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directed by Josef von Sternberg
USA 1935


Columbia Pictures updated Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic novel "Crime and Punishment" from its original era and set it during the bleak years of the Great Depression. The updating works due to an excellent director and a superb cast. Josef von Sternberg guided the production along with his usual flair, making "Crime and Punishment" an entertaining motion picture. In the film, Roderick Raskolnikov (Peter Lorre) murders a haggish, old pawnbroker and soon discovers that he hasn't committed the perfect crime. Inspector Porfiry (Edward Arnold) is on to him and starts a cat and mouse game with Roderick that nearly drives Roderick insane. Also, a sympathetic prostitute, Sonya (Marian Marsh), falls in love with Roderick and begs him to give himself up and face the punishment that is coming to him. [...]

Excerpt of review from MarcoAntonio1 for located HERE


Theatrical Release: 22 November 1935 (USA)

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DVD Review: Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:27:42

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2015
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Josef von Sternberg's Crime and Punishment has been rumored for a DVD release from Sony Pictures for some time. Before home video market slowed down and a boom of made-on-demand releases, it was going to be included in Columbia Pictures Peter Lorre triple feature along with Island of Doomed Men (1940) and The Face Behind the Mask (1941), but that release never materialized and Island of Doomed Men made its home video debut in 2011. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's adaptation never saw DVD-R release, but instead was directly released by Mill Creek Entertainment in 2015 on a pressed DVD. While the disc features excellent Sony Pictures restoration of the film, with no visible damage on print, good contrast and healthy grain, the disc itself is the usual Mill Creek budget release, interlaced and with some visible compression issues. This release made my best of 2015 DVD list - the availability of the film itself after a long wait, excellent restoration from Sony and cheap price of the Mill Creek disc are the main reasons for this placement. Hopefully, a better release from another studio in high definition would follow.

  - Gregory Meshmam


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