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directed by Don Chaffey
Yugoslavia, UK 1965

 

Robert Ryan and Stewart Granger clash over a secret too dangerous to keep in The Crooked Road, a breathless tale of corruption and intrigue based on the novel by Morris L. West. It's been 10 years since the Duke of Orgagna (Stewart Granger) married the woman (Nadia Gray) they both loved. and now journalist Richard Ashley (Robert Ryan) is about to have his revenge. Days away from publishing an expose that will topple the Balkan leader, all Ashley needs are photostats of private letters that prove the Duke guilty of fraud. When his contact is murdered and Orgagna frames him for the crime, Ashley must locate the documents before the Duke decides to kill the story by killing the reporter.

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Theatrical Release: 3 February 1965 (New York City, NY)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:33:51
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.12 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: June 17th, 2014
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Chapters 25

 

 

 

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The Crooked Road is a passable British-Yugoslavian thriller starring Robert Ryan and Stewart Granger shot on location in then-communist Yugoslavia as a stand-in for a Mediterranean country full of corruption. Robert Ryan and Stewart Granger chew the scenery trying to hide the weak script, but the film is beautifully shot by Stephen Dade (Zulu) and La Dolce Vita's Nadia Gray is trying her best as a woman that comes between the two men.

A made-on-demand disc from Warner Archives presents The Crooked Road for the first time on home video, in aspect ratio of 1.78:1, anamorphically enhanced. This being a British/European production the aspect ratio should be closer to 1.66:1, but the image doesn't look to be missing much information on the sides, just a bit tight in a few shots. The transfer looks very good, with excellent contrast and some damage, but it is never intrusive. You can see Robert Ryan's wrinkles in close-ups! The English audio is decent, with some hiss in a few scenes. There are no English subtitles, per usual standard and the film gets no extras, but generous 25 chapters. A forgettable little thriller that we can recommend to a Robert Ryan completist.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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