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|Trevor Howard was always good at portraying insufferable blowhards and irredeemable bastards, but he excels himself as Peter Willems in this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s second novel, a tumultuous tale of a late-19th Century trader who escapes scandal and infamy in Singapore to take up equally disruptive residence on a small Malayan island ‘belonging’ to sea captain Lingard (Ralph Richardson).|
Theatrical Release: November 15th, 1951
DVD Review: MovieMail - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||MovieMail - Region 2 - PAL|
Average Bitrate: 5.12 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)|
Another highly impressive film from Carol Reed (The Fallen Idol, Odd Man Out , The Third Man etc.) reaches DVD. Actually a German DVD came out late last year (2011) but I don't own it to compare. Trevor Howard gives a devastatingly powerful performance - worth the price of the film alone. This is masterful.
The single-layered DVD is a real winner. Aside from a few, minor frame-specific scratches this looks immaculate. The sublime contrast levels help export some surprising depth. One of the more remarkable DVD5's I've seen in years. Since the source is this strong - 1080P should have been considered. Audio is unremarkable but flawless and there are optional English subtitles.
No extras, which is a shame, but I was so pleased to see this film. Despite the lack of supplements - this has a lot of value.