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directed by Lew Landers
USA 1946

 

Eric von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard) stars in this mesmerizing, classic tale of horror. Von Stroheim plays a hypnotist who tries to have his hypnotized wife kill the man he suspects is her lover. In the dazzling finale, von Stroheim barricades himself in a magician's shop that may be more dangerous than the police outside trying to bring him out.

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Theatrical Release: 7 March 1946 (USA)

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DVD Review: Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:00
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.1 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Filmography of Erich von Stroheim

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 1999
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Chapters 8

 

Comments

A cheap thriller from Poverty Raw, The Mask of Diijon is a gothic horror with some noir overtones. It reminds of superior Anthony Mann-directed The Great Flamarion which also stars Erich von Stroheim as a performance artist in love with a much younger woman. This time, he is a magician Diijon and the woman is his wife and partner Victoria, played by Jeanne Bates (her last performance was a small role in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.

The Mask of Diijon was released on DVD back in 1999 by Image Entertainment, and the TV print used for the transfer is even older than that. There are many scratches and damage on the print and the image is soft, but it's still a watchable presentation considering when the transfer was made. It's unlikely a better print will be found considering the film was released theatrically by PRC. The sound is likewise has drop-outs and very tinny. The only extra is a filmography of Erich von Stroheim which for some reason is listed as Director Filmography despite the film being directed by Lew Landers and not von Stroheim himself. Considering a very low price tag for this DVD, it's worth at least a single viewing, but don't keep your expectation high, either for the film or DVD.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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