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Directed by Carol Reed
UK 1951

 

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).

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Theatrical Release: November 15th, 1951

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Distribution MovieMail - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:35:30 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Studio Canal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2012

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Chapters: 8

 

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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.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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