S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Lewis R. Foster, 1955)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Standard Productions
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,790,358,961 bytes
Feature Size: 19,585,062,912 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.97 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 25th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 922 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 922 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Six ruthless convicts breakout of prison and frantically try to avoid an extensive manhunt. Once the coast is clear, the gang sets out on a long and dangerous journey by foot, train and car to retrieve bank loot. After barely surviving two deadly incidents, the men take refuge in a farmhouse as the action reaches a fever pitch. Ironically, the men start to realize that it's not the law that they need to worry about, but each other. Arthur Kennedy (Champion) co-stars with legendary Hollywood villains, William Bendix (The Blue Dahlia), Luther Adler (Hoodlum Empire), William Talman (Big House, U.S.A.), and Gene Evans (The Steel Helmet). This classic film noir will keep you at the edge of your seat.
The theme of convicts on the lam is a favorite Hollywood standby. On a
surface level, "Crashout," which accompanied the Palace's stage
bill yesterday, suggests dozens of others. Yet this Filmakers release,
featuring Arthur Kennedy and William Bendix and written by Hal E.
Chester (who produced) and Lewis R. Foster (who directed), remains both
unimportant and respectable.
Six convicts plan a prison break and are successful, though their ringleader (William Bendix) is injured in the attempt. He promises to share the fortune in gold he has stowed away if they help him get to a doctor.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Crashout looks reasonably consistent on Blu-ray from Olive Films. There are a handful of muddier patches but overall this single-layered transfer produces a decent viewing. It's 1.78:1. There are minor speckles and some scenes are grainer than others. Detail is modest and there is no real depth but I had no strong complaints. The film has plenty of darker scenes but no instructive noise. The Blu-ray presentation is imperfect but does a reasonable job. It looked better than I was anticipating.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Standard DTS-HD Master mono track at 922 kbps for the Blu-ray audio. It is clear and lossless but flat with hints of depth. Score is by the versatile Leith Stevens (The Night of the Grizzly, Man-Trap, The Five Pennies, The Garment Jungle, Private Hell, The Hitch-Hiker). There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with almost all of their releases.
June 22nd, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
ALL OUR NEW FORMAT DVD REVIEWS