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Love on the Dole [Blu-ray]
(John Baxter, 1941)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: British National Films
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 41,485,328,525 bytes
Feature Size: 31,097,407,488 bytes
Video Bitrate: 37.94 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 18th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), none
•Our Film (Harold French, 1942): enthralling propaganda film contrasting the Russian and British home front (14:00)
• The Call for Arms (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1940): Government sponsored film about life at a munitions factory (7:46)
• Island People (Paul Rotha, 1940): a film surveying of aspects of the British way of life (10:21)
• Illustrated booklet with new writing by Chris Hopkins and Jo Botting and full film credits
DVD of the film.
Description: Set in 1930s Salford during the Great
Depression, Love on the Dole follows Harry Hardcastle
In Which We Serve) and Sally (Deborah Kerr,
The Innocents), two young siblings who fall prey to
poverty and mass unemployment, and must make terrible
sacrifices in order to survive.
Filmed in the North Country of England, this is a film noir set in the 1930s as a family struggles with poverty and unemployment. Depressing and realistic, it portrays the lengths to which a family can go in order to survive., though there is some humor interlaced to keep the bleakness under control. The beautiful, sepia-tinted photography enhances the portrayals, which are excellent.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Despite the relevance of its theme, Walter Greenwood's sentimental tragedy remains very much a '30s period piece. The Salford slums look as irredeemably picturesque as the surrounding Pennine countryside, and 'Honest' Sam Grundy in his big car and check suit looks more like a teddy bear than a repulsive villain. Kerr is hardly the archetypical Lancashire mill-girl, but her mixture of coolness and fragility works surprisingly well in the scenes with the grumbling, bullying father she 'disgraces' and the fawningly lecherous bookie she pawns her body to. The real bite, though, comes from the gaggle of black-coated gossips - Mrs Dorbell, Mrs Nattle, Mrs Jike and Mrs Bull - who, Greek-chorus-like, pronounce judgment over their hap'orth of gin.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Love on the Dole gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from the BFI. It's dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. Minor surface scratches and frame-specific marks are visible but there is no noise in the darker sequences. The 1080P supports adept contrast layering and some pleasing grain textures. It's solid in-motion and produces a reasonably consistent presentation.
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BFI use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 2304 kbp (24-bit). It's imperfect due to the age but the lossless exports the film's sounds and dialogue very well including the score by Richard Addinsell, who is notable for the Blithe Spirit and the 1951 A Christmas Carol and who also composed the score for the Vivien Leigh films Dark Journey + Fire Over England. It suits the film sentimentality and accentuates the tugging of heart-strings. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
BFI add three early 40's British shorts as supplements. Our Film (Harold French, 1942) runs 14-minutes and is an enthralling propaganda film contrasting the Russian and British home front. The Call for Arms (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1940) is less than 8-minutes. It's a Government sponsored film about life at a munitions factory and Island People (Paul Rotha, 1940) is juts over 10-minutes - a film surveying of aspects of the British way of life. In the package is an illustrated booklet with new writing by Chris Hopkins and Jo Botting as well as a listing of full film credits. Being 'Dual-format' a DVD of the film is also available.
January 2nd, 2016
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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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