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directed by Robert Siodmak
USA 1944

 

Charles Laughton stars in director Robert Siodmak's excellent 1944 suspense thriller as a middle-aged shop manager in turn-of-the-century London who's driven to murder his shrewish wife when he falls in love with a beautiful young woman, and is then pursued by both a determined Scotland Yard detective and a blackmailing neighbor.

Laughton gives one of his most subtle, controlled performances as a basically good man who turns murderous when his nagging wife threatens to expose his "friendship" with beautiful Ella Raines. Miss Raines is very appealing as his heart's desire, and looks quite beautiful in the period costumes. Rosalind Ivan, who has a similar role as Edward G. Robinson's emasculating wife in Fritz Lang's 'Scarlet Street,' 1945, is excellent as the nagging wife. And Henry Daniell and Molly Lamont also offer top support as Laughton's no-account neighbor and his abused wife.

Excerpt of review from haroldg-2 for imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 22 December 1944 (San Francisco)

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DVD Review: Koch Media - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Koch Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:21:24 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.56 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 Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English; German dub)
Subtitles German, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Koch Media

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Lux Radio Theater - The Suspect Air Date: April 9, 1945 (57:34)

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2014
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Chapters 16

 

 

 

Comments

An excellent period noir The Suspect directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Charles Laughton and Ella Raines is strangely missing on DVD in region 1. There were some releases in Italy and Spain from various companies of dubious reputation specializing in classic Hollywood films and in 2014 the film was released in Germany by Koch Media under their Film Noir banner. The disc is presented in a decent PAL progressive transfer, with many marks and specs, but overall contrast and image quality look decent. There is some flickering in many scenes where the lines and specs on the background are very noticeable and makes the film looks jittery - I don't remember experiencing this on any other disc. The mono sound is decent, with no distortion if you don't take into account the usual PAL speedup. There are German subtitles available only for written text on the screen (credits, letters, newspaper articles). There is no trailer, but Koch Media includes a radio adaptation with film's main stars (Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Rosalind Ivan) from 1945. Per usual standard for Film Noir releases from Koch Media, there is a 12-page booklet attached to the digibook with an essay by Frank Arnold, in German only. This is very underrated noir yet to receive proper release from Universal in region 1, but until that happens, the disc from Koch Media gets our moderate recommendation.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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