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(aka 'Der Fall Teckmann')

directed by Wendy Toye

UK 1954

 

In this detective drama, a biographer researches the death of a heroic pilot who died during a failed test and ends up in love with the deceased's sister. He then learns that the pilot's strange disappearance may not have been accidental and mayhem ensues. Soon other people associated with the case begin to die and the writer becomes nervous until two Scotland Yard inspectors get on the case and solve the mystery.

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Oscar nominee Margaret Leighton, John Justin, Roland Culver and Michael Medwin star in this Brit-noir Cold War thriller involving another intriguing case for Philip Chance, the fictional crime writer created by phenomenally successful novelist and Paul Temple creator Francis Durbridge. Co-scripted by Durbridge and directed by the award-winning Wendy Toye, The Teckman Mystery is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, with its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Crime novelist Philip Chance is commissioned by his publisher to write the biography of Martin Teckman, a young airman who crashed and died whilst testing a new plane. From the moment he arrives home, however, Chance is beset by a series of 'accidents' leaving him in no doubt that there are people who do not want Teckman's past investigated...

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Theatrical Release: October 27th, 1954

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution

Network

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:25:18 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 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:
• Image Gallery
• Original Pressbook PDF

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 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. I thought the film was a decent mystery - with a twist. Nothing is of a strong nature on the 1.66:1 aspect ratio visuals which are consistent and competent - neither the video image, audio nor the film itself have any flaws and it does have enough value to indulge, IMO. The score was by Clifton Parker (Tourneur's Curse of the Demon - US version) and adds some atmosphere. There are no subtitles on the region 2 disc.

Extras include a an image gallery and some pressbook PDF information at the root of the SD disc.

I enjoyed The Teckman Mystery, with its Brit atmosphere, adventure and espionage angles. Worth a spin, for those keen on the genre.

  - Gary Tooze

 


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