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directed by William Cameron Menzies
USA 1944

A plot revealed through the correspondence between German-American businessman and his Jewish partner, Lukas, the German-American, returns to Germany during the early Nazi years and gets caught up in the racist philosophies. He goes to the point of denying even his partner's daughter, who is engaged to Lukas's son. Disastrous results follow this man's newly acquired bigoted decisions.


The legendary production designer William Cameron Menzies (Gone With The Wind) produced and directed this startling drama, made during World War II. Academy Award®-winner Paul Lukas (1943, Best Actor, Watch on the Rhine) and Morris Carnovsky (Dead Reckoning) star as German immigrants and art-dealers in San Francisco whose lifelong friendship is threatened when Lukas returns to Germany and comes under the sway of Nazi beliefs. The daughter and son of the two men, engaged to be married, are also caught up in the crisis. This riveting Hitchcock-style thriller, stunningly photographed by Rudolph Maté (Foreign Correspondent), blends suspense, romance, action and a powerful message into a unique and exciting film. The cast also includes K.T. Stevens, Carl Esmond, Peter Van Eyck, Emory Parnell, Frank Faylen, Charles Halton and Frank Reicher.


Theatrical Release: April 24th, 1944

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Runtime 1:12:06

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2011
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NOTE: This is, obviously, not the similarly titled 2001 Ki-duk Kim film reviewed HERE.

Address Unknown is a gripping examination of the all-encompassing power of self-blame - described by TimeOut as "Lukas' portrayal of a man haunted by guilt, and cracking when a series of anonymous letters bring him under suspicion himself, almost edges the film into noir territory."

It's a Sony MoD (Made-on-Demand) product - standard single-layered but, thankfully, progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks thin but quite consistent and crisp. There is some grain texture and contrast levels are adept for SD. It does look unusually tightly-framed. The disc supports the film with a pleasant transfer with some fascinating cinematography from the great Rudolph Maté, showing unique angles and frequent shadows. Scrumptious.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles, nor even a menu, offered. There are no supplements at all. You would only purchase this solely to see Address Unknown.

This is a gem. I was very pleasantly surprised to find the film to have so much substance. I loved the camera-work, the themes of persecution, self-condemnation, shame, revenge and the shadow and light depth of the visuals. Great stuff and one we can recommend even with the bare-bones status and SD transfer limitations. I'd love for Address Unknown to come to Blu-ray one day., although highly doubtful as it took such a long time just to make it to MoD.  

  - Gary Tooze



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