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(aka "Blaze of Glory")

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USA 1953

Petty crook Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Jean Peters), he finds a haul bigger than he could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by manipulative Feds and the unwitting courier’s Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption, Right versus Red, and passion against self preservation. With its dazzling cast and director Samuel Fuller’s signature raw energy and hardboiled repartee, Pickup on South Street is a true film noir classic by one of America’s most passionate cinematic craftsmen.

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Theatrical Release: June 17th, 1953

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Comparison:

Carlotta - Region 2- PAL vs. Criterion -  Region 1 - NTSC vs. Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Vincent L. and  Henrik Sylow for the Region 2 captures !

1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Carlotta Films

Region 2- PAL

Criterion Collection Spine # 224 -

Region 1 - NTSC

Optimum Releasing
Region 2 - PAL
Masters of Cinema - Spine #111
Region 'B' -Blu-ray
Runtime 1:17:00 (4% PAL speedup) 1:20:27 1:17:08 (4% PAL speedup) 1:20:24.444
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.14 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.84 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,131,348,959 bytes

Feature: 21,681,233,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Carlotta

Bitrate:

Fox

 

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Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

 

Blu-ray

Audio English 1.0 Mono, French 1.0 Mono English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles French, None English, None None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

- Introduction by Arthur Penn (6:04 / English with removable subtitles)
- The French dub (8:12 / French)
- Film Noir, Interview of François Guérif (22:27 / French)
- The Fuller Style, Interview of Hervé De Luze (15:46 / French)
- Interview of Samuel Fuller (11:14 / French and English with subtitles)
- Trailer (1'48 English with removable subtitles

DVD Release Date: June 16th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 9

 

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Exclusive interview with the late Samuel Fuller, made by renowned film critic Richard Schickel
• Excerpts from the Cinéma Cinémas series with Fuller discussing the making of the film
• Illustrated biographical essay on Fuller by Jeb Brody (Scenario, Print magazines)
• Stills gallery of photos, posters, lobby cards, and original paintings by noted artist Russell Christian (The NY Times, The New Yorker)
• Trailers for Pickup on South Street and other Fuller features
• Booklet including excerpts from Fuller’s award-winning autobiography A Third Face, featuring Martin Scorsese’s introduction and Fuller on Pickup on South Street, plus a new essay by acclaimed cultural historian Luc Sante (Low Life, Evidence)

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2004
Keep Case
Chapters: 21

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

None

DVD Release Date:  July 19th, 2004
Keep Case
Chapters: 9

Release Information:
Studio: Masters of Cinema

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 - 1080P Dual-

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,131,348,959 bytes

Feature: 21,681,233,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
25 Minute Video Interview with François Guérif (23:24- from Allerton Films)

Kent Jones on Pickup on South Street (32:13)

• Samuel Fuller (11:43)

Original Theatrical Trailer (1:47)
PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Samuel Fuller, archival interviews, and more

DVD included


Blu-ray Release Date: August 17th, 2015
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (August 2015): Very appealing Blu-ray transfer from the Master of Cinema for Samuel Fuller's classic Noir - Pickup on South Street. This 1080P has a very high bitrate looks a bit darker than the SDs, show more information on the left and top edge and a shade less on the right and bottom. It looks pretty sweet in-motion. Detail certainly crisps-up in the close-ups and overall I enjoyed the film very much in HD. It remains to be seen if contrast could improve (it can look a shade murky) - I have no word on a Criterion Blu-ray at this time.

 

Authentic 1.0 channel mono track via an uncompressed linear PCM at 1152 kbps. It exports the film's sound competently. The score by Academy Award-winning composer, conductor and songwriter Leigh Harline (Johnny Come Lately, 23 Paces to Baker Street, House of Bamboo, Broken Lance) and benefits sounding very clean, moody and atmospheric. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on the region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

 

MoC add some great supplements - starting with 32-minutes talking with Kent Jones on Pickup on South Street where he details some of the production history, Fuller influences, and more. From Allerton Films we get 25-minutes with François Guérif (in French with English subtitles) and another French piece (from the Cinéma Cinémas series excerpted on the Criterion DVD) with Sam Fuller talking (burned-in French subtitles) talking about Pickup while chomping on a cigar. There is an original theatrical trailer (in rough shape but 1080P - as are all the video extras) plus the package has a liner notes booklet featuring writing by Samuel Fuller, archival interviews, and photos. Being dual-format a, second disc, DVD is included.

 

What a fabulous viewing experience I had - as well as indulging in the supplements. I've been in a real Noir phase recently and this was such a welcome HD presentation. It has our highest recommendation!

 

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ADDITION: well the Carlotta looks excellent, and at times superior to the Criterion, but overall consistency goes to the Criterion which shows a nice light film grain where the Carlotta is smoother. It's hard to make a definitive statement on which is positively the best, but I lean towards the Criterion - if, for example, you dislike visible film grain, then the Carlotta is the best option. Criterion have brought up the blacks a shade giving the impression of a sharper image, but the differences between the two releases is negligible. On the extras front the Carlotta offers some interesting supplement material, but 3 of the 6 are in French with no English sub option. Personally I am always partial to English subtitles on the feature (even on English language film!) so its the Criterion for me - you may differ, especially if you require/perfer French subtitles.  

NOTE: Vincent did his best but a few of his captures are not exact matches (as indicated). We appreciate his effort.

The Criterion is only slightly superior in the image department. In fact it almost looks like a direct port with the NTSC / PAL being the only real separation. Sharpness may be marginally in Criterion's favor, but I suspect that contrast is the key issue with Criterions nudging out on top. The Criterion's blacks are deeper and it shows more film grain. The Criterion is cropped minutely on the top edge. The Optimum has no subtitles and no Extras - where the Criterion is once again flourishing. Criterion if you can afford (and want the extras) - Optimum if it's on sale!

 - Gary W. Tooze


Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style
by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward

The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir

by Foster Hirsch

Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City

by Nicholas Christopher

The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir
by Eddie Muller
The Little Black and White Book of Film Noir: Quotations from Films of the 40's and 50's
by Peg Thompson, Saeko Usukawa
Film Noir
by Alain Silver
Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959
by Michael F. Keaney
More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts
by James Naremore

Check out more in "The Library"


 



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Carlotta - Region 2- PAL

 



(Criterion -  Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL- RIGHT)


 

Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


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1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

NOTE: Not exact cap match with Carlotta

 


1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Carlotta - (France) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Optimum Classics - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Criterion / Blu-ray

 

Box Covers

Distribution

Carlotta Films

Region 2- PAL

Criterion Collection Spine # 224 -

Region 1 - NTSC

Optimum Releasing
Region 2 - PAL
Masters of Cinema - Spine #111
Region 'B' -Blu-ray




 

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