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directed by Archie Mayo
USA 19
41

Don Ameche, an American news bureau chief stationed in London, is frustrated by the British government's censorship of his wildly speculative dispatches to the United States. Joan Bennett is the government Teletype operator assigned to make sure that Ameche doesn't send out any story that hasn't been cleared. At first adversarial towards each other, Ameche and Bennet fall in love while huddled in various bomb shelters during the 1940 London blitz. Clearly inspired by Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (40), Confirm or Deny was one of many "preparedness" films turned out by Hollywood in the months just prior to Pearl Harbor. Any political proselytizing, however, takes second place to the Don Ameche/Joan Bennett love story.

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Theatrical Release: November 19th, 1941

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DVD Review: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:13:27
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 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 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: June 12th, 2013
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Chapters 12

 

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Confirm or Deny is a decent war-romance and Joan Bennett is marvelous. Unfortunately, Fox Made-on-Demand transfer (about 3.5 Gig) doesn't seem to respect the film much as this DVD release is teeming with chroma. Contrast is poor (inconsistent, dusty and occasionally 'green') - it looks very brittle and even has some edge-enhancement. It's standard single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The film presentation is quite distracted by the image flaws.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles, or extras offered.

I think the film is certainly good enough to warrant a better package than this. Although a Twentieth Century Fox product - you might suspect it is some fly-by-night public domain outfit. They shouldn't have even bothered releasing this at all - especially the the offered price. Pass.

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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