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(aka "Cerco de odio" or "Hearsay")


directed by Rudolph Maté
USA 1948


When a detective scoffs at his suggestion that an 18 year-old criminal be referred for psychiatric examination Dr. Andrew Collins, the police psychiatrist, tells him the story of his encounter with Al Walker. Walker had a history of violence and killed the prison warden during an escape. He and his gang took the Collins family and their friends hostage but when Dr. Collins learns that Walker has a violent recurring dream, he offers to help him decipher the dream and determine exactly what has driven him to a life of crime and violence.


Theatrical Release: 22 December 1948 (New York City)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Clásicos años 40) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:11:03 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English, Spanish Dub)
Subtitles Portugese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Queen Bee Trailer (2:43)
• Salome Trailer (2:57)
• Photo Galery (10 fuzzy images)

DVD Release Date: April, 2011
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My recent DVD review of hostage thriller Blind Alley from Sony Pictures promised an eventual review of that film's remake, a noir take The Dark Past directed by Rudolph Maté. Unavailable in region 1, the film was released in Spain back in 2008 and here is a 2011 re-release of that disc from Sony Pictures. If you compare two reviews, you will notice I tried to match the captures between two version. As David Kalat noted in his article, HERE, comparing two films, they are almost shot-for-shot similar.

Unfortunately, the DVD presentation is lackluster. The image is overly soft, with a greenish hue on some monitors. The audio is decent and the disc includes a Spanish dub as well as optional Portuguese subtitles. Hopefully a better presentation is coming from region 1 in the near future.

  - Gregory Meshman


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