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Directed by David Miller
USA 1960

 

Although its theatrical origins (Janet Green's Matilda Shouted Fire) aren't exactly disguised, this is a smoothly efficient variation on the 'frightened lady' thriller. Just married to English businessman Harrison, Day's the American in London progressively unraveling after threatening anonymous phone calls and voices in the fog. Perhaps surprisingly for an actress who always seemed to keep plenty in reserve, her hysteria's pretty full-on, and the taut screenplay keeps up the pressure with a string of worthy suspects (wheedling McDowall, scheming Marshall, disturbed war vet Gavin). Suavely effective, with extra fun spotting the joins between the authentic location work featuring Dotty's stand-in, and the star herself back in Burbank on the least convincing London street this side of The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Excerpt from TJ review at TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 13th, 1960

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Universal - Region 2 - PAL vs. Universum - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 2 - PAL Universum Film - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:43:28 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:48:01.933
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.54 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.0:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,910,249,256 bytes

Feature: 21,403,564,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.99 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 German 972 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 972 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 962 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 962 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, None German, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2006

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Universum
 

2.0:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,910,249,256 bytes

Feature: 21,403,564,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:41)

Blu-ray Release Date: February 22nd, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 11

 

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Universum - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (August 14'): Well,  there are some issues here - the German Blu-ray is in the 2.0:1 aspect ratio (Superscope?) although IMDb says it should be 1.85:1. The PAL DVD was 1.78:1 - so we are losing some information but I can't speak to its theatrical accuracy. There are also some digitalization problems with the BD - not overly distracting and more noticeable in the stills than in-motion. But generally it does look better than the older SD - in many visual aspects (detail, contrast, depth)... and its a cracking good thriller! It's bare-bones (only a trailer) but has lossless audio (DTS-HD Master stereo) benefitting Frank Skinner's score (Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, and The Naked City). I enjoyed the 1080P presentation significantly more than the sped-up DVD. is it worth it? yeah - I'd say so...

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ON THE DVD: We have seen sharper single-layered transfers from Universal UK but this progressive effort is at least acceptable if a shade on the dirty side. I'd much prefer it a bit dark than artificially boosted, but colors are still on the dull side. Contrast is fairly good and I have no reason to believe the film didn't look similar in its initial theatrical run. There are optional English subtitles (well done) but no supplements.

Perhaps an overused term - but the film is aptly described as 'Hitchcock-like'. Some of Day's frenetic performance is culled from some unhappy real life experiences. This is a pretty good thriller with all the pieces in place if a little too much emphasis on the perpetrators 'surprise' identity.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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