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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Cry Vengeance [Blu-ray]

 

(Mark Stevens, 1954)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Allied Artists Pictures

Video: Olive Films

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:22:18.934

Disc Size: 18,202,010,591 bytes

Feature Size: 18,102,276,096 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: February 19th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 899 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 899 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Vic Barron (Mark Stevens), a former San Francisco detective is released from prison after three years for crimes he didn't commit. His wife and child were blown up in a car bomb meant for him, leaving him physically and emotionally scarred for life. he was framed as a dirty cop and lost his job. now he's out crying vengeance against all those responsible. After run-ins with his old partner, Lt. Pat Ryan (Don Haggerty) and mafia strong-arm, the psychotic Roxie Davis (Skip Homeier), the killer's trail leads him to the isolated and picturesque city of Ketchikan, Alaska, where he meets tavern owner Peggy Harding (Martha Hyer), who's fascinated by the soft-spoken, but volcanic Vic. Stylishly directed by the film's star Mark Stevens (Time Table).

 

 

The Film:

Vic Barron (Mark Stevens) is an ex-detective from San Francisco whose career is ruined and family is destroyed because of his dedication to his job. Three years before, he'd been close to breaking a gang with ties to some very powerful people. Then they tried to kill him by bombing his car; he was permanently disfigured, and his wife and child died in the blast, and then he was set up with planted money and sentenced to prison. Now he's out, and he's no longer a cop, but that won't stop him from finishing his last case or finding the man who planted the bomb. Neither his former friends on the force (who know he was innocent) nor the "persuasive" efforts of Roxey (Skip Homeier), a psychopathic strong-arm man, can get him to change his mind or his plans. Vic thinks he knows one of the men responsible, Tino Morelli (Douglas Kennedy), but it turns out that Morelli's been hiding out in Alaska, just as desperate in his desire not to be found as Vic has been to get revenge, and hiding from the same man. No sooner does the ex-cop come to appreciate this fact then he is set up for another fall -- this time for murder. But in the process, he finally figures out who was behind the destruction of his family; and he finds some things in life worth living for, if he can manage to stay alive to enjoy them.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Although Cry Vengeance has a modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films - it looks quite strong. Contrast has some layers supporting decent detail, textured grain is prevalent and speckling is minor. This is only single-layered but reasonably sharp with some depth. I suspect the source is in solid condition. There are no major damage marks nor hardly any significant scratches.  It is transferred in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The Blu-ray certainly improved the presentation over an SD rendering and, as this is the first time I have seen the film, I greatly appreciated the presentation.

 

 

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Audio :

Audio in the form of a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track at 899 kbps. It is fairly unremarkable and we get an original score by Paul Dunlap (Portland Expose, Big House U.S.A., Target Earth, Park Row) which supports the film reasonably well with some nice noir atmosphere.  There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with almost all of their releases.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
This is a cool little Noir and the Alaskan location is a nice change. While I know the name 'Mark Stevens' I don't *think* I have seen any of his work - certainly not the directorial efforts. I am keen to see Time Table one day. The Blu-ray does the job well for presenting the film. Typically, for Olive, it is bar-bones but fans of the dark cinema will be too enticed not to indulge. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

July 24th, 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.

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