the Stranger HERE, and French edition too. Perhaps we will compare one day. This Voulez Vous edition is not of premium quality. Contrast is muddy at times and it suffers from the ghosting issue (probably incorrect standards - see last capture.) Still, even that can't mask Loretta Young's beauty. It is single-layered but is at least watchable.
Audio is unremarkable but clear enough to follow the dialogue. Set to sell to a German audience as well - it has an optional Deutsche DUB. There are no subtitles on the region free PAL disc.
Extras sport five short (6-minutes in total) additional, unused, scenes left on the cutting room floor. There is also a theatrical trailer in rough shape and a picture gallery.
This is an excellent RKO western on Frontier love helmed by Norman Foster (Journey into Fear) and while the disc allowed me to appreciate the film - let's hope for a stellar NTSC edition one day (although if it hasn't come out by now...).