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directed by Reginald Beck, Anthony Bushell

UK 1951

 

Rex Harrison's extramarital relationship with Patricia Wayne comes to an end when Wayne is murdered. All evidence points to Harrison; we know that he's innocent, but the detectives don't have this advantage. With his faithful wife Lilli Palmer at his side, Harrison goes on trial for his life. Anthony Dawson, the genuine murderer, intends to confess after Harrison is hanged. Thanks to a governmental quirk, Dawson's letter reaches the authorities just a few steps ahead of the hangman. Anthony Bushell, co-director of Long Dark Hall, is featured as Harrison's defense attorney. The film was co-scripted by Hollywood's Nunnally Johnson and based on a novel by Edgar Lustgarden...

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A disquieting story of obsession and manipulation unfolds in a critically acclaimed thriller based on a novel by crime writer Edgar Lustgarten.

Oscar and Golden Globe winner Rex Harrison plays a man accused of murdering his mistress, with Lilli Palmer (then Harrison's wife) as the woman who stands by her husband as he fights for his life in the courtroom. An outstanding Brit-Noir, The Long Dark Hall is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements.

When Arthur Groome finds his girlfriend murdered at her Earls Court flat he is stricken with grief and fear. When the police question him about the crime, Arthur, a married man, denies all knowledge of the girl. Soon, however, he finds himself charged with murder and inexorably drawn towards the gallows...

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Theatrical Release: February 6th, 1951

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Network

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:24:42 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.75 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: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Image Gallery

DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2016
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

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Comments

Another competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. The film is combination murder-mystery-court-room drama. It has some nice touches including the lighting and shadows. I was in the mood and it satisfied.

The image is strong - good contrast and a from a clean, undamaged, source. It's consistent showing some texture and is very pleasing for the format. There are no subtitles on the region 2 disc.

The sounds is lossy Dolby but the sounds a bit weak in the high end (screetchy) with an atmospheric score by Benjamin Frankel (notable for composing the music for the British version of Night and the City, plus some Noirish titles like Libel and Footprints in the Fog as well as The Iron Petticoat and The Importance of Being Earnest.)

Extras consist of only an image gallery.

The film is not as typical as the majority for this genre. I liked the premise and the mystery / court room aspect with two strong performances. Not Noir - but in the realm and worth a spin or more for those you appreciate the type.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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