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(aka "2 Weeks in Another Town" )

 

directed by Vincente Minnelli
USA 1962

 

In 1952, star Kirk Douglas, director Vincente Minnelli, producer John Houseman and screenwriter Charles Schnee teamed for what many consider the greatest drama ever made about Hollywood: The Bad and the Beautiful. Ten years later, they took another powerful insider’s look at the movie business, this time adapting a book by Irwin Shaw. Douglas portrays has-been screen idol Jack Andrus. Just out of a sanitarium, Jack grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a director (Edward G. Robinson) whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over, realizing this is his last shot at personal and professional redemption. Trenchant, confrontational, intensified by Minnelli’s genius for color, Two Weeks in Another Town captures the passion of creative people facing the abyss.

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Theatrical Release: 17 August 1962 (New York)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:46:48
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.15 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (3:04)

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2011
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Chapters 33

 

Comments

Warner Archive Collection released a number of Vincent Minnelli CinemaScope pictures recently, including 2 Weeks in Another Town. Some consider it sort of a sequel to The Bad and the Beautiful, but unfortunately it pales in comparison to the earlier film. Kirk Douglas gives his usual over-the-top performance, especially the ride to hell with Cyd Charisse and beautiful Daliah Lavi is pretty to look at, but her role is flat. Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor come out on top, but unfortunately this is not the best their collaboration (for that, see Key Largo) .

Single-layered disc from Warner Archives presents the film in its original CinemaScope aspect ratio. The colors look beautiful and there is very little damage on the print itself. Compression is minimal and English mono soundtrack is decent. The disc also includes a theatrical trailer and provides generous 33 chapter stops for the feature. The film is still recommended just for the sheer campiness of it all and for beautiful cinematography by Milton Krasner that deserves a better movie.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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