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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Fortune Is a Woman" )


directed by Sidney Gilliat
UK 1957


British writer and director Sidney Gilliat (Green for Danger, The Lady Vanishes) is responsible for some superb moments of cinematic suspense. This lesser-known crime drama – based on the book "Fortune is a Woman" – featuring the beautiful Arlene Dahl (The Black Book, Slightly Scarlet) as a married woman who runs into a former boyfriend, insurance investigator Oliver Branwell (Jack Hawkins, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Five Finger Exercise), in the line of his business. When her husband (Dennis Price, Murder Most Foul) dies in a fire, the two re-kindle a relationship that ended abruptly. Eventually, murder, arson and blackmail threaten to consume them both. Newly remastered.


Theatrical Release: 13 March 1957 (London)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Choice Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:27

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.82 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2012
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Chapters 10



Columbia Pictures made some fine thrillers in United Kingdom in the 1950's with Hollywood stars at the helm - Faith Domergue in Spin a Dark Web, Victor Mature in The Long Haul and, here, Arlene Dahl in She Played with Fire, known in UK as Fortune Is a Woman. Ms Dahl is very good in her usual "is she or isn't she a femme fatale" mode. One wishes her previous year's Wicked as They Come gets released by Sony very soon.

For the record, Sony Pictures has the best image quality among the MOD releases and always in the right aspect ratio. There is no damage on the print and the contrast is excellent and the grain is in check. The mono sound is, likewise, very good quality. Per usual standards for made-on-demand releases, there are no subtitles or captions and for this release there are no extras. Still, an excellent job and we can only recommend this release.

  - Gregory Meshman


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