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Otto Kellar (O.E. Hasse) and his wife Alma (Dolly Hass) work as caretaker/gardner and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Canada. In the act of robbing a house where he occasionally gardens, Otto is surprised and inadvertently murders the owner. Torn with feelings of guilt and shame, he confesses to Father Michael William Logan (Montgomery Clift) back at the church. Police investigators don't look to Otto, instead begin to suspect Father Logan as he devoutly refuses to reveal what he has been told in the confessional.

 

Kind of a hidden Hitchcock film, this is a "hidden gem" if he can be said to posses such a work (they are all well-known and superb). Excellent performances and brilliant stark cinematography are hallmarks of this film. Truly a pleasure for Hitch fans who have not indulged themselves previously.

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Theatrical Release: March 22nd, 1953 - USA

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Also comes in The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection which includes - Strangers on a Train Two-Disc Edition / North by Northwest / Dial M for Murder / Foreign Correspondent / Suspicion / The Wrong Man / Stage Fright / I Confess / Mr. and Mrs. Smith

               

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC Warner Archive
Region FREE  -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:27 1:34:27
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

Disc Size: 30,538,161,292 bytes

Feature Size: 28,261,466,112 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.90 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1781 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1781 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, Japanese, French , Spanish, Czech, Polish, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: "Hitchcock's Confession; A Look at 'I Confess'" (20:39)
• Gala Canadian Premiere for 'I Confess' (:56)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:47)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

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Chapters: 25

Release Information:
Studio:
Warner

 

Disc Size: 30,538,161,292 bytes

Feature Size: 28,261,466,112 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.90 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Featurette: "Hitchcock's Confession; A Look at 'I Confess'" (20:43)
• Gala Canadian Premiere for 'I Confess' (:59)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:49)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 28

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray February 16': The same story as with The Big Sleep and Key Largo - deep rich black levels and consistent, pleasing, grain are the strong attributes of the new dual-layered 1080P transfer with a max'ed out bitrate. Depth through layered contrast augment the visuals so that the film almost looks new. It's pristine. Wonderful.

Warner utilize a DTS-HD Master track that supports the score of the iconic Dimitri Tiomkin (Angel Face, Strangers on a  Train, The Men, Dial M For Murder, The Thing From Another World etc. etc.) - it sounds regal and exemplary in uncompressed.  There are optional subtitles and lossy DUBs on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Again, same extras as the DVD - the 20-minute featurette "Hitchcock's Confession; A Look at 'I Confess" by Laurent Bouzereau from 2004. We also get a glimpse of the Gala Canadian Premiere for 'I Confess' and a theatrical trailer.

I've always liked this Hitchcock film and for those who also appreciated it - the Blu-ray is a no-brainer for your digital library. It's really quite a striking film in 1080P.

Gary W. Tooze


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Also comes in The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection which includes - Strangers on a Train Two-Disc Edition / North by Northwest / Dial M for Murder / Foreign Correspondent / Suspicion / The Wrong Man / Stage Fright / I Confess / Mr. and Mrs. Smith

               

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC Warner Archive
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