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No Man's Woman [Blu-ray]
(Franklin Adreon, 1955)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,230,016,998 bytes
Feature Size: 23,076,587,520 bytes
Video Bitrate: 39.90 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 27th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1829 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1829 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
When the scheming, double-crossing Carolyn Ellenson-Grant
The Killing) is found murdered, the list of possible
suspects is very long. Those who may have killed this most
unpleasant woman include her husband Harlow (John Archer,
White Heat), a man desperate to divorce his
money-grubbing wife so that he can move on with his life;
Wayne Vincent (Patric Knowles, Auntie Mame) a
newspaper columnist and art collector who believed that
Carolyn loved him only to find out that her interests were
not purely of a romantic nature; Betty Allen (Jil Jarmyn,
Lay That Rifle Down), Carolyn’s assistant who discovered
that Carolyn had designs on her fiancÚ; Dick Sawyer (Richard
Mysterious Island), Betty’s fiancÚ and the object of
Carolyn’s recent seduction … and blackmail plot.
Her Kisses Couldn't Stop This Killer!
Carolyn Ellenson double-crosses five people who cross her path and is murdered by one of them. After marrying Harlow Grant for his money, she leaves him but carries on her infidelities so cleverly he can not divorce her. When Grant falls in love with Louise Nelson, art-studio employee, Carolyn demands a prohibitive cash settlement and large alimony payments. Then tiring of her art-critic lover, Wayne Vincent, who has jeopardized his own career touting her art-studio business, Carolyn leaves him to pursue Dick Sawyer and break-up his engagement to Betty Allen. All of these five people have motives for murdering Carolyn and the police choose Grant as the logical suspect. But another person comes forward to confess to the killing for personal reasons, but he didn't do it. The real killer feels secure but must remove the murder-weapon from the studio before the police discover it.Excerpt from TelevisionFanatic located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
No Man's Woman arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered and the print used has plenty of speckles and minor scratches but they are mostly frame-specific. It is flat and dull in the first 15-minutes but improves with some decent contrast layers. Textures are apparent. There is no real depth but this is all certainly watchable in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio (original?) without unforgivable flaws. The Blu-ray gave me a decent, if not overly-rewarding, HD presentation.
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Olive use a DTS-HD 2.0 channel mono track at 1829 kbps (24-bit). There is minor depth burt not a ton of effect sounds (a lone pair of gunshots.) The score is by R. Dale Butts (The Shanghai Story, Stranger at My Door, Hell's Half Acre, City That Never Sleeps, Too Late for Tears) is almost non-existent - not adding much to the atmosphere. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.
October 23rd, 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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