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(aka "No Trespassing" )

 

directed by Delmer Daves
USA 1947

 

DID YOU EVER RUN FROM A SCREAM? YOU CAN'T!

On the outskirts of a rural town, an isolated farm hosts a small family with a dark secret. At the heart of the neighboring forest sits the red house, terrorizing trespassers with the sound of horrific screams emanating from within its walls. The solitary family keeps the knowledge of the house closely guarded, but when a stranger comes to the farm to help with chores, the web of secrecy begins to unravel. The violence that scarred the family begins to revisit the land and threatens to destroy them all. Filled with noir-ish motifs and striking lighting, The Red House brings together breathtaking drama and chilling horror. Edward G. Robinson is masterful as the burdened recluse, and Julie London is seductive as a spoiled schoolgirl.

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Edward G. Robinson stars as Pete Morgan, an honest small town student who finds after school employment with local farmer Nath Storm (Lon McCallister). Things go awry for the sedulous Pete one day, when he takes a short cut home through haunted woods. Storm warns Pete to stay out of the woods and away from THE RED HOUSE within. Unwilling to buy into the supernatural hocus pocus, Pete enlists the help of Storm's fresh-faced and innocent daughter, Tibby, to help him solve the mystery of THE RED HOUSE.

Director Delmer Daves only endeavor into the horror genre, THE RED HOUSE starts out slow, but ends with a bang. Young Julie London is swooning as the virginal Tibby and McCallister's expressions of madness and trepidation seem absolutely authentic. Miklos Roza's score is perhaps the most fun, as it prominently features the Theremin: an instrument played without touch often heard in early sci-fi films.

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Theatrical Release: 16 March 1947 (New York City, New York)

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Comparison:

Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for all the Screen Caps!

1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

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Distribution

Alpha

Region 0 - NTSC

Acme DVD Works / VCI
Region 0 - NTSC

Pop Flix / Allegro

Region 0 - NTSC

HD Cinema Classics
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:54 1:39:57 1:40:09 1:40:23.350
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.67 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.58 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.80 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,982,851,529 bytes

Feature: 20,248,197,120 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.58 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Alpha

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Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat)

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Pop Flix Allegro

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Blu-ray

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)

Dolby Digital Mono (English)

Dolby Digital Mono (English) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1613 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1613 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None None None Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alpha

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Alpha Video DVD Catalog

DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 6

Release Information:
Studio: Acme DVD Works / VCI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Second Feature - The Scarlet Street
• Movietone Newsreel 1948 (7:54)
 

DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Pop Flix / Allegro

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 6 movies on 2 DVDs
• Poster Gallery (3:17)

DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
Keep Case

Chapters 4

Release Information:
Studio:
HD Cinema Classics

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 20,982,851,529 bytes
Feature: 20,248,197,120 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.58 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• Commentary (William Hare)
• Split Screen restoration demo

Blu-ray Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE Blu-ray - May 2012: Once again HD Cinema Classics are giving a clinic in DNR taking out all the grain from the image as they did with the Blu-rays of The Stranger, Kansas City Confidential, Dementia13 and The Terror. Kind of a magic trick "Poof - and now the grain is all gone!." It's not so much that the plasticized, waxy, softness looking bad (they are very clean and smooth) - they just look more like video than film. There is also brightness boosting. So what we get is not what the film really looked like but what some restorer that HD Classics uses - what they think it should look like. Now, some scenes, or stills, do look better but there are many patches of smearing that will be offensive to those sensitive to it.

To each his own - I have nothing against a few scratches and cue blip markers - it feel 'real' to me with that.

Audio is lossless and seems to represent the source used decently. There are optional Spanish subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

HD Classics are at least 'trying' with the supplements offering an audio commentary (that I will indulge in this evening) and a split-screen restoration demonstration.

I'd appreciate seeing The Red House - a cracking suspense Noir! - complete with cue-markers and damage not simply boosted away, and an image rich with grain. Nice to see a commentary added but what price do we pay? Is this better than the SD versions? It depends on what you value. My admission is that I enjoyed my viewing and they aren't gouging on the price. That is all.

 - Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVDs: ADDITION: Pop Flix / Allegro - August 2011: I was pointed to this DVD collection at Home Theater Forum as having superior image quality for this particular title. Just like Acme DVD Works / VCI disc, Pop Flix / Allegro disc features superior transfer compared to Alpha abomination. It still has all too familiar scratches, marks and damage - all three transfers were clearly made from the same print. Unfortunately, mono soundtrack is still problematic on this disc with lots of distortion and noise on the soundtrack. The two-disc set features five other films noir, all mainstay of public domain. Unfortunately, all other transfers are very poor quality - The Stranger and Scarlet Street exist in superior versions, The Scar/Hollow Triumph and The Woman on the Run are just as poor releases we already reviewed. Inner Sanctum (1949) hasn't been reviewed at DVDBeaver yet, although the transfer on this disc is poor. Compared to double feature from VCI, this set will get more bang for your buck, but we are still on a lookout for a better version of The Red House to surface.

The Red House is an effective rural film noir / gothic horror from an underrated Delmer Daves, who directed Humphrey Bogart noir Dark Passage the same year. Unlike the latter movie from Warner, The Red House was an independent production from Sol Lesser, mostly known for his various Tarzan productions that was distributed by United Artists and eventually found its place among public domain jewels. The film saw many releases on digital media, starting with Madacy disc in 1998 and ending with most recent DVD-R editions from various public domain companies. Unfortunately, none of these releases can be recommended since the film did not go any restoration and mostly transferred from the same beat-up 16mm print.

We selected two editions to compare - the DVD from Alpha and part of a double feature from VCI under Acme DVD Works imprint. The same marks and scratches shows that the same print was used for these transfers, but while Alpha disc was sourced from a tape (note the bottom of each capture and straight line bitrate), the VCI disc is much closer to the source material. Yet, both transfers are interlaced. The single-layered disc from Alpha also has some contrast boosting and chroma. Audio is below average for both releases and neither have subtitles provided. VCI is a clear winner in terms of image quality and extras with this double-layered disc - it features a brief 1948 Movietone newsreel from Fox and an extra film, Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street, although we recommend either US edition from Kino or UK edition from Odeon Entertainment rather than the companies who specialize in public domain films. But The Red House is unlikely to get such a costly restoration and it's unknown if good materials exist for this film. So since the price is low for either releases, VCI disc is our recommendation, although we hope that a better quality release will eventually surface.

 - Gregory Meshman

 


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1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

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1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Acme DVD Works / VCI (Edward G. Robinson Film Noir Double Feat) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Pop Flix / Allegro (Midnight Mysteries Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) HD Cinema Classics - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

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Distribution

Alpha

Region 0 - NTSC

Acme DVD Works / VCI
Region 0 - NTSC

Pop Flix / Allegro

Region 0 - NTSC

HD Cinema Classics
Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 




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