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Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
USA 1945

 

After a promising start on Poverty Row quickies, Joseph H. Lewis (The Big Combo) made his first film at Columbia and established himself as a director to watch with this Gothic-tinged Hitchcockian breakout hit, which later proved so popular that Columbia promoted it to A-feature status.

The morning after Julia Ross (Nina Foch, Escape in the Fog) takes a job in London as secretary to wealthy widow Mrs Williamson Hughes (Dame May Whitty, The Lady Vanishes), she wakes up in a windswept Cornish mansion, having been drugged. Mrs Hughes and her volatile son, Ralph (George Macready, Gilda), attempt to gaslight Julia into believing she is Ralph s wife, Marion. Her belongings have been destroyed, the windows barred and the locals believe that she is mad. Will Julia be able to escape before she falls prey to the Hughes sinister charade? And what happened to the real Marion Hughes?

A briskly paced and brilliantly stylised mystery that grabs its audience from the start, My Name Is Julia Ross immediately cemented Lewis place in the noir pantheon, and anticipated the elaborate identity-based deceptions found in future classic thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Brian De Palma's Obsession.

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Cult figure and B-movie auteur Joseph H. Lewis directed this taut exercise in film noir. Julia Ross (Nina Foch), an American receiving medical treatment in London, finds herself short on money and takes a job as secretary for Mrs. Hughes (May Whitty), the matriarch of a large estate. Julie meets Mrs. Hughes' son Ralph (George Macready), a mysterious gentleman with a facial scar, shortly before eating lunch and falling into a deep sleep. When she awakes, she's in a different home with a high fence, and everyone around her insists that she's Ralph's wife, just home after a stay in a mental institution. My Name Is Julia Ross was one of Lewis' first "prestige" productions; begun as a ten-day B-picture, studio heads were so impressed with the results that they expanded the schedule by eight days to give the picture more polish. 

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 8th, 1945

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Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Film Noir Classics III) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) Sony TCM (Film Noir Classics III) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies
Region 1 - NTSC
Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:04:56        1:05:02.607 
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,585,541,599 bytes

Feature: 20,268,945,984 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate DVD

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Theatrical trailer (1:37)
 Galleries
 TCMDb Article

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2012
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 9

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,585,541,599 bytes

Feature: 20,268,945,984 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by noir expert Alan K. Rode
Identity Crisis: Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia - The Nitrate Diva (Nora Fiore) provides the background and an analysis of the film (21:35)
Theatrical trailer (1:37)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Adrian Martin)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 18th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly, we've reviewed the entire TCM DVD set HERE. Arrow has put My Name is Julia Ross on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate. It improves over the SD in all the expected areas - more grain texture, better layered contrast and slightly more information in the frame. The 1080P resolution presentation is fairly flawless at over 6X the bitrate of the 2012 DVD. 

The film's audio is presented in a linear PCM 2.0 channel mono (24-bit) that is as pristine as the video. The audio quality is consistent and even with clear and audible. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE
Blu-ray.

I thoroughly enjoyed the commentary by noir expert Alan K. Rode and he discusses a lot about Nina Foch - her career(s), Joe Lewis and much more. There is also a video piece entitled Identity Crisis: Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia where The Nitrate Diva (Nora Fiore) provides background and an analysis of the film for 22-minutes. There is a theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow while the first pressings get an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Adrian Martin.

Great little cracker of a Noir! The
Blu-ray a/v is perfect plus we get a commentary and astute analysis and booklet. No-brainer for fans pf the dark cinema. Thanks again to Arrow - we are highly appreciative of their work!

Gary Tooze

 


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Distribution Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies
Region 1 - NTSC
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