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(aka "Relato criminal" or "Chicago Story")


directed by Joseph H. Lewis
USA 1949


Compared to the Indicator Blu-ray HERE


Before bedecking the noir cycle with two of its gems - Gun Crazy and The Big Combo - Joseph H. Lewis exercised his talents on The Undercover Man. Scant surprise that it falls short of those two movies...

[Glenn Ford]'s an undercover government agent; his worn-down wife, Nina Foch, joins him occasionally on his assignments but for the most part stays at home near Washington, D.C. where she's come to accept his extended absences with a long face. Ford and his partner James Whitmore find their frequently flipped Treasury credentials carry little weight in big-shouldered Chicago, where the syndicate's ruthlessness strikes witnesses blind and dumb even when victims are gunned down in broad daylight. And the mob's lavishly remunerated mouthpiece, Barry Kelley, impudently taunts Ford for his futile crusade against the never seen Big Fellow (as he's affectionately known around town). But in the dogged tradition of the Feds in movies like The House on 92nd Street and T-Men, Ford keeps slogging away until he finds a chink in the silent armor....

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at located HERE


Theatrical Release: 21 March 1949 (Los Angeles)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Clásicos años 40) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:20:45 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English, Spanish Dub)
Subtitles Portugese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Road to Bali Teaser (0:44)
• I Am the Law Trailer (1:38)
• Photo Galery (10 images)

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2011
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Chapters 8



Compared to the Indicator Blu-ray HERE

NOTE: An NTSC DVD version is available in the Glenn Ford Undercover Crimes Boxset reviewed HERE.

Here is another classic film noir title that is still unavailable in region 1. For this review, we got Spanish region 2 disc from Sony. Like recently reviewed The Dark Past DVD, this is a 2011 re-release of a disc released 3 years ago with a different cover artwork.

The single-layered enhanced transfer is decent. There are some scratches and marks on the print, including cue marks (see third capture) and the grain is overly pronounced. The mono soundtrack is ok, without any distortions; the disc also includes a Spanish dub and optional Portuguese subtitles. There are a couple of trailers included as an extra - a Road to Bali teaser and I Am the Law trailer, an Edward G. Robinson work for Sony that begs for a region 1 release. While the film is mildly entertaining, we still hope for a better restored region 1 release.

  - Gregory Meshman



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