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(aka "The Girl Was Young")

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UK 1937

Celebrated for the macabre, tour-de-force plots and sublime twist endings that would come to define the very genre of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock is one of cinema s greatest auteurs, his career spanning six decades and over sixty films.

One of Hitchcock s most significant pre-war thrillers a series of films that would help pave the way to even greater success in Hollywood Young and Innocent stars Derrick de Marney as Robert Tisdall, a man who turns fugitive after he finds the body of a young actress washed up on a beach and is promptly accused of her murder; Nova Pilbeam is the beautiful young woman whose help he enlists, and George Curzon features in one of his best-known British film roles as the jealous ex-husband who harbours a terrible secret...

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Theatrical Release: November 1937 - London

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Comparison:

VCI (UK) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Concorde (Germany) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Pavel Borodin for all the DVD screen captures!

 

1) VCI - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Concorde - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Box Covers

 

Distribution

Video Collection International (UK)

Region 2 - PAL

Concorde Home Entertainment (Germany)
Region 2 - PAL
Network
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:19:27 (4% PAL speedup) 1:19:12 (4% PAL speedup) 1:22:55.958
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: 7.27 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: 6.64
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 22,527,654,985 bytes

Feature Size: 17,593,006,080 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 AVC

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

Bitrate:

VCI

 

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Concorde

 

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

Audio

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None German and none English and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Video Collection International (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None


DVD Release Date: January 15th, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 17

Release Information:
Studio: Concorde Home Entertainment (Germany) 

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

None

 

DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2003
Digipack foldout with cardboard case

Chapters 12

 

This disc is only available as part of the 6 disc pack Alfred Hitchcock - The Early Years, released in Germany by Concorde. The Early Years box set contains the following discs: The Lodger / Downhill, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Sabotage, Secret Agent, Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes

Release Information:
Studio:
Network

 

Disc Size: 22,527,654,985 bytes

Feature Size: 17,593,006,080 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Charles Barr (3:34)
• Hitchcock: The Early Years a 25-minute documentary covering Hitchcock's pre-war career (24:02)
• Image Gallery (1:12)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 19th, 2015
Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray February 15': This highly anticipated release doesn't disappoint - especially compared to the previous, artifact-ridden, SD treatments. The condition of the source is still unfortunate - so a film-level restoration has not taken place. Forgetting the expected speckles, marks, scratches and like-impediments, the 1080P Blu-ray (NOT 1080i) by Network is dramatically superior to the early 2000 DVDs. As you may be aware the higher resolution actually brings out the detail and damage is a, more noticeable, degree. It is mostly frame-specific and didn't hurt my viewing pleasure one-iota. The grain textures are wonderful - I could have taken screen grabs all day. It shows more information in the frame, significantly more layered contrast, tighter and even examples of depth. Far more impressive than i was anticipating - single-layered but with a reasonable bitrate for the 1-hour 22-minute film - finally shown, digitally, in its theatrically running time (without PAL speedup.) I truly appreciate the lack of digitization although a few scenes may have had some 'darkening' - hard to know. No complaints here though.

Audio has a mono, linear PCM that does its best and actually does have some stronger-than-expected depth albeit with the forgivable production limitations. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'B'-locked Blu-ray disc.

Network give us a 3.5-minute introduction by Charles Barr (author of English Hitchcock - Movie Book Series) and the 25-minute, Carlton-produced, Hitchcock: The Early Years documentary covering Hitchcock's pre-war career (in 576i PAL), and lastly, a trailer in 1080P.

Yes, some duplication with The 39 Steps, but still a highly entertaining Hitch, and I'm thrilled to have this in my collection in a superior BD package. This Blu-ray is absolutely recommended!

***

ON THE DVDs: They look to be from the same print, with the same damage marks, but the Concorde is slightly cleaner. The Concorde is much brighter and any contrast boosting (which surely must be there) is not overly evident. The VCI edition looks faded, dull and full of chroma, but does seem to show a lot of film grain. There are no Extras on either DVD and only the Concorde offers subtitles (in German). Although neither edition is stellar looking, this is another example of why I should be buying the Concorde Boxset, which is looking very good right now. 

 - Gary W. Tooze

 





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2) Concorde - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

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Box Covers

 

Distribution

Video Collection International (UK)

Region 2 - PAL

Concorde Home Entertainment (Germany)
Region 2 - PAL
Network
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

 

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Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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