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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Man Who Murdered Himself" or "The Scar")

 

directed by Steve Sekely
USA 1948

 

"The Scar" (1948) Originally released under the title "Hollow Triumph," (and also known as The Man Who Murdered Himself), this dandy little film noir thriller from Eagle Lion features Paul Henreid with a chance to lose his leading man image for not one, but two sinister performances. When crooked gambler (Henreid) seeks to hide from a rival mobster, he hatches a plot to take the place of a psychiatrist that he's a dead-ringer for. But it's not long before the good doctor's secretary (Joan Bennett) is on to his scheme.

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Not half bad, despite a loopy plot about a conman/thief hiding from pursuit who kills a look-alike psychiatrist and assumes his identity (conveniently skilled in surgery through interrupted studies, he is even able to reproduce a facial scar). The tension is kept ticking nicely by a flaw in the impersonation (working by mirror, he scars the wrong cheek), even more so by the fact that he unexpectedly inherits dire troubles from the dead man's past. Good supporting performances, a satisfyingly bleak ending, and absolutely stunning lighting and LA location shooting from John Alton.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: August 10th, 1948

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DVD Comparison: 

VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC vs. Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL vs. Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the VCI Review!

1) VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC LEFT

2) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC RIGHT

 

DVD Box Cover

 

 

 

Distribution

VCI

Region 0 - NTSC

Koch Media

Region 2 - PAL

Film Chest

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:20:00 1:19:24 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:22:15
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 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 VCI

Bitrate Film Chest

Bitrate KOCH

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: German (Dolby Digital 2.0) Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• The Limping Man

• Dark Stranger - Tv Episode of 'Henry Fonda Presents the Star and the Story' (25:41)
• Film Noir Poster Gallery
• Film Noir Trailers

DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
Keepcase

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Koch Media

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Book style case with 10-pages (German text) and graphics
• Image Gallery

DVD Release Date:
November 25th, 2011
Book style case  

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Film Chest

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: March 11th, 2014
Keep case

Chapters 6

 

 

Comments ADDITION: Film Chest - June 2014: Single-layered disc from Film Chest is progressive and is a definite step-up in region 1 for this excellent noir compared to disastrous public domain discs, like from VCI. Unfortunately, compared to German DVD from Koch Media with its excellent grain structure, the waxy texture seen here makes it an unfortunate DNR victim. Koch Media also wins in terms of the extras having an image gallery, liner notes in German and German dub. This film deserves a rediscovery, so we highly recommend to import it rather than lackluster US releases.

 - Gregory Meshman

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ADDITION: Koch Media - Region 2- PAL - December 2011: Just to be clear Gregory reviewed the VCI as part of a Double Feature package with The Limping Man HERE. The Koch Media transfer is superior in many ways - the disc is progressive where the North American rendering is interlaced. the VCI is cropped and has terrible contrast from a weak density print with notable damage. The German disc is dual-layered and is the easy winner. It offers the original English track and a German DUB - no subtitles and an image gallery. The disc is housed in a wonderful digi-book.

Gary W. Tooze

****

ON THE VCI: The Scar (aka Hollow Triumph) is a very dark film noir, not just for the great cinematography of John Alton, but also for the plot. Paul Henreid is a criminal who thinks he can have a better life by becoming somebody else. Joan Bennett is wonderful as his love interest and there's Blonde Ice herself, Leslie Brooks in a small roles.

 - Gregory Meshman

 


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VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC LEFT vs. Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL RIGHT
 

 

Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC

 


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3) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC TOP

2) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC TOP

2) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC TOP

2) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


1) VCI - Region 0 -  NTSC TOP

2) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 

VCI is interlaced!

 

 

1) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 

 

1) Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Film Chest - Region 0 - NTSC BOTTOM

 


Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

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Distribution

VCI

Region 0 - NTSC

Koch Media

Region 2 - PAL

Film Chest

Region 0 - NTSC




 

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