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(aka 'The Devil Inside')

directed by Cliff Owen

UK 1961


The Syndicate's William Sylvester heads the cast of this aptly titled early-Sixties suspense thriller featuring an MI5 man entrusted with a high-tension undercover assignment. Co-starring legendary Swedish siren Mai Zetterling and iconic character player John Meillon, Offbeat is a stylish, compelling drama made available here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Equipped with the name and background of a former crook, an MI5 agent on undercover assignment for Scotland Yard coolly carries out a bank robbery to establish his criminal bona fides. His mission is to infiltrate the world of the new breed of criminals whose skilfully planned robberies outwit the Yard a mission fraught with intrigue and danger!.


Theatrical Release: February 1961 (UK)


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Runtime 1:09:33 (4% PAL speedup)

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.37 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.


Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Image Gallery
• Original Synopsis PDF

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2016
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10



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Offbeat is one of the better of these British Crime-thrillers from the late 50's, early 60s. It includes polished burglaries, undercover cops, wrestling gyms, billiard hails, tunnelling, smart criminals and the hottie Mai Zetterling. It's very much in-line with the Noir style and is competently told. This is a good film - and deserved to be longer than it's B-limitations.

The DVD is yet another competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. It's a clean anamorphic (1.66:1) image, a bit thin and glossy but plenty of depth. It's quite sharp and very pleasing in-motion.

Audio is clear and clean with a light jazz score by Ken Jones (Indiscreet) There are no subtitles on the region 2, PAL, disc.

Extras include an image gallery of lobby cards and poster plus a 'synopsis' PDF at the root of the SD disc.

The film may be the best of these short British crime-drams that I have seen so far - The Teckman Mystery (1954), Do You Know This Voice? (1964), Circle of Danger (1951), Murder on Monday (1952). Although I like them all - to date - this stands out for its well told story and 'dark-side' characters. Recommended!

  - Gary Tooze


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