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Storm Fear [Blu-ray]
(Cornel Wilde, 1955)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Theodora Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,697,124,210 bytes
Feature Size: 18,567,376,896 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 4th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Description:Newly Re-mastered in HD! Storm Fear is a classic film noir starring, produced and directed by Cornel Wilde (The Naked Prey) as a wounded bank robber, Charlie Blake hiding out with his gang at his brother, Fred (Dan Duryea, Scarlet Street) and sister-in-law, Elizabeth' s (Jean Wallace, The Big Combo) farmhouse during a snowstorm. As time passes the criminals are anxious to move on, but need to rest so Charlie has time to recover, complicating matters more is Charlie s love for Elizabeth with whom he once had an affair. The stellar supporting cast includes Lee Grant (The Mafu Cage), Steven Hill (The Slender Thread) and Dennis Weaver (Duel) with an adapted screenplay by the great Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird) and stunning black-and-white cinematography by Joseph LaShelle (Laura.)
Much of this gripping crime drama takes place in a remote New England farm house owned by the brother of a bank robber. The crook is mortally wounded during his last heist and suddenly shows up seeking shelter. The brother reluctantly harbors the fugitive and his henchmen. Time passes and the henchmen are anxious to move on; unfortunately, their leader is healing. He is also still in love with his brother's wife with whom he had an affair. More trouble ensues when it is revealed that the woman's son was fathered by the crook, not her husband. Meanwhile, a farmhand manages to escape. He tries to alert the cops and this causes the criminals to flee. To help them through the woods the robber takes the boy to guide him. The boy is devastated when his heretofore "decent" uncle shoots his father.
A gripping film noir that's set in a claustrophobic rural New England
farmhouse during a snowstorm, where a physically ill and unsuccessful
writer, Fred (Duryea), lives with his wife Liz (Wallace) and their
12-year-old son David (Stollery). The place was bought by his gangster
younger brother. There's also a hired hand on the premises, Hank
(Weaver), who pines for Liz.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Storm Fear comes to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber looking solid. There is some texture to the visuals, but the contrast may be the best attribute of the 1080P with some appreciated layers that improve shadow detail. The few outdoor sequences do raise-the-bar for the overall image which may have a modicum of softness. The source is clean, and the image is fairly consistent throughout. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, superior to SD, viewing in regards to the video. I was pleased with the presentation.
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The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel, mono, at 1556 kbps does a competent job of exporting the film's occasionally aggressive sound requirements - guns, shouting, some fighting etc. . The Elmer Bernstein (Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) score suits the film dark cinema tendencies. It sounds crisp with some depth via the lossless - and seems to export the gritty feel of the film. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
July 22nd, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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