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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Indiscretion')

Directed by Peter Godfrey
USA 1945

 

Journalist Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck) is one of the country's most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an umarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on *her* farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?

 

Lots of laughs to be had here and a pleasant alternative to rewatching The Sound of Music this holiday season.

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Theatrical Release: July 20th, 1945

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Box Covers

Also available in the Warner Bros. Classic Holiday Collection  which includes Boys Town / A Christmas Carol 1938 / Christmas in Connecticut 

   

    

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC

Warner

Region FREE  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:41:15  1:41:24.411
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,264,649,857 bytes

Feature: 17,746,931,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1041 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1041 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, French, Spanish, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: 'Star in the Night' - Oscar Winning short
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 27

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Archive
 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,264,649,857 bytes

Feature: 17,746,931,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Featurette: 'Star in the Night' - Oscar Winning short (21`:27)
• Trailer (1:53)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 11th, 2014
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 11

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: (November 2014) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray: The 1080P resolution improvement surfaces in the predictable areas - superior contrast, film texture and more information in the frame. It is not a particularly dynamic HD appearance but easily advances on the SD.

The DTS-HD mono track at 1041 kbps sounds fine with hints of depth in the seasonal music as well as the score by Friedrich Hollaender (Caught, Berlin Express, Background to Danger, The Verdict, A Foreign Affair). A faithfully flat transfer without flaws and dialogue is clean and clear with only a couple of instances of sounding a bit scattered.  There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Extras duplicate the 2005 DVD with Don Siegel's 1945 Oscar Winning short 'Star in the Night and a trailer.

Only serious Stanwyck fans should double-dip beyond the original SD, but if you haven't seen Christmas in Connecticut the Blu-ray is the way to go for this above-average Holiday classic.

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ON THE DVD: Firstly, Barbara Stanwyck can do no wrong in my books so I am very biased about the film (still awaiting my Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset HERE from Amazon.UK). This role fits here like a tight, sequined gown.

The image is good, but perhaps a minute notch below the impeccably high standard that Warner have been churning out this year. Sharp and detailed enough with excellent contrast - original audio and optional subtitles. A fabulous extra inclusion of the Don Siegel's 1945 Oscar Winning short 'Star in the Night' - a wonderful little film.

Gary W. Tooze





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Box Covers

Also available in the Warner Bros. Classic Holiday Collection  which includes Boys Town / A Christmas Carol 1938 / Christmas in Connecticut 

   

    

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC

Warner

Region FREE  - Blu-ray





 

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