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***DISC ONE***
*RICOCHET - Yvonne Phipps returns home alone and disturbs an intruder hiding in the bushes. Seeing her terrified by the ordeal, her husband teaches her how to use a gun in case the intruder returns.
Starring Maxine Audley, Richard Leech, Alex Scott, Dudley Foster and Patrick Magee. Directed by John Moxey.

*THE DOUBLE - John Cleeve is suffering from what his doctor calls 'homicidal hallucinations'. He can remember nothing of his past - apart from the obsessive memory that he has killed a business partner...
Starring Jeanette Sterke, Alan MacNaughtan, Robert Brown, Jane Griffiths and Basin Henson. Directed by Lionel Harris.

*THE RIVALS - Millionaire Swedish industrialist Rolf Neilson is horrified when his only daughter, Christina, is kidnapped from the London hotel where she is staying with him.
Starring Jack Gwillim, Erica Rogers, Brian Smith, Tony Garnett and Barry Linehan. Directed by Max Varnel.

***DISC TWO***
*TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - Sent to protect a woman frightened by telephone death threats, Sergeant Fraser goes against all codes of police conduct and falls in love with his victim.
Starring Ray Barrett, Katharine Blake, Nigel Stock, William Hartnell and Patricia Bredin. Directed by Herbert Wise.

*THE PARTNER - Shady dealings and a duplicitious accountant put studio head Wayne Douglas and his new Oriental actress Lin in peril.
Starring Yoko Tani, Guy Doleman, Ewan Roberts, Mark Eden and Anthony Booth. Directed by Garard Glaister.

*ACCIDENTAL DEATH - Returning from a party the adopted daughter of Colonel Paxton and her boyfriend are surprised by an intruder. The colonel, however, instantly recognises him as a war comrade.
Starring John Carson, Jacqueline Ellis, Derrick Sherwin and Richard Vernon. Directed by Geoffrey Nethercott.

***DISC THREE***
*FIVE TO ONE - Alan Roper is a smart young man on the fringes of big time crime. With his partner-in-crime, Lea, and his girlfriend Pat, he's planning his biggest job yet - the robbery of a betting shop owned by a man he hates.
Starring Lee Montague, Ingrid Hafner, John Thaw and Brian McDermott. Directed by Gordon Flemyng.

*SPECIAL FEATURE - THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT - It is night-time, and the lights at a large greyhound racing stadium start to go out as the last of the crowd leave. Crouched in the shadows of the car park are two youths, and they're up to no good...
Starring Derren Nesbitt, Carol White, Keith Faulkner and Harry Locke. Directed by Vernon Sewell.

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DVD Review: Network (The Edgar Wallace Anthology) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Network

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.65:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.20 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.65:1

Edition Details:
• Ricochet (1:01:40) - 6.33 mb/s; 11 chapters
• The Double (54:24) - 6.15 mb/s; 11 chapters
• The Rivals (54:36) - 6.16 mb/s; 11 chapters
• To Have and to Hold (1:08:10) - 5.62 mb/s; 11 chapters
• The Partner (55:58) - 6.23 mb/s; 11 chapters
• Accidental Death (54:38) - 6.18 mb/s; 11 chapters
• Five to One (54:06) - 7.94 mb/s; 11 chapters
• The Man in the Back Seat (55:04) - 7.93 mb/s; 11 chapters
• Image Gallery (3:18)
• pdf files of promotional materials

DVD Release Date: Oct 22nd, 2012
3 discs in a keep case

Chapters 11

 

 

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Wrong Number

Cat Girl

Catacombs Death is a Woman

Home at Seven

 

The Long Dark Hall

The Teckman Mystery

Circle of Danger

The House in the Woods

The Terrornauts

Headline

The Man Who Finally Died

 

Crime on the Hill Manuela

Crossroads to Crime

Murder Without Crime

Silent Dust

The Brain Machine

Who Killed Teddy Bear

 

Edgar Wallace Mysteries Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 1 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 2 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 3 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 4 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 5 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 6 Edgar Wallace Mysteries Vol. 7

 

 

Comments

Volume 5 of The Edgar Wallace Mystery series continues with 7 more films produced by Jack Greenwood and Merton Park Studios and an extra film THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT produced by Julian Wintle and Leslie Parkyn for Independent Artists on 3 dual-layered discs. Compared to previous volumes, this one is especially heavy on film noirs. RICOCHET, THE RIVALS, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD and FIVE TO ONE has noir atmosphere. An extra feature, THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT is especially exemplary British noir - a 55-minute ride to hell that could make a nice double-feature with Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour.

The StudioCanal logo starts off each film. The films are progressively transferred in theatrical aspect ratio of 1.65:1. The anamorphic transfers looks excellent, with strong contrast and very minimal damage on the prints. Some films suffer from poor soundtrack and this is where the optional English subtitles would have helped. The extras on the third disc include an image gallery, pdf promotional materials and an extra feature - THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT directed by Vernon Sewell. A 12-page booklet with notes on each film and insightful essays on the series by Kim Newman rounds off each volume. Discs are labeled as region 2, but are actually region free.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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Ricochet

 

 


 The Double

 

 


 The Rivals

 

 


 To Have and To Hold

 

 


 The Partner

 

 


 Accidental Death

 

 


  Five to One

 

 


  The Man in the Back Seat

 


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Distribution

Network

Region 0 - PAL

 



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