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(aka 'Man on the Run')

directed by Lawrence Huntington

UK 1949

 

Set in post-war England, demobbed Cpl Newman (Kenneth More) bumps into Army deserter Peter Burdon (Derek Farr) working as a barman in a coastal public house, and being down on his luck blackmails his old colleague for £2pw to keep his silence.

In response Burden goes on the run again, this time to London, but owing money to his landlord he decides to pawn his old service revolver to pay the rent. Just as Burden pulls out his empty revolver to show the store keeper, two armed crooks burst into the jewellery store to commit a robbery – assaulting the jeweller and killing a police constable during the getaway. Burden is suspected of being a member of the gang, and expecting the police won’t believe the word of a deserter, he goes into hiding in the East End. He is taken in by attractive war widow Jean Adams (Joan Hopkins), who believes his alibi and offers to help prove his innocence. But the only clue they have is that one of the crooks has the top of his middle fingers missing...

Excerpt from BritMovie.co.UK located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 20th, 1949

 

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DVD Review: Media Target Distribution - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution

Media Target Distribution

Region FREE - PAL

Runtime 1:16:57 +  alternate ending: 1:15:06  (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.14 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 for alt version - German DUB for 86-minute version
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Media Target Distribution

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2012
Standard Keep Case

Chapters 6

 

 

 

Comments

This was made by the Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) in 1949. It's a cracker of a thriller. It has Laurence Harvey in his feature film debut playing a lesser but important role. I wanted very badly to watch it as I suspected it had some Noir conventions. But while an excellent suspense film - it doesn't lean to the 'dark cinema' in any major way. However Wilkie Cooper's cinematography is impressive - later in his career he would be DoP for Harryhausen films Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

There are two versions of the film on this DVD - a German DUB'ed version that runs slightly longer (less than 2-minutes) - and a second termed 'with alternate ending' as the English version. The trouble is that this has been out-of-print in, this, the only DVD version I am aware of - by a German company; 'Media Target Distribution' - and hence, is fetching more than is generally acceptable because of both its scarcity and lauded film status. The source has some rougher patches and plenty of small-to-medium scratches and speckles - see damage captures below - but I like the grain and contrast seems fine - indicating some decent density in the print. It can be a bit frail but I don't see over-digitization. It is highly imperfect but still thoroughly watchable, IMO.

NOTE: I watched the German version and the ending is different enough that I'd like to see it in original English one day.

The lossy audio fares about as well as the video with some pops and hiss but none too-dominating. I watched the original English language version not the German DUB.) We get a score from Philip Green (The Girl Hunters, The Man Who Finally Died, Basil Dearden's Victim, The League of Gentlemen, Sapphire and All Night Long) There are no subtitles on the region FREE PAL disc.

No extras and only one menus screen - this was a very pragmatic SD production.

As I have said in the past - I much prefer damage to digital manipulation. I enjoyed this presentation immensely - even with the warts. Man on the Run is a wonderful British thriller and someone should restore the film and release a proper extra-filled version. Obviously we can't recommend a purchase at the current offered price - but if you ever see this for cheap-enough don't hesitate. It's a film you will, certainly, re-watch and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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Text for both versions is in German

 

 


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  From 'German' 86-minute version

 


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