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UK 1951

 

A cleverly plotted mystery from Cat People director Jacques Tourneur, Circle of Danger casts Oscar winner Ray Milland as an American who comes to London hoping to discover the true circumstances of his brother s death during a wartime operation in France. Also boasting fine performances from Marius Goring and Gainsborough heroine Patricia Roc, Circle of Danger is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

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An underrated film-maker whose best work (I Walked with a Zombie, Build My Gallows High) truly reached the heights, Jacques Tourneur came to Britain for the first time to put together this military conspiracy thriller, adapted by Philip Macdonald from his own novel. It's one of his more routine assignments, however, as Milland returns from the States to investigate his younger brother's death - although the authorities maintain he was killed in action, the testimony of some of his platoon's survivors suggests a very different course of events. Good camerawork by Ossie Morris and fascinating use of the Scottish and Welsh locations.

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Theatrical Release: April 17th, 1951

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Runtime 1:23:00 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:16)
• Image Gallery

DVD Release Date: March 2nd, 2015
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

Another competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. The film shows the director's adept storytelling prowess. It's not his best - but a wonderfully paced mystery building at every turn. Milland gets premium support from Patricia Roc (The House in the Woods), Marius Goring (The Red Shoes) and Naunton Wayne (The Lady Vanishes.) The image is not always consistent but, for the most part, is strong for SD without undue boosting or other manipulation. There are a few speckles but essentially damage-free.

Dialogue is audible and clean through the Dolby 2,0 channel mono. There are no subtitles on the region 2 disc. Extras include a trailer, and an image gallery.

Those appreciating Tourneur should indulge. Circle of Danger has merit although no classic. I thoroughly enjoyed my viewing. The current price seems fair for the value offered.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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