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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

directed by Lawrence Huntington

UK 1959

 

Hammer icon Barbara Shelley (The Gorgon, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, The Shadow of the Cat, The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre, Dracula: Prince of Darkness) stars alongside cult actor Lee Patterson in a brilliantly taut and compelling thriller from the late '50s. Deadly Record is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

When pilot Trevor Hamilton touches down at London Airport, his wife Jenny is not there to meet him. Their marriage is on the point of collapse, and when Jenny is found dead, Hamilton becomes Suspect Number One. With the police searching for enough evidence to arrest him, Hamilton desperately interviews everyone in Jenny's social circle to find the real murderer!...

Theatrical Release: June 1959 (UK)

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Network

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 0:56:32 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.45 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
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:57)

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 2015
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

This is yet another above-average low-production British thriller. It has some decent performances from Shelley and Patterson - with typically good support. This is a fine murder-mystery and another film I would have never seen had it not been for this DVD.

This is in-line with other competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. The image very clean with some crispness in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The SD transfer is anamorphic and progressive, has a high bitrate and supports the film well with a very watchable presentation.

Audio matches the competence of the video - clean and clear in lossy. The score is from Neville McGrah - his only composing credit. There are no subtitles on the region 2 disc.

Extras include only a trailer which has been typical of the supplement output from Network for these B-thriller.

The film is better than most for this pleasurable genre of short Brit crime-thrillers. I will watch it again when the mood strikes and I have forgotten key details. At the right price, the appropriate audience will appreciate.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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