S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Max Ophüls, 1949)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,588,037,825 bytes
Feature Size: 19,509,374,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 8th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 917 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 917 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Caught is a tale of Leonora (Barbara Bel Geddes, Vertigo), an aspiring carhop who meets and marries a mysterious millionaire, Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan, God’s Little Acre). Soon after the wedding, Laura realizes she’s trapped in a loveless marriage with a ruthless workaholic husband who torments her with twisted mind games. Unable to obtain a divorce from Smith, she moves out of the mansion and goes to work for a dedicated doctor, Larry Quinada (James Mason, Odd Man Out). The two quickly fall in love but the romance comes to an abrupt halt when Leonora learns that she is pregnant with Ohlrig’s child. Legendary director Max Opuls (Letter From An Unknown Woman, The Reckless Moment) and the top-notch cast masterfully navigate the ensuing complications through atmospheric cinematography by Lee Garmes (Duel In The Sun) and stylish art direction from Frank Paul Sylos (Suddenly). Caught was adapted for the screen by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story, Rope) from Libbie Block’s novel “Wild Calendar.”
A key American melodrama: draw a line between Citizen Kane and Written on the Wind, and you'll find Ophuls' noir classic at the heady mid-point. A car-hop Cinderella (Bel Geddes) chases a fashion-plate, charm-school dream; a childishly megalomaniac millionaire (Ryan) marries her to spite his analyst. Ophuls holds back his camera to frame the sour domestic nightmare, but gloriously equates motion with emotion when Bel Geddes takes solace with James Mason's virtuous doctor. The alluring web of hearts and dollars has rarely looked so deadly, and only the studio spared us the sight of the kill.Excerpt from Timeout located HERE
A melodrama and thriller with a very dark edge, director Max Ophuls'
Caught (1949) centers on a lovely, romantic young woman Leonora
Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes) who wants nothing more than to fall in love.
But her friends are more pragmatic, and encourage Eames to find a rich
husband. Her first step toward that goal, on the advice of her roommate,
is to enroll in the Dorothy Dale School of Charm where she learns how to
entrap a man from the proper social station.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Ophüls' Caught receives a single-layered transfer to Blu-ray from Olive Films. Contrast seems reasonably supported with some pleasing layers. Grain textures are visible. There are a few speckles but no damage. Detail is modest and there are instances of depth. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering and the 1080P presentation was consistent. While it doesn't look spectacular - it does look solid.
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The DTS-HD mono track at 917 kbps sounds consistent with hints at depth in the score by Friedrich Hollaender (Berlin Express, Background to Danger, The Verdict). It seems a faithful transfer without flaws and dialogue is clean and clear. There are no subtitles and my Oppo 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 all of their releases.
June 25th, 2014
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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Gary W. Tooze
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