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USA 1944

A classic noir thriller with Robinson in top form as the likeable professor of criminal psychology who finds his most vivid fantasies and fears fulfilled when his wife and kids take a vacation and leave him alone to cope with the evils of the big city. Meeting up (innocently, it seems) with the woman of his dreams - the subject of a painting in a gallery window he passes regularly - he becomes involved first in the violent killing of a man, then in blackmail. Meanwhile his DA pal (Massey) keeps him in touch with the police's search for the killer. With Bennett and Duryea superb as the eponymous heroine and the blackmailer, and atmospheric camerawork by Milton Krasner, it's not merely a dazzling piece of suspense, but also a characteristically stark demonstration of Lang's belief in the inevitability of fate: Robinson, basically a good man, makes one small slip in a moment of relaxation, and he's doomed.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 3rd, 1944

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Runtime 1:39:12  1:34:50.040 (4% PAL Speedup) 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1080i Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 12,623,982,252 bytes

Feature: 12,536,659,968 bytes

Codec: MPEG2 Video

Total Video Bitrate: 15.96  Mbps

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono), DUBs: Spanish (Dolby Digital mono), French (Dolby Digital mono)

Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps

Subtitles English, Spanish, None Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2007

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Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: New Line Films

 

1080i Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 12,623,982,252 bytes

Feature: 12,536,659,968 bytes

Codec: MPEG2 Video

Total Video Bitrate: 15.96  Mbps

 

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Blu-ray Release Date: May 5th, 2015
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ADDITION: New Line Films - Region FREE Blu-ray (March 2016): Warning. Joan Bennett gets a 10/10, Fritz Lang's Woman in the Window get a 9/10 and the New Line Blu-ray gets a 1/10. It's flaws are egregious - MPEG2, 1080i transfer in PAL timing, horizontally stretched, puny file size and bitrate, muddy - lossy, poor, English, audio - but is watchable on a small enough screen. No extras. The out-of-print DVD is the way to go but I had high hopes for this New Line which looks like a blow-up from SD. We say 'pass' - as we do on many Spanish BDs.

There is a pricey PAL DVD HERE. Let's just hope this Noir gem gets a proper 1080P release sooner rather than later and adds some extras too... 

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ON THE DVD: (Jan 2007): Another decent, if not stellar, progressive, single-layered, transfer from MGM. Fairly good contrast and grey tones and the image is (again - as Bullet For Joey) fairly clean. Still some artifacts but it's a pleasant surprise from the usual lackluster manner that MGM has tended to treat such classics.

No extras at all but there are optional subtitles and a couple of DUBs available. The lack of extras would make the price on the exorbitant side if it wasn't that the film is absolutely marvelous! It also begs the point that it definitely deserves some bona-fide supplements. I suppose it is just great to finally have this Lang gem on my shelf now. Edward G. has a different kind of role (for him) and Joan Bennett is as comely as ever. Pure Noir gold and strongly recommended!

Gary W. Tooze


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