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directed by Joseph Pevney
USA 1952

 

No other sport has given rise to as many superior movies as our most barbaric one, prizefighting. Joseph Pevney's Flesh and Fury may fall short of superior, but it's well above average and shows its principal actors in the most flattering light: Tony Curtis does proud in one of his first starring roles, while Jan Sterling contributes possibly her finest performance.

Curtis (in the pouty fulsomeness of his young manhood) boxes for $25 purses when he catches the eye of Sterling, a bloodthirsty and avaricious ringside habitué. The only catch is that Curtis is deaf and dumb, but that suits Sterling just swell - his disability makes him more vulnerable to her control. She pushes his career forward too fast for the liking of his manager (Wallace Ford), but Curtis seems all but unstoppable.

Enter Mona Freeman, reporter from Panorama magazine, to do a feature on the hearing-impaired welterweight. It's her kind of story; her father, a wealthy Long Island architect, was deaf, too, so she learned how to sign - a skill Curtis has let lapse as it calls attention to his shortcoming. But exposed to a world of greater possibilities, Curtis undergoes an operation that restores his hearing.

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 27 March 1952 (USA)

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DVD Review: Eureka Video - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:19:06 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.50 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2009
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Comments

Flesh and Fury is a superior boxing feature from Universal Studios that is still missing on DVD in region 1. Thankfully, a DVD of this film was released by Eureka Video back in 2009. One wishes for an eventual double feature of Joseph Pevney Universal boxing films with this title and Iron Man (1951) that is still unavailable on DVD in any region. Eureka Video already has other titles directed by Joseph Pevney on the market - Tammy and the Bachelor, Man of a Thousand Faces and Meet Danny Wilson.

The progressive transfer on this single-layered disc is very good. The image in original aspect ration 1.33:1 has been restored, so there is very little damage on the print. The black are deep and the contrast is good. There is a bit of softness, especially during the boxing scenes, but that was from the original photography. The mono soundtrack is decent and there are no extras on the disc. A very nice DVD edition for this underrated film.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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