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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Bonaventure" )

 

directed by Douglas Sirk

USA 1951

 

Charlotte Hastings' West End stage hit Bonaventure was adroitly translated to the American screen as Thunder on the Hill. The bulk of the action takes place at convent, presided over by Sister Mary (Claudette Colbert). Circumstances -- namely, a dangerous rainstorm and raging flood -- dictate that the convent become a stopover for Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth), a convicted murderess who is being escorted to Death Row by a brace of guards. Slowly becoming convinced that Valerie is innocent, Sister Mary sets about to clear the girl and bring the genuine killer to justice. It goes without saying that said killer is also a reluctant guest of the convent. A superb shadow-laden climax in the convent's belltower caps this heart-pounding mystery meller.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 1951

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DVD Review: Screenbound Pictures - Region 0 - PAL

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Screenbound Pictures

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:20:57 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.5 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.

Bitrate

Audio English 2.0 Dolby
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Screenbound Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Trailer (2:05)

DVD Release Date: February 29th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Thunder on the Hill is also available in the NTSC Universal / TCM's Douglas Sirk: Filmmaker Collection reviewed HERE. I didn't bother with comparisons captures as this is very different being one of the rare anamorphic 1.33:1 SD transfers. It's only single-layered but looks fantastic with a high bitrate. Contrast is strong for the format and it's a very clean source. Audio is likewise adept with no fatal flaws (dropouts or hiss). There are no subtitles and only a trailer as an extra.

Under Sirk's helm Thunder on the Hill is a solid and intriguing mystery with many deft touches. Performances are solid and I enjoyed watching it again. Good film even in repeat viewing.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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