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directed by Bernard Vorhaus

UK 1933

 

Suspense and wry humour abound in this classic murder mystery set in an English country house one of the first films made in Britain by influential American director Bernard Vorhaus, with a cast that includes former child star Sally Blane, acclaimed British player Lewis Casson and comedy stalwarts Hay Petrie and Hal Gordon. Released in 1933, Crime on the Hill is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

A wealthy squire who had bequeathed much of his estate to his niece is found to have been poisoned, and suspicion soon falls upon the young woman's fiancÚ, Tony. As speculation runs rife in the village, a local vicar turns amateur sleuth in an attempt to prove the young man's innocence...

Theatrical Release: December 1933

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Runtime 1:03:40 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.44 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:
• Image Gallery
• Original Script PDF

DVD Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 13

 

 

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Comments

Another competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. Crime on the Hill is a short crime drama with some Pre-Code sexiness in the beginning. The video image may have a tinge of boosting but the overall visuals are very appealing even forgetting the film's age. Quite adept in-motion with few anomalies. Audio is fairly weak - as per the production quality of the period but dialogue is still audible with minor scattering. There are no subtitles on the region 2 disc.

Extras include an image gallery and an original script PDF at the root of the single-layered SD disc.

Fans of Pre-Code should be all over this, with its impressive fashion of the time and adult forwardness that would soon be smothered by the Hayes Code. I liked it enough to review and might even spin again one day!

  - Gary Tooze

 


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