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U.S.A. 1950

Superb film noir, brilliantly directed by the gifted Ray with Bogart as a talented but volatile Hollywood screenwriter.
 

When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper—Humphrey Bogart, in a revelatory, vulnerable performance—becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who can supply an alibi for him is a seductive neighbor (Gloria Grahame) with her own troubled past. The emotionally charged In a Lonely Place, freely adapted from a Dorothy B. Hughes thriller, is a brilliant, turbulent mix of suspenseful noir and devastating melodrama, fueled by powerhouse performances. An uncompromising tale of two people desperate to love yet struggling with their demons and each other, this is one of the greatest films of the 1950s, and a benchmark in the career of the classic Hollywood auteur Nicholas Ray.


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Theatrical Release: 17 May 1950

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Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL vs. Criterion Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Ole Kofoed for the DVD Screen Caps!

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Also available by Criterion on Blu-ray in the UK a week later:

Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Criterion Collection - Spine #810 - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:12 1:29:30 (4% PAL speedup) 1:33:36.068
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.20 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.70 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,911,080,479 bytes

Feature: 27,571,236,864 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.91 Mbps

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

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Columbia Tri-Star

 

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Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono , Dub in French.

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono , Dub in French, Italian and Spanish.

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, none English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or none. English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• In a Lonely Place - Revisited (Featurette).
• Restoration story.
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia.

DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 28
 

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• In a Lonely Place - Revisited (Featurette).
• Restoration story.
• Info and cover for other Bogart films from Columbia.

 

DVD Release Date: January 27, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,911,080,479 bytes

Feature: 27,571,236,864 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.91 Mbps

Edition Details:

 New audio commentary featuring film scholar Dana Polan
 Im a Stranger Here Myself, a 1975 documentary about director Nicholas Ray, slightly condensed for this release (40:33)
 New interview with biographer Vincent Curcio about actor Gloria Grahame (16:40)
 In a Lonely Place Revisited - a piece from 2002 featuring filmmaker Curtis Hanson (20:23)
 Radio adaptation from 1948 of the original Dorothy B. Hughes novel, broadcast on the program Suspense (59:56)
 Trailer (2:27)
 PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

Blu-ray Release Date: May 11th, 2016 (16th in UK)
Transparent Keep case

Chapters: 23

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray April 16': Criterion's 1080P transfer, from a new 2K digital restoration, looks exquisite. It has the impressive contrast that we have come to expect from them - darker black levels and brighter white (without being blown-out as the SD looks in comparison.) Even though the Columbia SD transfer were always very strong (great care of the print) the higher resolution is far superior in-motion with a noticeably stronger level of detail and a much more film like presence. This looks flawless.

Criterion use their usual linear PCM mono track replicating the film's original flat soundstage. The notable score is by avant garde classical composer and pianist George Antheil - who has written music for Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Sirocco (1951), House by the River (1950) Tokyo Joe (1949) and other Ray films, including, Knock on Any Door (1949). It sounds marvelous in the uncompressed adding that less-definable quality to the narrative expression. You can also detect Hadda Brooks' performing I Hadn't Anyone Till You and Either It's Love Or It Isn't as music in the film. Criterion include optional English (SDH) subtitles and the US disc is region 'A' where, I presume the UK disc is region 'B'-locked (although they will be the same packages, otherwise.)

We are privileged to get an exceptional new audio commentary featuring film scholar and NYU film professor Dana Polan discussing details of the production, Ray, Bogart, Grahame and much more giving a valuable perspective on the film's themes. Im a Stranger Here Myself, is a 1975 documentary about director Nicholas Ray running a shade over 40-minutes and slightly condensed for this release (the original ran an hour as far as I know). It features interviews with Ray, filmmaker Francois Truffaut and actors Natalie Wood and John Houseman, among others. We also get a new, 16-minute, interview with biographer Vincent Curcio (the excellent Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame) about actor Gloria Grahame revealing some of the interesting tidbits of this memorable actress's personal life and career. In a Lonely Place Revisited is a 20-minute piece from 2002 featuring filmmaker Curtis Hanson discussing the many facets of In a Lonely Place that have made it an enduring classic. Also included is an hour-long radio adaptation from March 6th, 1948 of the original Dorothy B. Hughes novel, broadcast on the program Suspense. It stars Robert Montgomery and Laurene Tuttle and was produced by Montgomery. There is also a trailer and the package contains a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith.

I was in a high state of anticipation for this masterpiece release and it appears to have surpassed my lofty expectations. The film's a/v is rich and embracing and the extras, including the valuable commentary, make this an absolute must-own Blu-ray. Buy with extreme confidence.

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ON THE DVD: Same company (Columbia) - different region - so the menus and extras are the same, but in image quality the NTSC version has a slight advantage. The Region 1 version is minimally sharper and shows some nice film grain. Contrast is good on both discs, but the PAL edition appears to have some manipulation and boosting, but it just may be it is hazy as I don't see any edge enhancement. There is very minor cropping on the Region 1 edition - negligible. I don't know why the NTSC subtitles are in that awful yellow and the PAL versions are in white. I obviously prefer the white. The PAL edition gives more DUB and subtitle options, if you require them. We recommend the region 1 NTSC DVD.

 - Gary Tooze


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Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


Subtitle Samples for DVDs

(Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


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Screen Captures

 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Also available by Criterion on Blu-ray in the UK a week later:

Distribution

Columbia Tri-Star

Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star (U.K.)
Region 2,4,5 - PAL
Criterion Collection - Spine #810 - Region 'A' Blu-ray




 

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