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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

directed by Joseph H. Lewis
USA 1952


A passenger flight out of Vancouver crashes in remote mountains. On the ground, two lone survivors, a brother and sister perhaps 9 and 7 years old, gather food and blankets. In the air, bush pilot Vince Heldon (Howard Keel), the children’s father, guides his plane in a quest to find the downed aircraft. Meanwhile, against this backdrop of search and survival, another drama unfolds: pilot Nora Stead (Patricia Medina) arrives to join the search. She’s the ex-Mrs. Heldon, and her presence brings unresolved issues of that broken marriage to the surface while also creating problems for Vince and his new wife (Jane Greer). Joseph Lewis, who grabbed notice with his shoestring noir Gun Crazy, here guides another film admired for getting much from a small budget. Lee Aakers, soon to be famed for his role on TV’s The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, portrays the boy whose survivalist adventure includes confrontations with a mountain lion.


Theatrical Release: November 19th, 1952

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:11:09

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.55 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.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:33)

DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2012
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Desperate Search is a super adventure with kids vs. the outdoors including a hungry mountain lion. A plane crash - Jane Greer - loads of tension - I love it!

Like most Warner Archive it's standard single-layered and progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks very strong. Black levels and detail are very impressive - it looks surprisingly good. The disc supports the film with a fine transfer with pleasing close-ups. No noise deters - and overall I would say this is excellent.

The mono sound is audible but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - looking a bit rougher.

I can't help but think of Noir when I see sexy Jane Greer. This isn't a noir - but still has plenty of positives as a `B` effort. Joe Lewis knew how to craft a film. This is as good as you might expect. Recommended!  

  - Gary Tooze



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