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Woman In Hiding (1950)       Female On The Beach (1955)

 

The Unguarded Moment (1956)        The Price Of Fear (1956)
 

Mill heiress Ida Lupino thought she had the ideal man in new hubby Stephen McNally, but when she learns of his intent to take a murderous shortcut to her family fortune, she becomes a "Woman In Hiding" (1950). Howard Duff, John Litel co-star. Lonely widow Joan Crawford learns that her newly purchased seaside abode comes with a deadly legacy in "Female On The Beach" (1955). Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway co-star. Esther Williams may be out of the pool, but not out of danger, as a high school teacher stalked by an unknown degenerate in "The Unguarded Moment" (1956). John Saxon, George Nader, Jack Albertson co-star. Lastly, dog track owner Lex Barker gets charmed by Merle Oberon, only to be made the fall guy for a hit-and-run she committed, in "The Price Of Fear" (1956). Warren Stevens co-stars. 6 hrs. total on four discs. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery; poster gallery; more.

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directed by Michael Gordon
USA 1950

 

Ida Lupino plays a newlywed who discovers on her honeymoon that her husband (Stephen McNally) wants to kill her in WOMAN IN HIDING (1950)

Theatrical Release: 22 February 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Universal / TCM (Women in Danger - 1950s Thrillers) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Universal / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:32:21
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Ben Mankiewicz Introduction (1:51)
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)
• TCMDb Article

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2012
4 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 11

 

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This can also be obtained from the TCM Shop and Movies Unlimited.

Universal has not released a film noir in region 1 ever since their quartet of releases back on 2004 (to be fair, they did license a number of noirs to Criterion). It's really unfortunate, since besides their own library, they also own a number of Paramount essential noirs that are sorely missing on DVD. Thankfully, they finally released four crime dramas as part of "Women in Danger - 1950s Thrillers" Collection, exclusive to Turner Classic Movies shop and Movies Unlimited. Like the title says, the set features four lead actresses, past their prime, in different degrees of predicament and danger. Only the first film, Woman in Hiding with Ida Lupino, can be considering true film noir. Other titles in the set are Female on the Beach with Joan Crawford, The Unguarded Moment with Esther Williams and The Price of Fear with Merle Oberon. One of the real disappointments is that Universal did not include one of their best woman-in-distress noirs - The Woman on the Run with Ann Sheridan that is currently only available in poor 16 mm public domain transfers.

Universal Studios joined forces with Turner Classic Movies for this release. Four single-layered discs are housed in a digipack, with one film per disc. All transfers are progressive, but a real disappointment is The Unguarded Moment. The only color film in a set, it is presented in a letterboxed aspect ratio, quiet muddy and soft. In 2012 this is inexcusable that an old transfer, probably from laserdisc days, was utilized for this release. All other black-and-white transfers are very good, with The Price of Fear being presented in original aspect ratio of 2.00:1, anamorphically enhanced. There is very little damage on the prints and mono audio is good. Extras include a short into for the whole set by Ben Mankiewicz on the Woman in Hiding disc, a TCMDb article on the said disc and all discs include a number of stills, posters and lobby cards. All films are good examples of their sub-genre, especially Woman in Hiding. It's really disappointing that they dropped a ball on one of the films in the set - otherwise this set would have been highly recommended.

  -Gregory Meshman

 


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directed by Joseph Pevney
USA 1955

 

A recent widow (Joan Crawford) begins to fear for her own life after the suspicious death of a local resident in FEMALE ON THE BEACH (1955).

 

Theatrical Release: 19 August 1955 (New York City, New York)

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DVD Review: Universal / TCM (Women in Danger - 1950s Thrillers) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Universal / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:03
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
4 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 10

 


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(aka "The Gentle Web" )

 

directed by Harry Keller
USA 1956

 

In a rare dramatic role, Esther Williams stars as a high school teacher who is stalked by a peeping tom and possibly homicidal sex fiend in THE UNGUARDED MOMENT (1956).

Theatrical Release: November 1956 (USA)

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DVD Review: Universal / TCM (Women in Danger - 1950s Thrillers) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Universal / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:54
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
4 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 11

 


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(aka "Cry Innocent" )

 

directed by Abner Biberman
USA 1956

 

A woman guilty of hit and run frames another man for the crime but is soon implicated in a far worse situation in THE PRICE OF FEAR (1956) starring Merle Oberon.

Theatrical Release: 13 March 1956 (USA)

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DVD Review: Universal / TCM (Women in Danger - 1950s Thrillers) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Universal / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:19:21
Video

1.97:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.55 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.97:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
4 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 10

 

 


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Region 1 - NTSC

 

 




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