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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka ''3 Came Home')


directed by Jean Negulesco
USA 19

Based on the autobiographical book by Agnes Newton Keith, Three Came Home stars Claudette Colbert as Mrs. Keith. Trapped in Borneo during the Japanese invasion, Mrs. Keith and her British husband (Patric Knowles) are penned up in a prison camp along with several other subjects. Despite the humanitarian views of camp commander Col. Suga (Sessue Hayakawa), Mrs. Keith is subject to torture, starvation, and humiliation at the hands of the guards, with Suga helpless to intervene lest he incur the wrath of his own superiors. Three Came Home contains several unforgettable moments, including a comic interlude between the male and female prisoners that ends abruptly with a barrage of Japanese bullets, and the heartwrenching scene wherein Suga learns that his family has been killed in a bombing raid. Since lapsing into the public domain in 1977, Three Came Home has popped up innumerable times on cable television.


Theatrical Premiere: February 20th, 1950


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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:32

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 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: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2012
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Chapters 10





Three Came Home is in the Public Domain and, hence, exists on many inferior DVD editions from companies like Alpha Video and Film Chest as well as a European PAL edition. To my knowledge this is, by far, the best.

Claudette Colbert was always excellent in War dramas (Since You Went Away, Tomorrow Is Forever) but she considered this role, as Agnes Newton Keith, her best performance of her career. I actually might agree - this is a fabulous, and very moving, film with kudos for her acting.

Most are aware by now - the usual standard single-layered MoD (Made-on-Demand) 'Cinema Archives' marquee disc - progressive and superior to other transfers in the series. It is clean with solid contrast - the source is in strong condition. I loved the heavy textures - it was very film-like on my system.  

The Dolby audio is consistent and clean with audible dialogue and no intrusive flaws. Adding substantially to the film is Hugo Friedhofer's (Man in the Attic, Ace in the Hole, Body and Soul, Gilda) atmospheric score. There are no extras nor subtitles

This reviewer has finally found a Fox MoD that he can strongly endorse... The film is marvellous and the image and sound quality is at the higher end for these MoD discs. I was impressed and give a recommendation to those keen on Colbert or vintage war films.  

  - Gary Tooze



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