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Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume Five

Miss Pinkerton (1932)     Hard to Handle (1933)

Ladies They talk About (1933)     The Mind Reader (1933)

After the dawn of sound and before the Production Code, Hollywood ran wild and free. Fearlessly and frankly tackling subjects and scenes that would quickly become forbidden to a generation of filmmakers, these seldom-seen pre-Code wonders are both revelatory and sin-sational. This fifth volume takes a walk on the wild side with a foursome that sees Jimmy Cagney (Hard to Handle), Warren William (The Mind Reader), Barbara Stanwyck (Ladies They Talk About) and Joan Blondell (Miss Pinkerton) in tales of swindlers, crooks and crimebusters.

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:18:18
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.27 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:21)

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2012
4 discs in a Keep Case

Chapters 28

 

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Before the age of Warner Archive Collection, Warner Home Video released three volumes of pre-code dramas as Forbidden Hollywood Collection (reviewed HERE, HERE, HERE). Since then, both Universal (HERE) and Columbia/Sony (HERE) followed the suit and released their own pre-code set and Warner Archive themselves released a number of pre-code double features (Dorothy McKaill)  and single disc releases, like highly recommended Safe in Hell and Madam Satan. The public has spoken and Warner Archive Collection continue to bring us pre-code goodies in volumes 4 and 5 of Forbidden Hollywood Collection. What's more of interest for some people, these two volumes were released on pressed and not made-on-demand discs in the first pressing. I ordered my sets 3 months after they were released, in October, and both of them were pressed.

Volume 5, unlike the previous volume, does not follow the same cast or director, but overall more representative of the pre-code films of the era, with different genres and themes. We get Mervyn LeRoy's Hard to Handle with James Cagney, Howard Bretherton and William Keighley's Ladies They Talk About with Barbara Stanwyck, Roy Del Ruth's The Mind Reader with Warren William and last, but not least Lloyd Bacon's Miss Pinkerton with Joan Blondell and George Brent. From the crime comedy of Hard to Handle to the mystery of Miss Pinkerton, we can not imagine these films being made they way they are now in just a year. Each movie gets its own single-layered disc, with 3 titles getting a theatrical trailer. Only Ladies They Talk About has been available previously on home video in VHS era, but each title gets a new progressive transfer. Unfortunately, each transfer as good as a print quality would allow, with various degree of damaged frames, marks and lines on the print, but overall the contrast is good and mono audio is adequate. Unlike previous volumes and per usual Warner Archive standard, there are no English captions or subtitles, but nevertheless we highly recommend these two sets.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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(aka "A Bad Boy" or "Hard to Hold" or "The Inside")

 

directed by Mervyn LeRoy
USA 1933

Theatrical Release: 28 January 1933

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(aka "Women in Prison" )

 

directed by Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
USA 1933

Theatrical Release: 4 February 1933

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:57
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.14 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:16)

DVD Release Date:
4 discs in a Keep Case

Chapters 30

  


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directed by Roy Del Ruth
USA 1933

Theatrical Release: 1 April 1933

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:09:57
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.24 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date:
4 discs in a Keep Case

Chapters 25

 


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directed by Lloyd Bacon
USA 1932

Theatrical Release: 30 July 1932

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:05:18
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.63 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:05)

DVD Release Date:
4 discs in a Keep Case

Chapters 25
 

 


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Distribution

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Region 0 - NTSC

 

 




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