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The Other Love [Blu-ray]
(André De Toth, 1947)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Enterprise Productions
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,513,658,685 bytes
Feature Size: 20,365,879,296 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.86 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 21st, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 890 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 890 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Seriously ill, concert pianist Karen Duncan is admitted to a Swiss sanitorium. Despite being attracted to Dr Tony Stanton she ignores his warnings of possibly fatal consequences unless she rests completely. Rather, she opts for a livelier time in Monte Carlo with dashing Paul Clermont.
Barbara Stanwyck headlines this romantic tearjerker as a free-spirited concert pianist dying of tuberculosis. She checks into a posh Alpine sanitarium and there falls in love with her suave and gentle doctor (David Niven). The poor physician has his hands full trying to keep the energetic Stanwyck quiet so her body can rest. She tries, but when the fellow patient she befriended dies, she becomes afraid of her own death and flees to have a crazy affair with a race car driver. Together they tear across Europe until she becomes weak and must return to the sanitarium for the tragic conclusionExcerpt from MRQE located HERE
De Toth is usually associated with grittier action fare, but he does an uncommonly good job keeping the syrup at bay in this potentially mawkish tale of terminal illness and late-flowering ardour, adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's short story Beyond. Stanwyck's the consumptive concert pianist being treated at a Swiss sanatorium, where doctor Niven withholds both the true extent of her illness and the depth of his affection. Realisation that time may be at a premium sends her pell-mell into the arms of racing driver Conte (brashly superficial as usual), but the film reins itself back for a deftly achieved bittersweet finale. Stanwyck's steely resilience is well placed, Niven has the bedside manner down pat, and the Miklos Rosza score is spot-on in the circumstances - Rachmaninov with a dash of vinegar.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Other Love arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. Once the image settles after a very speckled title sequence it looks quite stable and impressive. As you might have anticipated, this is only single-layered but has a reasonable bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Contrast looks adept - probably more the density of the source. There are speckles and light damage but they are not enough to deter the 1080P presentation. The black levels do seem to improve as the films runs along and detail is healthy with some depth exported. There was no noise. Grain is well-supported. The Blu-ray does a decent job and I enjoyed my viewing despite any minor weaknesses.
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The audio is via a DTS-HD Master mono track at a lowly 890 kbps. Everything is, predictably, flat but I appreciate the solid high-end of the iconic, Miklós Rózsa (The Lost Weekend, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Double Indemnity, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes) score. It supports the film's romantic intentions very appealingly adding more class to the production. 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 almost all of their releases.
July 9th, 2014
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